Brooke Notes: The Publisher’s Perspective

Bear Run 2013
Sherri (L), Brooke (R)

Ten years ago, around this time, I was running up grandfather mountain for the FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW! Five miles straight uphill. My running partner (Sherri) and I would train hills all summer long for this race. I ran a marathon later that same year and immediately post-marathon, I was done with running. I was burnt out. I started doing CrossFit and strength training a few years later, and I quickly fell in love with how strong and empowered it made me feel. Five years later, I continue to genuinely enjoy working out. I’m a huge believer that if you hate exercise, you simply haven’t found the right kind of exercise yet. Or the right community! Both are crucial in my opinion. Keep looking. There are so many options! I can just about guarantee something is out there that you’ll enjoy doing with a group of people that you enjoy doing it with. You’ll likely never stick with a workout that you hate doing. 

Why am I telling this story? Because our cover feature this month (Salem Gymnastics & Swim) brings back fond memories of my childhood and journey to a healthy lifestyle. I took gymnastics classes at Salem for several years as a kid and absolutely loved everything about it. Years later, as I’ve grown to love CrossFit, I realize even more how much incredible strength and ability it takes to be a gymnast. These athletes are truly amazing. I had the pleasure of attending the photo shoot for this one, and watching the movements you see on the cover and inside story in action was incredible. It feels very “full circle” to work with Beth and her awesome team in this capacity. You won’t want to miss this cover story! While this season has brought Salem many trials and tears, it’s also brought exciting opportunities. 

It’s hard to believe this month means BACK TO SCHOOL! Summer always flies by, doesn’t it? Things to note that are happening this month: 

  • Forsyth Woman Magazine’s Girls’ Night Out event on August 3rd at Tucker’s Tap Yard 
  • Gears & Guitars is back for it’s 10th year on August 4-6th
  • The Winston-Salem Open August 19-26th
  • Crisis Control Ministry presents Rhythm & Hope on August 26th 

As always, you can find our calendar of events in print and online. 

Last, but certainly not least, we’re honored to feature Morgan + Deep Patel’s wedding in this issue. You’re going to want to check out the absolutely gorgeous photos and read all about a weekend full of celebrating two traditions. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy month of August!

All my best, 



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