I could use my entire December editorial to talk about the importance of shopping small businesses during the holidays, but by now, we should all know the impact that shopping local can have on our economy and the strength of our community. This year, if you promise to spend your dollars wisely and locally, I will spare you my annual rant and share an entirely different concept in "shopping small".
Last August, when Susan and I first sat down to discuss starting Midwest Nest from scratch, we predicted it was going to be a crazy adventure, and we were right. We published our first issue in October of 2017 and with each passing month, we found an outpouring of support.
Whether you're living large or just living in the moment, I'd like to put a stop to our predisposition to define the perfect home. Perfection is an interesting pursuit, but I'm not sure if it carries a unified definition anymore. As an editor of a home design magazine, I have toured all 17 of the above homes and every one of them has convinced me that it is perfect...perfect for them. I think that perfection can be anything that makes us uniquely happy, regardless of the standards our neighbors have set. At the end of the day, it's wherever and whatever you want - you're the one that has to live there.
Goodbye flannel and boots with the fur, we'll see you again...I know for sure.
We're thankful for the sun, heat and rain - really anything that's not frozen is a big-time gain. Margaritas are the exception, with summer on the way, but first, let's show you the gorgeous homes and businesses of May.
It brings me joy and gratitude to share with you stories and celebrations in our seventh edition of Midwest Nest. It's exciting to see so many other businesses in our community celebrate alongside us, as new businesses are born and current businesses spread their wings. As you can see by this month's cover, featuring Jill Krahn and Jodi Ellingson of the new Hair Success, we are proud to be able to showcase the hard work and stories of their own leaps of faith. Not only will you visually see some beautiful new homes and businesses in the Fargo area, editor Tracy Nicholson will share with you the stories that built their foundation. Although our story is only seven issues deep, Krahn and Ellingson's is 32-years in the making, built on past experience, passion, partnerships and endless determination.
Congrats on becoming the first feline featured on a Midwest Nest cover!
Your pose was purr-fection.
We're happy to bid adieu to January's record-breaking, low temps, yet I can't help but smile, laugh and maybe cringe when I think about what our team endured to make this month's issue happen. Kudos to all of our team members, contributors and photographers who braved the elements to give February some fantastic content.
With every issue, I like to imagine that the words in our pages make an impact, even if it's just a small ripple in our community. Maybe it's a delusional thought, but then again, maybe something we type will actually resonate with a single person or even an entire organization. There's also a chance that many of our readers will skip the story and set their sights on the photography. That's ok too. This month, all I ask is that you take the time to read at least one story. Let me explain why.
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