letter from the publisher
It happened so fast. The COVID-19 pandemic arrived, and suddenly all of our plans came to a screeching halt. Churches, temples, and mosques have closed, businesses were shut down, and the term “social distancing” became part of society’s vocabulary. We can’t socialize as we once did, but we can still go to the grocery store as long as we’re masked. Who would have thought this would be our new “norm” in 2020?
As we planned our 30th Anniversary issue, I can honestly say this is not what I had in mind. I thought this would be the perfect year to celebrate big with a charity fundraiser. It reminds me of the John Lennon lyrics in “Beautiful Boy”: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” That statement has never been more accurate for so many people, all at the same time.
As a small business owner who greatly depends on local businesses and the support of their patrons, I, like so many of you, have felt the overwhelming impact of this global pandemic. I’ve always been honest with you, and after 30 years, I don’t think now is the time to stop. Therefore, I’ll admit I became depressed, angry, and frustrated, and then when I was done, I felt grateful.
The power of gratitude has had the biggest effect on my life. Simply giving thanks influenced everything. It made me more positive and productive – a better wife, mother, daughter, and sister – and an overall happier person.
If you’re feeling low, remember there are billions of people worse off than you. I hope we can all realize we already have more than enough, and that happiness is not a destination… it’s here now. However, if you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please reach out to your doctor. There is no shame in needing professional help.
Every year, we dedicate one issue to the women who are propelling businesses, industries, communities, and the workforce to new heights. This year is no different, as we feature “30 Women Worth Watching.” They are leading initiatives and innovation, bringing continued prosperity to our communities. Although their talents and careers take many forms and span several industries, they all hold one thing in common: They’re all worth watching.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a disease we should think about every month. Breast cancer isn’t discerning; it strikes women of all ages. Fortunately, its survival rate has never been higher, especially when diagnosed early. Be sure to check out “30 Things You Should Know About Breast Cancer.”
I’m proud to be sharing this 30th Anniversary issue with you, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this amazing journey. Fortunately, I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. I’ve learned that nothing worth having is easy. I learned early on we only exist because of our advertisers, and I’m so indebted to them. I also realized I couldn’t do this publication alone. I’m extremely thankful for a small but dedicated group of people behind the scenes (meet them on page 57).
The real joy is the way you, our readers, have embraced our publication over the years. My heart is full of thanks to each and every one of you for bringing us into your home, and to those of you who have passed us along to your family and friends. Over the last three decades I’ve not just grown as a person, I’ve also grown in gratitude for the opportunity to share words and ideas with you.
A toast to you! It’s really “our” anniversary. I couldn’t have made it without you.
Until next time, live, laugh, love, and stay healthy!