Letter From The Publisher
Life is filled with highs and lows – happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger through the challenges.
Rumi, a 13th century poet and philosopher, once said, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
A couple of months ago life was different for all of us. Here at Heartland LIVING, we were working on the April & May Issue with our advertisers and finishing our feature stories that we were so excited about. Then it was like our world stopped. An unknown virus not only changed our lives but our world. Without hesitation, we were not going to let something we knew nothing about stop the publication of the magazine. We had you, our dedicated advertisers and readers that have trusted us going on nine years and we weren’t going to disappoint you. ” We Stayed Strong with You” and will continue to do so until all this craziness is over. Yes, I said craziness because that is the only way I know how to describe it as it is continuing in different ways as I’m writing this.
Looking to the Positive! I don’t know about you, but this time has given me quiet time to reevaluate my life. Time to regain perspective on what is important and things I can do without. I know I’ve seen through this trying time the outpouring of love and help in so many different ways. We wish we could have listed all of the positive things going on in our Heartland Communities but it would have gone on and on. We are proud and thankful to each and every one of you for your kindness, giving and patience. I think moving forward we will all have a new “normal”, but I always say normal is overrated. It is my prayer that we are stronger and kinder as we come back together.
I’m so thankful for my team who stepped up and has done what was needed to bring you the exciting and heartfelt stories we have in our Summer Issue. We feel we have a combination of stories for everyone. Thank you to the ones that gave a helping hand to those in need during this pandemic. We have only scratched the surface sharing the stories of all the good deeds and selfless acts of kindness that took place in our Heartland Communities.
We thank you for all your support and ask that you support not only our dedicated advertiser’s businesses but also all of our local businesses. We are all “Coming Together”.