A fond farewell to a dream

In years past, I’ve seen men and women in what I would consider “dream jobs” – coaching big-time college or professional teams, CEOs of major corporations, publishers of major newspapers – leaving and citing their reasons for doing it as “family concerns.”

I never really understood those decisions then. In my mind, they had made it! They were successful! In some cases, they were doing the type of job I desperately wanted! How could they possibly be unhappy?

Now I’ve had a dream job – the dream of owning my own business and writing about what I want – for four years as the head of FuquaSports and FuquaMedia, publishing stories that I’ve been passionate about.

The passion hasn’t died, but the realities of life have risen and now I must say goodbye to this dream.

This issue of Academics In Motion is the last publication to be printed by Fuqua Media.

I’m a one-man band here. I’ve written almost every word, taken almost every photo, sold and built almost every ad, and I’ve distributed every one of these magazines by hand after driving to Santa Fe monthly to pick them up from the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The business isn’t losing money – I could conceivably keep doing this for the rest of my life. But it isn’t enough for me to be comfortable, either. I’m finding it hard to provide for my family.

I have to give a huge thanks to all those who believed in me and supported me these past four years:

• My parents, who always knew their boy would grow up to do something great.

• All the sponsors who purchased ads both in these magazines and on my websites. Without you, this would never have been sustainable.

• Members of the community who saw what I was doing and got it, who understood what I was trying to do. I saw a need and tried to fill it.

• Above all else, I must thank my wife, Anna, who convinced me to start this in January of 2014 and cheered me on as I tried to make it fly. She’s always been by my side through thick and thin, and I wouldn’t be anywhere good without her.

It’s painful to end this, sure, but I’ve already made peace with it. I look forward to what the future will bring for me, and I’m hoping sometime, down the road, I might get the opportunity to do this kind of thing again, for the wonderful community of Ruidoso and Lincoln County.

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