When we think about the word "thankful," many things come to mind. Friends, family, success and health are just a few that usually fill the list. Last month when Bobby and I first started discussing the "Thankful" issue, it was obvious to us what has filled our hearts this year. We launched a magazine. When I say "we," most people assume that in addition to the team at the Lifestyle Publications corporate office, I mean Bobby, Steve and me. "We" are so much more than the three of us.
Our team includes immensely talented photographers, without whom we would not be able to tell the stories that we so love to tell. Our team involves our community. The events, fundraisers, professionals, exhibitions, galleries, restaurants and theater productions are what make the urban core so special. For our team and our community, we are thankful.
Our partners are absolutely irreplaceable. From our advertisers to those who open up their venues to us, we could not do what we do without those friendships. Friends who share their stories, talents, dreams and visions for the future of our city with us are what make this magazine happen. For all of those friends, we are thankful.
Then there are "our people." We would be remiss if we failed to thank them. Bobby and I frequently joke that it's a good thing that we are cute. It's actually not vanity, but a lighthearted acknowledgment that we know it isn't easy being married to this magazine. While Steve is very much an active part of this team, he also has a full-time job on top of our day-to-day antics. When Bobby calls in an emergency "Hey, honey ..." favor, he shows up.
I have one of those inexplicably patient husbands as well. As one of the owners of Suburban Contemporary Furnishings, Brandon Burt had no idea what he was getting himself into when he married a crazy magazine writer/editor/chef. I understand that most husbands don't get calls that involve requests like "Hey, I know that it is still October, but I need you to take down all of our Halloween decorations—and also I need the house to be ready for a Thanksgiving dinner magazine shoot—tomorrow." The man is a trooper, and without the kind of patience that Steve and Brandon offer, Bobby and I would not be able to pull this off. For them, we are thankful.
We recently officially celebrated the birth of this publication. On a beautiful evening at the Overholser Mansion, one of the most spectacular venues in Oklahoma City, we welcomed our friends and community partners to toast our success. Our friends at Stella Modern Italian Cuisine provided a gorgeous spread of food and drink. The Band of Will entertained a wonderful mix of guests, and two of the amazing women of Preservation Oklahoma educated us on the history of the home. We could not have asked for a better celebration, and for that, we are thankful.
To those who read our words each month and engage with our stories, we would have no reason to do what we do without you. For you, we are thankful. We look forward to the year to come and the opportunity to meet more of you out and about in our community.