“Change brings opportunity.” — Nido Qubein, motivational speaker
Our winter issue brings exciting changes for Ottawa At Home. We are now being published by a new media company, Ottawa At Home Media Inc. As the new owner of this business, I am incorporating changes that put the magazine in a position of distinction within the exhilarating world of media. I am a firm believer in doing what you love and finding success through dedicating passion to your craft.
I have been a magazine junkie since the age of 13 when I received my first issue of Seventeen magazine, and have long since been a collector and coveter of glossy print publications. To say that I’m thrilled to now own a publication with which I’ve been involved for more than seven years is an understatement.
The timing of our Before & After issue is a coincidence, but the theme certainly jives with what is happening behind the scenes at Ottawa At Home. While I believe in change, I know that change for the sake of difference is not necessarily a good thing. Change as a way of evolving, however, is a great thing and I like to think we are evolving!
My life has been in constant evolution, and over the past 10 years, Ottawa At Home has played a key role. My first introduction to the magazine was with a cover feature in 2005. It motivated me to think about working harder on my career as a décor and lifestyle expert. Through the years, I have evolved to become a more authentic version of myself as I eased out of raising my four children focusing more closely on my career. Our Living In Style feature has a similar theme of reinvention, but our subject has a different story. You can learn more about how she juggles a career and a young child at the age of 52 inside on page 52.
We have a variety of other inspirational stories we would like to share with you, starting with the Minister of Veterans Affairs, The Honourable Kent Hehr, who faced a monumental life change when he was a victim of a drive-by shooting that left him paralyzed on page 42. Ottawa Senators player Chris Phillips divulges his challenging past before becoming an NHL star, and the experience of cancer survivor Andrea Douglas sheds light on the after-life of this life-changing diagnosis on page 48.
Change will often bring growing pains and Ottawa At Home is well- positioned to weather them. Most importantly, as a team, we are excited for the evolution of the Capital Region’s premier lifestyle and décor magazine. May you enjoy taking the journey with us and please let us know if you like what you see!