Letter From The Publisher
It’s hard to believe I started Heartland LIVING in 2012 and now moving into 2020, almost a decade… I am humbled by how far we’ve come and that only partially represents how I feel. Heartland LIVING has been a project, a passion and a personal blessing for me. I thank God for the gift that I get to do what I love everyday and share it with all of you. Because of the number of businesses trusting us with their advertising, supporters, my team, contributors and devoted readers, the magazine has become something far beyond my initial concept and imagination.
Our Holiday Issue is all about gratitude, love, and sharing, which we all need in our lives everyday and especially this time of year. The word gratitude means “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Love means “an intense feeling of deep affection” and sharing means, “give a portion of (something) to another or others.”
When I started brainstorming what we wanted our readers to get out of the Holiday Issue, I knew it was important to bring stories of kindness and giving. I wanted us to create something for you and your families to enjoy and proudly showcase the Heartland Communities.
I feel our writers have captured all of this and more with their personal stories, non-profit organization’s helping out in the communities as well as our Florida Wildlife Corridor newest Mini Trek through the Lake Wales Ridge in the Heartland.
I gained with this issue that even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see what we are grateful for and trust our faith, then we could find the positive everywhere we look. I am so thankful for what has evolved over the eight years of this magazine, and I want to make it a point to never lose that gratitude.
December is always a time for me to look back and reflect on what the year has brought to us. Time to be appreciative of the entire year of all the positive that has happened throughout, and time to let go of everything that needs to stay in 2019. 2020 is a new year and is going to be a year of fresh starts, new beginnings, new chapters, new chances and brand new opportunities for all of us.
As with every year, I want to personally thank you for letting us share pieces of our wonderful communities with you. Without the passion of our neighbors, Heartland LIVING wouldn’t be what it is today. To our advertisers, subscribers, readers, followers, friends and family, thank you for all of your support throughout the years, we create and publish the magazine for you. I am grateful each of you joined us on this humbling journey, and we look forward to our new chapters and new opportunities in 2020. Please stay along for the ride.
Blessings to you and your Family, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!