Thursday, November 15, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Montana Woman!

     November is one of my favorite months.  I can feel change in the air.  Do you have the same experience?  For me, the cooler temperatures and autumnal colors provide the perfect backdrop for moments of reflection.  As the summer tourists finally head home and the roadways become less congested, the slower pace allows for time to regroup and make goals for the upcoming year.  It is also a good time to look back on the accomplishments of the year that will soon be drawing to an end.
     Montana Woman
has been blessed with wonderful growth in 2012.  We have added pages to our publication, increased circulation, and our contributing and advertising family continues to grow.  Our Facebook, Twitter and Blog pages are well read and supported.  We definitely have much to be thankful for this year.
     We always enjoy hearing from our readers.  One common request has been to have an online version of the magazine.  We totally agree that it is necessary for our growing publication.  I am happy to announce that Montana Woman Magazine
is now available in its entirety on line.   I hope you will check it out at www.montanawoman.com.
     I feel our biggest accomplishment always is sharing with our readers the inspiring women that grace our covers.  Wow!  We are blessed to have so many wonderful women in our communities.  Stay tuned for all the women we will feature in 2013!  
     As we enjoy the beautiful autumn weather and take the time to reflect on our blessings.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being one of mine.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gratitude





In October, my dear friend Gina challenged all Facebook users to post a daily message of gratitude.  I hope Gina realizes what a blessing this challenge turned out to be for many – myself included.  It was a great reminder to focus on the positive and celebrate day-to-day life.  At first, I thought it would be difficult trying to post 31 statements of gratitude.  Boy was I wrong.  Most days, I wanted to post numerous – but I didn’t want to wear out my welcome on her Facebook page!  It was a true gift to read everyone’s expressions of gratitude.  It was a gentle reminder that giving thanks is necessary for a positive outlook.

Over the past month I have realized that recognizing our blessings is very powerful!  The ripple effect of sharing our blessings is amazing.  It is kind of like when you first learn to skip a stone across the water.  Each throw encourages you to 'skip' a little further with your next throw.  With practice the reach of the stone grows and the ripple covers a larger surface.  

Voicing gratitude is similar to the skipping stone.  Focusing on the positive encourages more positive.  It allows for the 'not so great' things to be less overwhelming.  It helps you look at the good in ALL situations - even when you have to look hard to find something good - it promotes growth of character.

In the November issue of Montana Woman Magazine, The Gratitude Issue, we feature Carol Bealer.  Carol is a wonderful example of how being grateful should be celebrated year round.    Everyday Carol celebrates life, counts her blessings, and encourages others to do the same.  She embraces life’s simple pleasures like enjoying a beautiful sunset, the company of good friends, and the freedom to share her faith.  

I want to embrace Carol's philosophy of being grateful ALL year.  I hope you will join me on my gratitude journey by sharing postings of gratitude on the Montana Woman blog and facebook page.    I can't wait to hear all the wonderful things happening in your life!  Let's count our blessings together....