So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen and good bye STAR 94!

NEW CHAPTER

You know that feeling when you should be sad about something but you are not?  It’s that feeling you get when a relationship that is no longer good for you is over. You don’t wish them any ill will. They don’t wish you any ill will. You are just SO happy to be free. Well, that is exactly how I feel right now. Free. Free to be me.

I am truly grateful for the many wonderful years at STAR 94. (Twelve years next month to be exact.) I met so many great people in and out of the radio station. People who profoundly changed and/or influenced who I am as a person. Doing ten years of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Radiothons, I met so many strong families who showed me what courage is. I met so many amazing women who told me that because I talked about my experience with Breast Cancer on the radio that they went and had a check up. Woohoo! I received tons of emails from people offering me up encouragement through Divorce, Breast Cancer and the loss of my Daddy just a few years back. I also received tons of emails from people offering up congratulations through a new marriage, births of two children and both my mom and me being Cancer-free!

Being on STAR 94 gave me a voice. A voice to talk about things that are truly important to me. How to help victims of sex-trafficking through Wellspring Living.  Some amazing Breast Cancer charities…Young Survival Coalition, The Atlanta 2-Day, Susan G. Komen, Pink Heals and more. I spent five years getting to host the Autism Foundation of Georgia’s Candlelight Ball with one of my besties Heather Branch. Raising awareness and being involved with the ALS Association of Georgia, Serv International and many more great organizations.

I have said over the last few years that one of my favorite sayings is a French phrase La Joie De Vivre…translated is, the joy of living or the joy of life. I try very hard to focus on people, things or experiences that bring just that to my life and the life of my family. Joy. If someone or something is not bringing in joy, then it must go out and such is the case with my departure. I feel so very Blessed and grateful though for the time I had at STAR 94 and have very few regrets except maybe how unhappy I really was this past year at work. Looking back though, I see it now as a learning experience and I guess you can never regret that.

I am super excited about my upcoming break! However, I am even more truly excited about what the future holds and as I have been telling my friends for months…I remain Faithful. Faithful that I trust someone who is much bigger and better than me. Let Go and Let God right?! So I am letting go and oh, I am sleeping in. 🙂 No, really, you have NOOO idea how happy I am to shut my alarm clock off for a while and recharge. Get healthy again. Get rested again and be happy again in whatever I decide to do next!In the meantime, I will be working on my Blog here on Surviving Mommy. I have not really had the time to focus on it as much as I’d like, until now. I will also be finishing up my time as Chair for the Serenbe Playhouse Gala on April 25th which I hope to see all of you at in Serenbe! (Tix on sale soon!!) I would love if we could all stay in touch here on Surviving Mommy and continue to keep in touch on social media too.

And just one final note, THANK YOU! Thank you to all of you who have been with me and my family through the ups and downs. Thank you for allowing me into your lives and for reminding me everyday why I truly love radio. It’s one of the few mediums that allows you to have personal relationships with the people who are a part of your brand.  I am so grateful for all of you and for this entire experience. Thank you also to my morning work family, Jimmy, Producer Casey, Rob Stadler, Checka and David for enduring this crazy time as well. And my biggest thank you to my family and friends for your unwavering support. I love you.

I look forward to letting you know where you can hear or see me next, but until then I will be Surviving Mommy!

XO Surviving Mommy (Cindy)

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”
Proverbs 31:25

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35 Comments

  • Chandra LaPlume Pereira says:

    onward and upward baby! I’ll be following you here from now on….best of everything!

  • christiking says:

    This is my newborn daughter’s life verse. Another translation says “….she smiles at the future”. Perfect for your perspective. Happy for you and have enjoyed listening!!

  • Alice Mayer Camejo says:

    You will be missed, but only the best… Only the best!

  • Lori Northcutt Evans says:

    Thank YOU for making me smile for so many years! I will miss hearing your sweet, happy voice every morning, but wish you all the love and happiness you’ve given tenfold!

  • GiGi says:

    You will shine! Good luck and onward and upward!

  • I am thrilled for you and your new adventure – whatever it may be! It’s important to be happy in the work that you do, especially when you’re a mom and that’s job#1, so you deserve for job #2 to be something you enjoy and that isn’t as stressful. I can’t wait to hear what you end up doing and I’m inspired by you to go step out of your comfort zone and try something new. I’m right there with you wanting to switch things up into this new year!! Good luck lady.

  • Tom Sullivan says:

    Cindy, so thrilled that you are set free! I remember my last day at Star 94 and I too was sad but yet glad. There was a supernatural peace that superseded all understanding and I’ve grown to learn what is really important in my life. I thought the radio and TV life defined who I am but grew to learn I define ME! I am defined by a light that shines from within and illuminates even brighter than it did before. I am excited for your new future and growth through all of this. I don’t look back at any of my radio or TV experiences with regret but embrace them as #LifeLessons. Love and Gratitude for all my joy in media and the joys that will come from new ventures…whether broadcast or faithcast, may 2015 continue to bring more peace, love, health and light to us all! Tom http://www.TomOnAir.com

    • Cliff Harrison says:

      Way to keep it about Cindy.

    • Christine Murray Humphreys says:

      Tom, I remember you! I became less faithful to Star 94 when Steve n Vicki were gone, but LOVED Cindy (not so much Ray, warmed up to Jimmy)
      What a beautiful post! Best of luck to ALL!!

  • Devoria says:

    Cindy, I am sooooo excited for you!!!!!…..the verse you posted “Proverbs 31:25” now has me thinking of how I plan to “step out on faith”. Your posting has given me encouragement and something to really think about. Congratulations on feeling the free life. I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more than you do. Your strength has truly sustained you in many ways, and it shows. My prayer for you is that you will succeed in whatever you feel to be the next journey in your life….You are truly a “surviving mommy”……MUCH, MUCH LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!

  • Titania Jordan says:

    Excited to follow your journey, sweet friend. You are in good hands. 🙂

  • Brian Clowdus says:

    Cannot wait for the next chapter!! LOVE that Serenbe Playhouse Gala got such a nice shout out… La Pasion, here we come!!

  • Crystal Keith Akers says:

    You will continue to do great things Cindy. Love and Prayers always to you and your beautiful famly! Cant wait to see what the future has in store for you, only wonderful things, im sure of it!!!

  • desmiller says:

    You know I wish you nothing but the best–and as you already know, there’s lots of life beyond broadcasting!

  • Cliff Harrison says:

    Great run on Atlanta radio. One of the longest I can remember.
    Good luck.

  • Becky Waters Thackston says:

    Love you Cindy!!!!! Always!

  • Courtney says:

    You should think of going into real estate!!

  • Tami Dickinson says:

    I hate you’re not on Atlanta radio any longer. So totally OUR loss. But, I do wish you well, Cindy, on your next adventures. So honored to be one of your Facebook friends!

  • Beverly Kelley Hammond says:

    Kudos to you! I will miss you on the show, but will keep up with and in touch with you! I have been thinking about doing the same. Been at my job 12 yrs also. We all love you, Cindy and your precious family!

  • Christina says:

    Me and my kids so miss listening to you on the show. Completely understand…u have to make yourself happy before you can make anyone else happy!!! Will be reading your blog.

  • judy says:

    My favorite quote. When someone hands you lemons you make lemonade. Love you Cindy and best of luck in your next adventure.

  • jaye watson says:

    Excited for you. Please keep me in the loop with your plans and let me know if I can help. And I am insanely jealous that you are sleeping in. 🙂 Good luck and God bless, girlie. xoxo

  • Astrid Dippold says:

    Wow, am I late to the party! This entire time I had been hoping against hope that you were on vacation. Know that you kept me sane during my dreadful morning commute, but that I know what it is like to find yourself in a place where you are simply not happy anymore. While I mourn losing you as my early morning cheerleader, I applaud you for walking away before the misery consumed you. You will be missed – dearly missed – but I hope that you find exactly what you are looking for and that it fulfills you to no end! Thank you for everything, Cindy!

  • Shonna May says:

    I miss your bubbly self on my morning trips taking the kids to school. Star94 is pretty dull these days. I’m glad you’re happy, though!

  • mindy Holbrook says:

    I am happy for you! It is important to free the soul and to let go of things/people that are not good or have just “run its course” . There is a season for everything! Much love!

  • Melissa Murrell says:

    So happy for you to take time to reflect on what is important for you & making yourself happy. I changed jobs 2 years ago & it truly changed my life. I am so much happier & a better wife & mother because of it. Wish you all the best & looking forward to following your posts. P.S. Mornings are just not the same without you in my ear!

    • Awwww thanks Melissa! I miss you all in the morning but I don’t miss that place at all. Yes, happy to be happy again and enjoying my time with my family and friends!! Thank you for following me on here, I really appreciate it!!! 🙂

  • Elaine says:

    Miss you in the morning Cindy…best of luck and enjoy your time to rejuvenate 🙂

  • Lauren Taylor says:

    You are absolutely inspiring Cindy!!!! Keep it up!!

  • Nina L. Amrozowicz says:

    Gosh!?! Could not beleive No Cindy on Star of mornings!?! Did not know what had happened, but one morning had radio on taking my youngest Daughter to Middle s hool and did not hear her voice (Cindy’s)!?! And two different hosts and like what is up? Vacation, then new hosts just said we have. Een on for 2 weeks now and getting settled in!?! Okay, but we’re is Cindy!?! I just had remembered ered your last. American and checked on FB a d seen you have a follow up blog
    I hope and Pray All is Week and that we all will still hear from you and what is been happening!?! Just so use to you All these years and we’ll had to change the Country music my youngest Daughter kept listening on the way to school, and told her let Mommy hear my Radio Station a d the people and what’s been happening and All, interesting things and such, so that is how I heard No Cindy!?! Boy upsetting!!! I know not just I but many people too, so just keep us posted and Good Luck to what is in store for the future!?! May God be with You and your Family and the new adventure and chapter in your life!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks for the memories and the years you brought in the mornings on radio!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Nina L. A.

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