Welcome to 2019!

Happy New Year! 

During this time of reflection and hopes for the new year, I recently found myself pondering happenstance, specifically regarding my experiences as a freelance writer and editor. A little over three years ago, as I was heading to OKC to interview for a position as editor of a trade magazine, a friend called to tell me someone was trying desperately to find an editor for a lifestyle magazine he planned to launch in a couple months. I called him, and ended up interviewing with him on my way back from the city. I ended up getting both positions! 

The latter magazine was, of course, Cleveland County Lifestyle, and the interviewer publisher Jimmy Darden. All this seems like only yesterday; however, the February issue will mark the start of our fourth year of publication! It’s been a wild ride: sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy, often illuminating, but never boring. 

We’re starting the new year out with a bang. A few of our stories (no surprise) deal with making and keeping resolutions or, as local life coach Diana Morgan calls them, “goals” or “promises.” Read Diana’s tips on how to stay on track to meet those goals as well as a look at how negative experiences from our past may be hindering us from making progress.

Getting more physically fit is probably one of the top-10 New Year’s resolutions in this country. Our cover feature shows how the coaches at Orangetheory Fitness Moore can help you accomplish your fitness goals, whatever your current fitness level, and have fun while doing so!

Other stories to look for:

Travel Destination: A local couple talk about their recent visit to Iceland, the land of 10,000 waterfalls, as well as with an abundance of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, lakes and caves

Open House: A look at Muirfield Homes’ new digs in Norman; owner Alan Cheshier loves its looks, location and additional space

Giving Back: University of Oklahoma dance faculty member Kathleen Redwine is offering a free dance class to persons with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, as well as their families

Local Limelight: Meet OU head men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger, whose accomplishments in the community are as notable as they are on the court

Of course, there’s lots more inside, so find a cozy, warm spot to sit and take some time to learn more about your friends and neighbors and the local businesses/business people who make this such an incredible place to live and work.