“I am grateful that my horizons were not narrowed at the outset.”

—Jessye Norman

As November rolls around, we’re eagerly awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones.

The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past and thinking of the people, experiences and things we’ve been blessed with in the last year.

As we press pause on the hustle and bustle of life putting together a monthly magazine, we’re able to look back on the past year and think about what we are thankful for. Two years ago, if you had told us that we would be working together as a mother-daughter team, owning and growing two influential monthly publications in Douglas County, we probably would have laughed at you. But as we take a moment to choke back a tear or two (if you’ve attended any of our events, you know we are both emotional criers) and pinpoint what we are most grateful for two years into this incredible journey, we would list three overarching things:  

First, we are thankful to our family, parents and friends for not limiting our horizons and for always supporting our endeavors, however crazy they may sometimes seem in the beginning. 

Second, we are thankful to our team. To Steven and Matthew, the founders of Lifestyle Publications, thank you for creating a model that allows us to bring good news to our readers and build our dream business right here in our own backyard. To the corporate team, thank you for your unwavering support on a daily basis, which is key to creating our beautiful local publications. And to Jennifer Starbuck, our fearless and driven editorial coordinator, we are forever grateful that you took this leap of faith with us—we truly could not do this without you.

And third, but most meaningfully, we are thankful to you, our readers and community partners and the stories you have shared with us that have made what we do possible. We also take this chance to think of those less fortunate and encourage you to take the opportunity this giving season to donate to organizations or charities giving back locally.

We hope that as you read this issue, you—like us—find inspiration in the lives and experiences of your neighbors and the connections that have been made. Happy Thanksgiving, Parker!