Ahhh…the crisp days and nights of Autumn.

We’re here! I love fall, always have. This year it started just a tad bit early. As I write this, we are into the second week of September and it got too much like fall way too fast. I had to dig out the warmer clothes and jackets. Pretty weird. Never in my 59 years do I remember a fall that started so early. Maybe by the time that this issue “hits the streets” it will be summer again for awhile. However, that certainly is not what the long range forecast says!

I have some exciting news…I would like to welcome my daughter, Carissa, back to the magazine. This past April, Carissa had an opportunity to shift career paths and she decided to accept the offer. Reluctantly, I accepted her resignation. Boy, was she missed by all of us here at Women’s Edition. She was still a consultant with the magazine, but it was all done remotely. On a few occasions she stopped by the office to say hi, but it wasn’t the same. A few Sundays ago after a long conversation between the two of us over brunch, we both agreed that it was time for her to come back. Everyone is thrilled that she is back...especially her mom!

Family businesses are a challenge for everyone involved. Whether it’s siblings, husband and wives, or mothers/fathers and their children working together—it takes a special breed to be able to pull it off. Over the past 28 years I have called on hundreds of small businesses. Many of them being family owned. I’ve seen some thrive, some not. When I think about it, I know that when family members work together there are different challenges then if you are working with employees who are not related at all. But the rewards? In my situation...priceless. Thank you for coming back Carissa.

Hope you have a great month and a spooky, fun, and safe Halloween. We’ll talk next month.

Positive Thought of the Month

“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people
who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t.
Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”—José N. Harris


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