The End of an Era


A personal blog, say what? It’s been a hard two weeks. Harder than I’d like to admit. I’ve spent more time crying than I have in years. I’ve spent less time talking than is probably healthy for me. But it’s all happening none the less. 2014 is going to look a whole lot different than I thought it would. Not in a bad way. Just… different.

It was officially announced today that the title I work on, seventeen magazine South Africa, will close after our December 2013 issue (official press release is here) and on Sunday, The Boyfriend and I broke up (I guess he needs a name now, like the rest of them, Let’s go with Dean).

None of this is anyone’s fault.
Things are as they are.
Saying good bye is never easy, but I’ll get there.

And one thing is for sure, I regret not a second of either of these. They were both beautiful, valuable, life altering experiences. And I was lucky and blessed to have had both.


8 thoughts on “The End of an Era

  1. We’ve all been there about the bf thing. I’m so surprised to hear about Seventeen though. I just read the press release: “Continue to serve the South African youth market…” Does that mean they will bring you along to their next project? Or are you moving on anyway? I wish I could be a fly on the wall in that boardroom meeting. I’m wondering about the financials. Also wondering if Media24 will just create a teen magazine with a specifically local context and if Hearst will secure a new buyer. I’m rambling with questions you cannot answer but behind it all is my shock, confusion and disappointment!

    I don’t read Seventeen anymore as I’m basically a grandmother now but my inner child feels brokenhearted. My little sister loves the mag. She hasn’t missed a single copy. Thanks for the hard work all of you women put into it over the years.

  2. So it’s true. *smh* This is one of those times that I hoped people on Twitter had it wrong.
    I can’t believe Seventeen is closing! I’ve been reading it since 2005/6, and it’s the magazine that truly convinced me that I wanted to work for a women’s interest publication. I still hoped to apply to the Academy πŸ™‚
    It will be so strange not seeing it on shelves every month…

    I can’t even imagine what you’re feeling about your job coming to an end. I’m sorry. I wish you the best with your next job- which you will find soon, because your contribution to Seventeen features over the past two years has been really top quality!

    As the Afrikaans say: “strongs” πŸ˜‰

  3. Many hugs to you Jess! Stay strong. Your attitude is inspiring and you are awesome. I wish you the very best of luck in everything you do! Onwards indeed! Lots and lots of love from afar. xox

  4. It’s never easy finding out that something you have poured blood, sweat and tears into is ending. I have really admired how far your career has come in such a short time. You are a super star. You’ll own 2014.

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