Editor’s Note – September/October

Editor’s Note – September/October

Written by: Julia Perla Huisman
September 3, 2018


This issue is a big one—our one-year anniversary issue. To some, one year of publication may not seem like a big deal. But when you consider that this magazine was built with a small savings, from scratch, in my dining room, it feels a little more monumental. There were many days when I didn’t know if we would make it to the next issue, let alone a full year’s worth of issues. So while I hope to have many more years of HERE to come, for now I celebrate this small-but-not-so-small milestone with a smile on my face and a sigh of relief.

There are a few groups of people whom I would like to thank for helping us get this far:

-Our advertisers. We simply wouldn’t have a magazine without them. They are the ones who fund this whole operation, and they’ve done so with limited marketing funds and a leap of faith. And we don’t just let anyone advertise in the magazine. We only allow companies we trust and whose clientele closely matches our readership. So when you look at the ads in this book, consider them just as valuable a resource as the stories we tell. Please look into what they have to offer and seek them out when doing business locally. I would also like to give special thanks to three advertisers who have been with us from the beginning: Designer Desserts, Fetching Market and Vanis Salon. Thank you for believing in us when no one else even knew our name.

-Our staff. This includes the writers, photographers, illustrators, stylists, sales staff, interns, associate editor and creative director. Most people are surprised to hear that every one of them is a contracted employee and that we all work from home, using digital means to communicate so we can magically put this thing together. I work with some of the most talented, creative people in Northwest Indiana. The quality of their work is what I hear about the most when people comment on the magazine.

-My family. This includes my husband and two daughters, of course, who over the past year have had to sacrifice precious time and money to let me pursue my dream. It includes my extended family—my mom, who’s been my biggest cheerleader from the beginning, and my sister, who was my first sales rep and endured many a tearful phone call from me. It also includes my family of friends, whose enthusiasm and undying belief in me kept me going through the tough times.

-You. That’s right, we couldn’t have done this without you, dear reader. Thank you for picking up our magazine, reading it, posting about it, subscribing to it, and telling your friends about it. There’s no point in telling stories if no one will read them. You alone bring purpose to our work.

So we celebrate year one, but look ahead to year two and beyond. Cheers to one year of HERE!

HERE Issue 007 - September/October 2018
HERE Issue 007 - September/October 2018

This issue is a big one—our one-year anniversary issue. To some, one year of publication may not seem like a big deal. But when you consider that this magazine was built with a small savings, from scratch, in my dining room, it feels a little more monumental. There were many days when I didn’t know if we would make it to the next issue, let alone a full year’s worth of issues. So while I hope to have many more years of HERE to come, for now I celebrate this small-but-not-so-small milestone with a smile on my face and a sigh of relief.

There are a few groups of people whom I would like to thank for helping us get this far:

-Our advertisers. We simply wouldn’t have a magazine without them. They are the ones who fund this whole operation, and they’ve done so with limited marketing funds and a leap of faith. And we don’t just let anyone advertise in the magazine. We only allow companies we trust and whose clientele closely matches our readership. So when you look at the ads in this book, consider them just as valuable a resource as the stories we tell. Please look into what they have to offer and seek them out when doing business locally. I would also like to give special thanks to three advertisers who have been with us from the beginning: Designer Desserts, Fetching Market and Vanis Salon. Thank you for believing in us when no one else even knew our name.

-Our staff. This includes the writers, photographers, illustrators, stylists, sales staff, interns, associate editor and creative director. Most people are surprised to hear that every one of them is a contracted employee and that we all work from home, using digital means to communicate so we can magically put this thing together. I work with some of the most talented, creative people in Northwest Indiana. The quality of their work is what I hear about the most when people comment on the magazine.

-My family. This includes my husband and two daughters, of course, who over the past year have had to sacrifice precious time and money to let me pursue my dream. It includes my extended family—my mom, who’s been my biggest cheerleader from the beginning, and my sister, who was my first sales rep and endured many a tearful phone call from me. It also includes my family of friends, whose enthusiasm and undying belief in me kept me going through the tough times.

-You. That’s right, we couldn’t have done this without you, dear reader. Thank you for picking up our magazine, reading it, posting about it, subscribing to it, and telling your friends about it. There’s no point in telling stories if no one will read them. You alone bring purpose to our work.

So we celebrate year one, but look ahead to year two and beyond. Cheers to one year of HERE!