Saying Goodbye, For Now
When Outdoor Families Magazine was founded two years ago, my partners and I had quite the discussion about which areas of focus we’d like to present to our readers. After many conference calls, emails, and serious list-making, the idea began to form: Outdoor Families Magazine would always be a platform for all families, everywhere, doing whatever they enjoyed in outside spaces. “Comfortable in your own outdoor skin” was a phrase I used a lot, and it stuck.
Last summer at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, OFM was pleased to host a panel discussion about the outdoor industry’s commitment to all families and their wish to be included in gear, apparel, and opportunities for enjoyment of natural spaces and the subsequent adventures connected to them. What we discovered was striking, finding that 1) There are a lot of people who believe exactly as we do, but haven’t yet found their own format for living and selling the belief that every person from every background should be able to get outdoors easily; and 2) We all have a lot of work to do.
The #EveryFamilyOutdoors hashtag and mission was born from an evening campfire klatch after the OR panel. It is the direction Outdoor Families Magazine will go in 2017 with support from readers like you, and those with whom you share our stories. Like the publication itself, the year will undoubtedly be full of experiences to allow for growth, but not always comfortably. And not always via the smoothest route.
This is my final message as managing editor of Outdoor Families Magazine. After two years of publication and a year of working with my fellow founding partners Jennifer Fontaine and Traci Lehman, I am taking a step back to reconnect with my own outdoor family and subsequent family travel website, the launch of a second book, and my commitment to Alaska, a place I love with every fiber of my middle-aged being. #EveryFamilyOutdoors is, of course everywhere, and I look forward to singing the hashtag’s value with everyone I meet in 2017, and beyond.
It’s been a pleasure.