Feeling a little nostalgic this month as it marks the 15th anniversary for Forsyth Family Magazine. To say I had no idea what I was doing November of 2007 would be an understatement! After all, I am not a journalism major and had never worked in publishing of any sorts. But, I had a fearless friend who shepherded me along; you know her as Keela Johnson, retired publisher of Forsyth Woman Magazine and now current publisher of the new LKN Magazine. We had a passion for our community and wanted to help share all the goodness with others that we could. And, like everything I do, I try to do it from the heart!
We’ve certainly come a long way since that first issue! And, while the magazine has grown and transformed, a lot has changed for my family in the last 15 years, as well. We survived the teenage years with two amazing daughters, weathered becoming empty nesters as they both left for college back to back years. Celebrated the marriage of Briana and Jonathan, followed by my battle with breast and thyroid cancer, and along the way, weathered the loss of several beloved family members. Most recently, we navigated an unprecedented pandemic and downsizing the home we loved for the past 22 years. As I reminisce all I’ve experienced during my time creating this wonderful publication, I am thankful. Thankful for all the experiences along the way. Thankful for all the amazing people with which I have crossed paths. Thankful for the team that has helped publish it all these years. Grateful for the advertisers that have made this publication possible and beyond grateful to you, our readers!
The Winston-Salem Symphony is our cover story, and how lucky are we to have them in our great city? If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending one of their performances, make it a point to change that! They are simply the best, and you’ll be amazed at the talent amongst us! The holidays and year ahead are filled with opportunities to experience it for yourself!
I want to take this opportunity to wish my mom a Happy Birthday and wish everyone a bountiful Thanksgiving!