The Way ForwardOct 29, 2020 10:42AM ● By Maureen Cary
In September of 2007, Bill and I traveled to Orlando to visit his mother. On one beautiful morning we walked to a small local breakfast café where we picked up a couple of magazines to peruse and sip coffee. When I stood up, about an hour later, I said, “I know what I’m going to do next.” The skies had opened and the angels sang. The magazine I had picked up was the Orlando edition of Natural Awakenings. I read it cover-to-cover and there was no doubt that this was my next calling.
In the spring of 2008 we attended training in Naples and I gave my notice at the bank. In September of 2008 we published the very first Rhode Island Natural Awakenings issue. It was a lot of work but I had never done anything so rewarding. Over the next twelve years we grew our magazine to a distribution of 22,000 copies a month. Our advertisers and readers have never let us down in letting us know how loved we are. I have been touched by so many; I have so many lasting friendships and I have learned so much.
With mixed emotion, I have decided it is time for my next adventure. I’m not ready to leave a void in Rhode Island and I want to be sure the next publisher will benefit as much as I have from the privilege of being a Natural Awakenings publisher. For the next few months, we will be looking for someone who can take Rhode Island into the next chapter. Someone who will love Rhode Island as we do, serve the community and lead it into the future.
Rhode Island Natural Awakenings is a 12-year established business with an unmatched reputation. Much like 2008, when we started, today it is on the ground floor of a sky rocketing opportunity. As the pandemic will slowly fade during the next 12 months, business will return. People supporting people will flourish and decency and unity will bring us together for our next growth spurt of the 2020’s.
I look forward to meeting our next publisher who I suspect may be reading this. 2021 is going to be an exciting year for you. Call me and let’s talk.
In the meantime, please do not get tired of protecting yourself and our community. Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance. It’s not always possible but even with family get-togethers—be careful. No one is intentionally carrying around this disease and it will go away over the coming year. Our holidays will come back around and we will want everyone to be there when they do.
Peace and much love from your publisher