Brooke Notes: The Publisher Perspective

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Congratulations! You made it to 2021! I love the month of January because it signifies new beginnings. While yes, we are all perfectly capable of making plans and setting intentions ANY time of year, it’s always a bit more exciting at the beginning of a new year – the ultimate fresh start.

While I am not one to set New Year’s resolutions, I do like to choose a word for the year. My word for 2020 was gratitude…and I won’t lie, it was quite challenging at some points during 2020. What is the idea behind choosing a word for the year? Think of it as your theme. You focus on this word, the meaning behind it, how it can help you grow as a person and perhaps even more importantly, how it can help you be a better human to those around you.

Journal about it. Set it as your phone background. Write it on your mirror. Put a lot of thought into it before choosing! I considered several… compassion, focus, forgiveness, intention, joy, mindfulness, passion, present, simplicity… but the one I landed on is the perfect fit.


Permission to be myself. Permission to not need approval from others. To seek growth and not be held down. Permission to hold onto the good memories of the past but to let go of the bad ones. Permission to give myself grace. Permission is a big deal for this recovering people-pleaser. Realizing that I am the only person that can fully give myself this… is a big milestone. I am confident that in giving myself permission, I can in turn be a better daughter, sister, dog-mom, friend, advocate for my community and leader.

I am absolutely honored to be serving as the President of the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce for 2021! I’ve been a part of this group since I was a timid 22-year-old with no idea how to network and I’m incredibly grateful to the people in this organization who have been such a huge part of my professional and personal growth. The theme for this year is “reboot” and I think we can all agree that we need a bit of rebooting after this past year. I love this group because, like Forsyth Woman, they are all about supporting one another and supporting local. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a member, visit or send me an email,

We’ve featured the owner of Club Pilates on our cover this month! Kristin had her grand opening in February of 2020 and despite the extremely difficult circumstances, has not only survived, but thrived as a business owner. I’ve had the pleasure of taking a class at her studio and I would highly recommend it! They meet you where you are regardless of your current fitness level. Try an introductory class for free to see how you like it! Be sure to tell them Forsyth Woman sent you!

As always, thank you for choosing to pick up Forsyth Woman each month. I hope you’ll learn something new and valuable within these pages!  We love what we do, and I am grateful that our amazing readers allow me to have my dream job with a dream team! Click HERE to scroll through and read all of our January content!

Be sure to give us a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We’ve been working extra hard at producing valuable social media content for you—you won’t want to miss out!

P.S. The Forsyth Mags Podcast turns ONE this month! Haven’t tuned into an episode yet? What are you waiting for?? New episodes release every Thursday and are available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or any of your favorite podcast streaming platforms. Enjoy listening? Leave a rating or a review!

All my best,







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