Dear UBT readers, supporters, and advertisers:
It's hard to believe that just eight years ago, I held the inaugural issue of urbanbaby & toddler magazine in my hands. And it's hard to believe that I am now moving on from this little-magazine-that-could (and did!).
But, I have chosen to move on to focus more on my children -- Benjamin and Lauren -- who inspired me to start the magazine in the first place. And to look for my next adventure.
urbanbaby & toddler magazine will carry on though in the highly capable hands of Lara Leontowich, founder of the fabulous Bellies to Babies Celebration event. I have every confidence that she will take the magazine in new and wonderful directions.
The decision to move on from the magazine was a difficult one. When I was first contemplating it, I found myself asking the same question over and over again: "Who am I without urbanbaby & toddler magazine?" My identity was so intertwined with the publication that I felt like I would be nobody without it. The magazine put me on the map. It was an achievement that I could be proud of -- building and growing a successful magazine is tough at the best of times, never mind during a recession. People wanted to meet me, have coffee with me. People knew the magazine and they even knew my name. It made me feel important. Without urbanbaby & toddler, would I just evaporate?
But after a few soul-searching talks with good friends, my answer to the question, "Who am I without urbanbaby & toddler magazine?" changed. Who am I? I am a mother. I am a wife. I am Emma. And these are all good and important things. They are not just enough, they are everything.
I can't articulate how grateful I am to all UBT supporters. The thousands of readers. The supportive businesses that became my advertisers, my distributors, and the champions of UBT. The nurses, midwives, doctors, doulas, and community workers who endorse the publication. I have loved meeting all these fantastic people along this journey. I have learned so much about myself, and got a hands-on education in business that I will take with me wherever I go next.
Thank you, everyone, for supporting UBT (and me) over the years. It is my hope that you will continue to support the magazine, and new owner Lara Leontowich as she leads UBT into the future.
Founder, urbanbaby & toddler magazine
If you have any questions about urbanbaby & toddler, contact Lara Leontowich:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - 604-420-8760 or 604-908-8835
Wondering who took that fab photo of me? Scott McAlpine of www.scottmcalpinephoto.com.