FROM THE PUBLISHER: Here’s hoping ‘15 is as good as 2014

THE PHOTO ISSUE: Lake & Sumter Style Magazine, December 2014As I contemplate what 2015 may hold, I’m treasuring memories I know will stay with me the rest of my life.

In fact, I could fill every page of this magazine with the special moments that challenged me, brought me joy, made me reflect, made me a better person.

Our children matured and blossomed.

We brought home a playmate for Myles.

I bought a new car. Doug got the truck of his dreams.

Doug and I downsized and moved into a new home and began our life with no children under our roof.

Our business, Akers Media Group, grew so much that we had to relocate — to what must be the coolest building in Lake County — the spacious and charming opera house in downtown Leesburg.

And we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Style magazine with supporters, friends and family during a fabulous bash in our new digs.

I have so many fantastic memories from 2014. But if you put them all together — and 1,000 wonderful moments I haven’t told you about — they wouldn’t equal the happiness of welcoming my first grandchild into the world last month.

Everything else I experienced paled in comparison to the moment I held Ethan Michael for the first time. Words can’t describe what I feel for that little man. I can only say he is most certainly heaven sent.

Becoming “Mimi” was everything I thought it would be. And more.

Family truly is everything. And I look forward to strengthening the bonds that bind us in the year ahead.

Extended family — those we do business with, worship with, believe in, share a planet with — is also important. And I’m blessed in that department as well. Thank you to each and every one who touched my life this year.

I was blessed over and over again in 2014. I hope you were, too.

And here’s hoping 2015 is even better!

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