FROM THE PUBLISHER: A dream come true

Cover-STYLE_0515I wanted to be a businesswoman for as long as I can remember. When I was a little, I felt a rush of excitement every time I saw women in business suits in the airport, professional offices, or even walking down the street. I knew I wanted to be just like them when I grew up. I am not sure exactly what the appeal was. Perhaps because they always looked so confident, like they had it all together. Whatever it was, I had to have it.

To this day, I love to see the energy of powerful, confident businesswomen. That’s why our annual Business Women of Style edition is one of my very favorite issues we publish.

We had the privilege of getting to know the leading ladies of Lake and Sumter counties as we prepared for this very special issue. We interviewed these unique and successful ladies and learned what motivates them and what their passions are. They shared with us how they began and about their journey to success. To me, there is nothing more motivating or exhilarating than hearing their stories.

Now that I am a businesswoman, I find myself relating to how so many of these dedicated women had to overcome obstacles to get to where they are now. My journey was not an easy one — especially since my journey began with becoming a mother at age 18. But I didn’t let that slow me down. You see, there is at least one common thread all businesswomen share — determination.

Each successful woman featured in this month’s issue has experienced challenges in reaching their goals, but they were determined to succeed. For that reason, they did.

If you have the passion to succeed that I did as a child, you will be successful no matter what your goal is if you stay focused, stay determined and keep pushing when an obstacle slows you down. The women in this issue, and I, guarantee it.

Here’s to all the successful women in Lake and Sumter! We here at Style magazine salute you.

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