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Message from the Publisher


As this year comes to an end, I am reminded of how quickly time passes. With every year, I find time passes faster. I have truly come to appreciate and understand the value of time. I was recently introduced to an online questionnaire which helps one determine their core values. It takes you through a series of in-depth questions about yourself and your day-to-day life, and compiles information about your answers into evaluative categories. Eventually, through a lengthy process, it reveals your top core values.

On the top of my list was self; the fact that I value myself came across to me as little selfish, at first. Then, I came to realize that if I have spent this entire year focusing on self-care so that I can be better for my family, then it made perfect sense. The second core value was family. That was a given. The third was time.

These results could not have been more accurate. Maybe it’s the fact that my children are at the stage in life where I know that they will soon be leaving the nest and be on their own. Maybe, it’s the need to squeeze in a few more memories with my family. A few more memories that they can take with them when they go. A few more memories they can share with their own families one day. Maybe it’s the fact that I am in the ‘mid-life’ stage, when time seems to be slipping through my fingers and I still have so many places to see, dreams to realize, and goals to smash.

As 2017 comes to a close, I will evaluate the year that has passed. I will reflect on how my time was spent. 2017 was a year of getting to know and love myself, as well as spending more time and energy on the things and people I value most. With the knowledge and strong understanding of my core values, I am hoping 2018 will bring me twice as much of the same.

Susana Medeiros
Susana Medeiroshttps://familymattersmagazine.ca
Married almost 25 years and mother of three, Susana is passionate about family, community, and small business. After a very difficult life-stage, she was forced to re-invent herself, personally and professionally. Family Matters Magazine was part of an effort to combine all of her passions into a new career/business opportunity. Susana strives to balance family and work to the best of her ability. Although her children are grown, she still puts focus on daily home-cooked meals and family dinners at the table, almost every night. Being at a later stage of parenthood, she is learning to take more time to explore her own interests and is enjoying more time with her husband as their children become more independent. Professionally, Susana has partnered up in various community projects including The Mom Show. She enjoys encouraging mothers to recognize their potential, as women, outside of motherhood. Ninjamom is personal project that is in it's early stages. It is a movement to empower mothers to practice self-love and self-care without the guilt. Susana has over 25 years of marketing, advertising and sales experience. She works diligently to promote clients in their community both organically and through the online and print publication of Family Matters Magazine.

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