Well, here it is. The newest issue of Rue. As you can see, we landed a pretty exciting star for the cover. It is our first anniversary, after all, and I'd say that deserves a special commemoration! But in seriousness, this is a pretty momentous occasion, and I'm trying hard to recognize it as such. Because when you're knee-deep in the day-to-day, it's hard to see the big picture.
There have been times during this journey when I didn't think we'd make it to the next month, let alone to our first anniversary. The challenges of having our own business--of being entrepreneurs--were not what we anticipated when came up with the grand scheme of starting our own magazine. A graph of our learning curve over the past twelve months would defy gravity.
But learn, we have. A lot. I learned that I like to get off the couch and meet people. Talk to them. Hear their stories and tell them mine. (Can you believe I used to be shy?) I learned that I love an eight-hour strategy meeting as much as I love a sixteen-hour photo shoot. I learned that partnerships and collaborations are the best (and only!) ways to get anywhere good in this world.
And I'm excited for the learnings that the next year will bring. Heaven knows I'm fully aware of what I need to work on. I need to learn to ask for help. To delegate. To trust that someone else can do as good a job as I can, so that maybe I can take a break now and again. I need to learn to sort my receipts, to get organized. Maybe I can ask for help on that one...
But one thing I've got down pat? Gratitude. I wake up every day feeling blessed for the support we've received from our community, from our readers, from our family and friends. And sure there are moments when I can learn to feel it a little more--a busted computer is a mini-vacation in disguise, right?--but on the whole I promise: I thank you all so, so much. xoxo Anne