It Takes a Village…

By Jiun Liao

Welcome to our first issue of The Villager as the new publishers! We are very excited to take on this journey with all of you. 

We are Jiun (pronounced like the month of June) and Mikaila, a husband and wife team with a profound love of telling stories and being part of our community.

As with all of you, we enjoyed reading The Villager every month and were saddened to hear that it was going to stop back in May. I met with Ellen about it one day, and I left that meeting completely enthralled by the passion she had for this magazine. The way she talked about the community, the readers, and the advertisers solidified my hunch that this was something special. 

Mikaila was thankfully on board as long as she was part of it too, and we officially took over the magazine a couple of weeks ago. Since then, we have been all hands on deck learning from Ellen and working towards this issue. 

Let me tell you, publishing a magazine is hard. Days fly by, and starting in the middle of the month didn’t give us much breathing room. But we did it! We managed to publish July, albeit slightly smaller than we would have hoped. 

Regardless, this wouldn’t have been possible without the many people that helped us. All our contributors, advertisers, Marleen our graphic designer, and of course Ellen herself. 

This first kick at the can and the overwhelming amount of support to put this together in such a short time reminded me that it takes a village to create something great. I wonder if that’s why Ellen called it The Villager…

Thank you for being part of the journey with us. We have a lot of plans, a lot of content that didn’t end up in this issue, and we can’t wait to share it all with you. You’ll hear more from us soon. 

At the end of the day, this magazine is for you, the community. If you have anything you’d like to share that the community should know, or anything you’d like to see improved, please make sure to email us. 

After all, it takes a village 🙂