Welcome to the second edition of the “new” Natural Awakenings Greater Boston/Rhode Island magazine. We are so excited to be reaching new audiences and crossing the not-so-distant span from Rhode Island to the Boston area.
My journey with Natural Awakenings dates back to the fall of 2007. At the time, I had been in banking for 20 years and was looking for a change. While visiting my mother-in-law in Orlando, Florida, my husband and I went to a small breakfast place one morning where I picked up the Orlando edition of Natural Awakenings. Having been interested in natural health since I was a teenager, I fell in love with the magazine before breakfast was finished. It was as if the skies opened and the heavens sang when I came across the franchise ad that said “Join Our Family of Publishers.” By the time the weekend was over, I was hooked.
I went ahead with the due diligence, but something in me just knew that it was what I was meant to do. I left my job at the bank in May of 2008, jumped off the cliff, purchased the Rhode Island territory and never looked back. The people I have met and the experiences I have had over these past 12 years as publisher of the Rhode Island edition have been among some of the best in my life. That I met Maisie Raftery, the Boston publisher, back in 2010 has been a bonus beyond words. We have worked together over the years on various local projects, and as we worked through the challenges of 2020, it was obvious we could collaborate and deliver so much more value to our customers and readers together. So here we are, looking forward to all the great things the future has in store for us.
The old quote “Man Plans, and God Laughs” has never been truer than during these last 12 months. I like to have at least a general outline of a plan in life, and yet this pandemic has thrown me off as it has so many. Doing something with the Boston magazine had been hinted at, thought about and maybe even dreamed of from time to time, and then, rather suddenly, the time was now. With the many moving parts of two separate but similar magazines merging, we are working hard to create balance and achieve representation for all communities we serve. I will still be here behind the scenes, and look forward to connecting with all of my old friends, as well as new ones, as we come together to make our dreams a reality.
We are headed fast toward springtime with March 21 just three weeks away. Maisie and I have so much to be grateful for and to look forward to as we continue on this crazy journey, together. The vaccines are out and much of our economy will be back in business in the coming months. Talk to us about your ideas and let us share ours for how to reconnect. Let’s reimagine what we’re capable of achieving together.
Here’s to a bright future,
Director of Operations