From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

Hard to believe that I have been publishing Good Life Community Magazine for 14 years! Yes, Good Life Community Magazine started that long ago. Gosh it was hard in the beginning. My kids, Colt and Brooke, were so young and I had to balance looking after them and running a business. Both of them attended different schools so I was driving all over the place and juggling calling clients while driving. I would be working on my laptop during their soccer practices and gymnastics. It’s a wonder that I could keep anything straight as many of you single parents can understand. One time I remember having the magazines delivered to my house. The tractor trailer arrived and pulled up to my garage in the pouring rain. The pallets of magazines were offloaded and at the same time there was a clap of thunder and a bolt of lighting! The pallets crashed to the ground and magazines spited all over my yard! Colt was 9 and Brooke was 8 years old at the time. We stood there, soaking wet, and cold, as it was mid- December. We picked up all the loose copies one by one. We were laughing at first but then it turned to tears of sorrow. The night set in and the rain got harder and we were freezing cold. Oh, the joys of being a business owner. It’s been a long road, full of trail and error, but determination to bring you interesting stories and a huge desire to help other businesses grow, along with a fantastic graphic designer…thanks Jamie Walker, and a reliable team of distribution people, and fantastic contributions writers and photographers, has helped us succeed. Now my clients are more like family, my kids are grown and could easily publish their own magazine after learning what I have been through. Back then we didn’t have social media and now that we do I get to hear from so many our readers which is wonderful. I enjoy reading what your favorite story has been and the great ideas I get from your comments, so keep messages coming on Facebook and Instagram. It is astounding to me that we have had up to 160,000 views a week on our social media! Thanks to all of you that advertise and read Good Life Community Magazine. It truly would not be the Good Life without my Peeps!

Happy Holidays!