by Stefany J.

Editor In Chief

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WOW. It’s so hard to believe that it’s been ONE FULL YEAR already. When I started this magazine, I had no idea the journey would be so challenging on all fronts. From being able to rely on dependable writing contributors and staff, to securing great photography, I knew nothing about magazine publishing or distribution. I think because the publishing industry has evolved drastically from print to digital, that some may believe it’s a lot easier, more cost effective, and a no-brainer over all. Seeing as how I started digitally to begin with, I can tell you that I might as well have started a print magazine to begin with. The challenges are many and while the support (overall) is minimal, from the challenges with securing advertising, to getting people to simply keep their word and support you in one form or another, I am absolutely blessed by this journey, these goals, and the work itself. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In fact, I’ve got a wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen in my corner and I am grateful for each and every one of them. My parents, family, friends, and even my family members’ friends have all supported this project immeasurably and I can’t thank them enough.

As we embark upon Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as I think of all of the family members I’ve lost too soon to cancer, those who have fought a good fight and have remained with us, those who are in the fight as we speak, I can’t help but wonder how we’ve come so far in so many areas, yet remain challenged in what should be conquerable.

I guess it ties into the laws of the universe. What goes up must come down, and taking steps backward only give you more momentum to propel further when you have a mark you’re trying to reach.

I am very proud of this birthday issue of ours. We’ve profiled some dynamic women, we have been able to add new members to the administrative team and are moving forward in an even better direction than we once anticipated, and I can’t wait!

What many don’t know is we landed a print distribution deal last Spring. I tried for months to raise the print revenue to be able to make the mark and have our work in Barnes & Noble Stores and Newsstands all over the country. Unfortunately, it was not yet our time and I was unable to do so, so we remain a PRINT ON DEMAND work. While initially I was disappointed, I regrouped and realized that a pre- mature baby can face awesome challenges during its first year of life and even those thereafter. I don’t ever want to be pre-mature in anything I think, speak or do and this is no exception.

So I will wait patiently until it’s our time, because one day it will be. And if we impact you, then it already is!

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