Edition 39: In Gratitude, We Thrive
As the year is coming to an end, I’m realizing more and more how much I am grateful for! Despite so many changes coming at all of us, I hope the rest of the community is able to find some things within each and every day for which to be appreciative and grateful.
Three years ago in August, two women inching close to 40, decided to partner up and create Midwest Nest Magazine, from the ground up. With two crazy months of preparation, we were able to launch our very first issue in October 2017. Unsure if our dream would be embraced or ignored, we forged ahead, keeping our eye on the local people, places, and organizations that were important to us. Three years into our journey, three design challenges, and over 40 regional and national awards later, we're still here and still proud.
As we finished writing the April issue, while self-quarantining, I was reminded of how much I love my family, and love(d) my freedom. It is our job to work on a whim, running to and from shoots, driving all over the region, engaging with new people and getting to experience how others live. I'm fondly remembering the days when people would welcome you into their home, offer a warm hug, and not even consider your level of disinfection.
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.
With our first issue in the archives, my publisher Susan Hozak-Cardinal and I decided that our second issue could not disappoint. Starting with another clean slate, we went to work on November's issue and the let stories lead the way.
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