So here we are: 2019. In the spirit of new beginnings, I’m grateful to introduce myself as the new owner/publisher of Leawood Lifestyle!
This past April I was chatting on the sideline of a soccer game when I learned the publication was looking for someone to take the reins. I had represented large corporations as a litigation attorney for almost 17 years, the last couple of which I had been considering retiring from the practice of law. I was tired of the adversarial nature of the litigation process. I wanted a career that would bring greater fulfillment. I wanted to celebrate and promote the good in our community. And I wanted to confront the confusion, negativity, and heartache that pervades our society with a narrative that says, “Spread joy. Give love. Chase the light.”
I am happy (and, to be frank, a little nervous) to say that day is here. I plan to use Leawood Lifestyle as a platform to celebrate and promote the good stuff. My hopes for the publication are high, maybe imprudently so, but I cannot stress enough to you, as a reader, how deeply I hope to do this thing well. I welcome your thoughts as to whether I’m succeeding. If you have something to share — a story or just a hello — please, email me. Don’t be shy! Though I cannot guarantee that I’ll never make the wrong call, I can guarantee this: I will work to spread joy, give love and chase the light. I will listen. And I will be open.
So here’s to 2019! To rebirth, to freedom, to remembering our own power to chase and embrace the light in all of our experiences.