Thank you for being a part of our Authentic Florida Family!
It is such a joy to connect with all of you and to share in the process of celebrating and (re)discovering the very best of the Sunshine State. I am so grateful to Robin Draper for creating this amazing Authentic Floridian community. I am also thrilled that the universe intervened a couple months ago and I became Managing Partner of Authentic Florida Media, LLC. In case you didn’t get a chance to read it, Robin introduced me in this article: http://www.authenticflorida.com/articles/in-the-news/meet-authentic-florida-s-new-kitsch-expert-in-chief-and-managing-partner/
In 2018, I’m going to take a lead role with Authentic Florida. I’m thrilled about this opportunity and have lots of plans for this wonderful virtual community. Please do not fret … Robin will never be very far away. Robin has created an amazing, beloved product. I am committed to honoring what she had developed and enhancing the brand any way I can. It is Robin’s passion that has fueled its success and it’s my passion that will keep it moving forward. In the meantime, Robin will be able to enjoy a much needed hiatus and knows she is welcome to return whenever, however, works for her. As with everything in life, we’re just going to take it one day at a time.
I have thoroughly enjoyed communicating with you on our social networks and love reading your comments on our articles. It has become very apparent, and something I realize at my core, that we are incredibly blessed to live in the state of Florida. We get a lack of slack sometimes for “Flori-duh” craziness and natural challenges like hurricanes, but we realize that there are trade-offs/compromises with everything in life and the good certainly outweighs the eye-rolling. Our website thrives on the best of Florida living. Even with hiccups, we never lose sight of the fact that we live in a state some people only dream of visiting … and when they do visit, we want them to get a glimpse of authentic Florida, not just overcrowded tourist traps. From the Panhandle down to the Florida Keys, there are so many wonderful off the beaten path treasures to savor and explore … and you can’t beat our Winters!
Please keep in mind, whether you live here permanently, used to live here, are here part of the year (i.e., Snowbirds) or like to vacation down here when you can get away, we welcome you with open arms to the Authentic Florida Family.
Next week we will be sharing with you in our e-newsletter and on our website our 2018 Bucket List. We selected 18 Authentic Florida adventures to focus on, but our list goes way beyond eighteen.
We have 52 weeks in the year to share more of our favorite places to go, things to do, what/where to eat and our misc. musings. We are also looking at expanding our Authentic Florida brand and will be sharing with you what that means as we solidify our plans. A few items in the works are a new #AuthenticFloridian Podcast, a digital magazine (that can be printed if you are an old schooler and want to hold the pages in your hand) and some possible meet-ups at some of our favorite places.
If you have an Authentic Florida story you’d like for us to consider exploring or you know an amazing Authentic Floridian that you feel we should get to know on a future Podcast, please do not hesitate to send a private message to me on Authentic Florida’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/authenticflorida). If you are not a Facebook user, as a back-up, you can email me at Melanie@authenticflorida.com, but the truth is I get so many emails per day (I subscribe to too many sites) that it’s easier to reach me on Facebook.
Also, if you know people who you think would enjoy our stories, please let them know about AuthenticFlorida.com. Please encourage them to subscribe to our e-newsletter and to socialize with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
In closing, thank you again for being a part of our Authentic Florida journey. The end of the year has always been a wonderful time to reset, refocus and get ready for new beginnings.
I wish each of you a HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR … and leave you with this final thought: Life is about appreciation, new hopes and aspirations. May 2018 be your best year yet.