Brooke Notes: Publisher’s Perspective

When December rolls around, I love going through the camera roll on my phone and compiling my “favorite” photo from each month of the year. It’s a great gratitude exercise and if you are like me and don’t have a “best” memory, it’s always fun to look back through the year. I made a point to take a good amount of video clips instead of just photos these last 11 months. I love the way a video can truly take you back to that moment even better than a still shot can. I’ve included a few of my favorite photos from 2022 here—it was one big, eventful, exciting year!

PHOTO BY JODIE BRIM CREATIVE

Some of the high points included: lots of DIY home projects in our new home, the inaugural Women on the Move Leadership Conference, watching several of my friends become moms for the first or second time, launching our fourth publication, LKN Magazine, putting on our largest ever Tour de Boutique event and last but certainly not least, officially opening the doors to Washington Park CrossFit! As I’m writing this, it’s still early November… so I have no doubt this year still has even more good things to come! While all the things I mentioned are “big” moments, I’d be remiss not to mention those little moments, too. The dog walks around the neighborhood, late nights spent at the gym getting it ready to open, boat rides on the lake with my family. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again—those little moments are what’s important. None of the big things would matter without those seemingly “unimportant” little moments trickled in.

The December issue is a special one! Our team has poured hours upon hours of hard work into making this issue a resourceful, insightful and inspiring magazine for you to enjoy from cover to cover. You know we are always going to encourage you to “shop local” and the holiday gift guide in this issue is a perfect resource for doing just that.

We’ve featured the beautiful Rachel Morales on our cover this month. Rachel is the owner of Evelyn Rose Boutique, an adorable store tucked in the heart of Burke street in downtown Winston-Salem. You can read all about Evelyn Rose Boutique HERE.

Mark your calendar for Girls’ Night Out on Wednesday, December 7th at Butcher & Bull! Curious what the food is like? We had the pleasure of featuring Butcher & Bull as our Foodie Review for this issue and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Read about the delicious new menu (and see some pretty darn amazing photos) HERE. And the best part about this month’s GNO event? Butcher & Bull is going to be completely decked out in Christmas décor. Quite literally from floor to ceiling. You won’t want to miss this one! Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 336.722.5232 or on Open Table (please add a comment that says “GNO”)

I’d like to close with a heartfelt THANK YOU to the publisher of Forsyth Family, Robin Bralley. I’ve considered Robin another “mom” in my life for as long as I can remember. She’s kind, genuine, a sweet soul and a woman of tremendous faith. December marks her last issue as publisher of Forsyth Family, but don’t worry, she is still very much on our team and you’ll see her around town distributing magazines among other things.

While December can be a cheerful season, it can also be a tough season for some. I encourage you to remember that as you are doing your Christmas shopping and planning your holiday events. No matter the time of year, I believe it’s always important to give everyone a little grace as we never know what others may be going through. Whether it’s refraining from road rage or holding the door open for a few extra people—these little gestures of kindness can go a long way in our world.

Wishing you the best holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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