Welcome to the new Midwest Nest magazine!
When my friend and now publisher, Susan Hozak-Cardinal brought this idea to my attention, I could not have been more excited about the possibilities. After endless cups of coffee, we determined that our pages would be filled to the brim with fresh ideas and a unique twist on Midwest culture, home, art and cuisine. In other words, all of the things we love. This had to be something the readers would love as well, or it wasn't worth doing. So, as some would say, we decided on a motto of "go big or go home".
Having been an editor for the past four years, I've often seen how a sincere and thoughtful story can make a genuine impact in our community. With impact in mind, we couldn't wait to start anew, building our dream team of graphic designers, photographers and contributors to make each story come alive. We made it our goal to have every bit of content rooted in a passion to show support for our amazing community and culture. I also wanted more than anything, to continue to work with the people that inspired me to write in the first place.
Over the years, the architects, designers, builders and artists that I had worked with, had become more than just interesting subjects of a story, they had become dear friends. As the days passed, we were overwhelmed with their support of our new venture. With a mile-long list of people to thank, Susan and I decided to debut our first issue by featuring just a few of those friends and contributors on our cover. Our only regret is that there is not a cover large enough to show all of the people who have blessed our lives and supported this venture. So, for every issue after, we are making a point to show the work and talent of all of those who may not have been on the cover, but equally, deserve recognition.
We want the community to get to know and appreciate every one of the people who devote their talents to making our community a better and more beautiful place to live.
Humbled, determined, and excited for a new chapter, we leave you with one of my favorite quotes, "Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now." - Unknown
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With sincere gratitude,
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