One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. ~Andy Rooney
Easier said than done, right? The same could be said about letting that pile of dirty laundry wait while you cuddle with a stuffy nosed toddler or logging off of work emails long enough to eat dinner with your family. Who cares that the meal is ravioli?! That email can wait. Seriously! Unless you’re saving lives, there isn’t anything so important at 9pm that can’t wait until 8am the next day.
Five years ago, several thousand Wilson County residents were introduced to something new. Wilson Living Magazine hit stands on October 31, 2008. When we started, there wasn’t a single staff member in place. In fact, we were the staff, along with help from a few close friends and family. We also had no “inventory” as the magazine business calls stories in the pipeline that are ready to be published. A 48-page magazine needed to be produced in eight weeks to hit our deadline.
Talk about a challenge! But we soon had a terrific team assembled, and we did it, debuting what would become our annual holiday issue. An amazing group of editors and writers and artists and illustrators has been responsible for the last 31 issues.
In the last five years, we believe WLM has been lively, provocative, thoughtful, and a fierce example of how one community can offer so many examples of what the good life looks like.
Readers have responded resoundingly. We now get countless letters and emails, applauding what they like, castigating us (YES!) for what they don’t, most of them committed to being part of the journey no matter what. Judging by our increased circulation, readers have embraced both the new voices in the magazine and the seasoned ones.
There are some terrific stories in this issue, and we urge you to savor all of them, from Ken Beck’s feature on the “sweet” candy makers behind Walker Creek Confections in Watertown and Erin Brown’s showcase on Wilson County’s Most Stylish women, to Brody Kane’s look at his high school class (along with Friendship Christian, Lebanon and Mt. Juliet High School) 25 years after graduation.
And we can think of no more apt phrase to close on than the one offered by this issue’s Good Life writer, Amber Hurdle as she faced challenges before becoming one of the most respected names in Life and Professional Coaching, “I might not have had everything I wanted, but I had everything I needed because I had community.”
Until next time, keep reading!
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- Angel Kane & Becky Andrews – Co-Editors
- Erin Brown & Denise Moore – Advertising Consultants
- Dan Kane Jana Pastors, Donna Neeley & Amy Rich – Photography
- Donna Neeley – Creative Art Design & Production
- Chris Smith, Carrie Tomlin, Mary Anne Ferrell – Advertising Design
- Shelley Satterfield – Accounts
- Ken Beck, Roy Harris, Stacey Meadows, Randy Rudder, Sue Siens, Tiffany Cunningham, Amelia Morrison Hipps, Dr. John Gallaher, Brody Kane, Yancey Belcher, Elizabeth Scruggs, Amber Hurdle & Erin Brown – Contributing Writers