My Editor’s message is similar to a page out of my journal; it’s open, honest and I’ve never been afraid to share my feelings and thoughts with all of you.
As you know, we took time off to build something new for our readers. We have been very fortunate to have had a great technical team behind us, supporting us on all efforts. However, we wanted to make an honest effort at creating something on our own. That then led to creating a different experience for our readers and contributors with the knowledge that we gained from a great team. Terri and I embarked on a journey that would not be simple. We knew it would take time to build a publication on our own and we wanted to honour that process.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished – Lao Tzu
It took us four months to lay the foundation before unveiling the soft launch of the magazine. Although we may not agree on everything, it creates a balance that is required in a partnership. What I’ve learned through this relaunch process is something that I will carry through life: just because it worked the first time doesn’t mean it will work a second time. It is perfectly OK to change your way of doing things in order to accomplish something new and exciting. That was my Aha! moment (according to Oprah). That being said, we have been able to maintain exactly what COCO has always embodied and I am extremely proud of what we’ve built.
Recently, one of our newest writers to #teamCOCO reminded me of something that I never thought was possible. Dentrecia wrote about an attitude, a behaviour, a way of living, a drive and a focus, us millennials have. She writes,
“When we make a concerted effort to engage in productive idleness by slowing down and appreciating the mundane, simple experiences of life, we allow our minds to get rid of the distractions and recover and readjust for the next move.”
Millennials move at a rate that is unheard of. We have high expectations, we push constantly to create a new standard for ourselves, we are very committed to the process and we sacrifice a lot in order to live a life we have always dreamed of. I was very much on that path until I realized that I was not enjoying the simple pleasures of what life has to offer. It became a requirement for me to slow down, recover and readjust.
That’s exactly what we did with COCO. We were able to recover and readjust for the next move. We let COCO rest in order to create something more engaging and full of vibes!
This season, and well into the New Year, I’m urging you to reflect on your next move; hopefully it will be your best move in 2016!