I find it hard to wrap my head around the fact that it’s been almost 3 years since I printed the last issue of Family Matters. I’ll never forget receiving the shipment of 10,000 copies of the March 2020 issue, hot off the press and having all 600 distribution locations either closed or unable to accommodate distribution.
Feeling accountable to the many advertisers and sponsors, I had to think of something. I rallied up a couple friends and we started with the Bronte Meadows neighborhood and we distributed door to door to homes instead. We wore gloves, and left them on doorsteps. I thought I was doing the right thing for my advertisers. After all, they paid for exposure and exposure is what I’d get them…until I was yelled at by a homeowner who called me irresponsible for approaching people’s homes at such a time in the world.
Pivot again. It was time to go full force online. I’d be pushed out of my comfort zone. Everything happens for a reason, right?
Fast forward to 2022, I’ve had many messages asking about the print version. Readers wanting to know where they could find it and business owners wanting to know how they can advertise.
I’d been blessed enough to be busy as a Full Time RE/MAX representative through COVID lockdowns. I kept telling myself the magazine days were done, but it broke my heart. When push came to shove, I couldn’t bring myself to completely shut it down. It’s my baby. I gave birth to it during a very trying time in my life and I couldn’t just bury it.
The world is slowly getting back to normal and it’s time.
I hope you enjoy this issue. It’s the first of many more to come.