January 2022 Brooke Notes: The Publisher Perspective



When you act out of passion you will find your way. When you act out of obligation, you will lose it. – Dr. Shefali

I love this quote and feel that it can apply to many things in life, from your career to your relationships.

Every year I like to choose a word of the year. Last year, my word was permission. This year, my word is passion.

I read a fascinating article recently about passion. The original (Latin) concept of the word was “to suffer” or to be interwoven with suffering. How does this relate to the word passion in 2022? When you are passionate about something, it doesn’t mean that it’s always amazing, fun or perfect. You may not even always like doing it, but it matters to you. It matters so deeply to you that you are willing to suffer for it.

One example? Working out! Or for me specifically, CrossFit. I am passionate about CrossFit and what it does for my mental and physical health. I love it. Some days I can hardly wait to get to the gym! Other days, it’s all I can do to get off the couch and even when I get to the gym, I’m not into it. This doesn’t mean I’m not passionate about it. It means my motivation and my energy goes up and down. Regardless of my current level of motivation, my passion to learn new skills and maintain an active lifestyle overrides. We aren’t robots, we’re human! We can’t stay 100% excited about anything in life 100% of the time.

The same can be said for this magazine. I am incredibly passionate about Forsyth Woman (as is my mom, Keela who started this publication over 16 years ago). However, we have our tough days! Don’t we all? But even on the toughest of days, quitting or giving up never crosses my mind. We can’t expect to have that happiness and excitement all of the time when it comes to what we are passionate about. Your passion(s) will cause you a bit of suffering now and then. Your passions are worth a bit of suffering now and then. Soak it in! Enjoy the suck! The bad days make the great days even more enjoyable.

Why is this important? Passion is strongly correlated to purpose. And finding your purpose, in my opinion, is directly correlated to feeling fulfilled in life.

Ok, enough about passion! On to what you can expect to find in the January issue! I’m thrilled that you chose to pick up this issue of Forsyth Woman. Truly, it means the world to me and to our entire team.

If you haven’t yet, please save the date for Monday, March 28th! Forsyth Woman is hosting our first ever Women on the Move conference at the gorgeous WinMock at Kinderton! What can you expect from this all-day event? Expect to meet amazing like-minded women, experience growth both professionally and personally, and have a ton of fun. This event is going to be one you won’t want to miss! You can read all about the event and find the link to purchase your tickets HERE. Don’t wait too long to snag your ticket(s) as they are limited and won’t last long.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll join us for our first Girls’ Night Out event of 2022 on Wednesday, January 5th at Davie Tavern! We have some awesome GNO events lined up for the year already—you can stay in-the-know by subscribing to our newsletter (head to forsythwoman.com, scroll to the bottom of our homepage and enter your email address) and by following us on Instagram and Facebook @forsythmags! If you are interested in learning how your restaurant can host a Girls’ Night Out event, please reach out! You can email me at brooke@forsythmags.com for more information.

A huge congratulations to Jeff Smith, Founder of Smitty’s Notes, who is celebrating 25 years in business this year! Wow! What a milestone. Jeff has been such a blessing in connecting the Winston-Salem community; I encourage you to read all about his journey on page XX.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2022!

All my best,



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