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Letter From The Editor: February Encouragement And Theme

Now that the first month of 2017 is one for the record books, hopefully we can all take a few deep breaths and regroup. Yes, January felt like it was three hundred years long, and yes, we’re still in the thick of winter, and yes, the political landscape (regionally, nationally, and internationally) is tense and scary. However, January also brought us the Women’s March, which, at it’s core, served to protect women’s rights, our safety, our health, and our families. For the record, we know that there are endless interpretations of these issues (and many conflicting views that fall under some of them, women’s health in particular), but knowing that millions of other people around the world agree on their importance should count for something, right? It was not the end-all be-all event, nor was it without its flaws, but it was a start. Not sure about you guys, but I’m encouraged. Still slightly scared and concerned, yes, but also encouraged.

When we launched The Woodsy back in November, it naturally took on a positive, upbeat tone, a direct reflection of how we feel about the PNW. Yes, we love it here, and one of the biggest reasons we sound so happy to write about it; because we actually are happy to write about it. However, we also recognize that our region (and our country) is flawed. Some might even say it’s broken, and we want to talk about that too, and how these issues affect us.

If this sounds familiar, you’ll recognize that this is some of the same logic we drew on when we launched the Nature vs. Nurture column. However, we want to take it one step further by exploring not just the the way this reality affects us, but also how it gives us energy to react and respond. With that, here’s our February theme: inspired.

We’re looking at inspired in a couple of different ways. First, we consider it a close relative of “motivated.” Some of you may be feeling the same way we are about current events, which is that we’re showing up and speaking out more than ever before. Some of you might be exhausted just thinking about it. Some of you might be getting inspiration from different areas of your life. Some of you might be looking for more inspiration. We want to recognize each path and consider how we might respond in the immediate and distant future (and how to continue to take care of ourselves, and each other when we’re channeling our energy into the bigger picture.

And second, what inspires PNW women on a more regular basis? What are we passionate about, what gives us life? What creative pursuits, or daily actions, or career choices are keeping us going everyday? Really, we’re exploring these questions all the time, but this month, it’s where we’ll be shining our spotlight.

As always, thank you for visiting and joining us.

Rain or shine,

Dena