Publisher Perspective – July 2024

photo by Jodie Brim Creative 

While recording a podcast a few days ago, I had a powerful conversation with one of our writers, Debbie Barr. Debbie recently published four books (yes, FOUR), and one of them is on the topic of overwhelm. We chatted about how life feels more overwhelming than ever these days, and the instantaneous spreading of worldwide news is partially to blame. I don’t believe our brains were wired to handle hearing about this much sadness in our world. It feels overwhelming and helpless. We talked about setting boundaries with how much (bad) news we are allowing ourselves to hear, and that setting this boundary doesn’t mean we don’t care. In fact, it means just the opposite. If we didn’t care, it wouldn’t affect us so strongly. It’s because we DO care so much that it’s painful for us to hear about all of the horrible things going on in the world. 

Unfortunately, some bad things hit closer to home and we can’t avoid them. Just a couple of hours ago, I was just told news of a family friend dying in a car crash, and I can feel my heart physically sinking. It’s hard to understand why such bad things happen to good people. Life really isn’t fair, is it? 

In times of sadness like this, it reminds us that life is short. Too short to hold grudges. Too short not to forgive. Too short to let those silly unimportant things get to you. I know it is cliché, but let this be your reminder to tell your family and friends you love them. A lot. Give them a hug. Pick up the phone and call them. Make plans to spend time together. 

While we pride ourselves in being an uplifting and positive magazine, sometimes life is really hard and really sad, and that’s okay. 

However, in the spirit of finding light even in the tough times, we are excited to share the highlights from our July issue with you. This month, we have a collection of inspiring stories that we hope will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. 

Here’s what you can look forward to in our July issue: 

Despite the challenges we face, there is always something to celebrate and for which to be grateful. We hope this issue brings you joy and inspiration. 

Sending you lots of love,



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