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Moving Forward Through Learning Curves

A lot has happened since the last time we were in your in-box.

First, if you haven’t noticed we have a new name – Canadian Military Family Magazine. It says exactly what we are–a magazine for Canadian military families.

And second, on June 1st we launched the first in-print Canadian Military Family magazine; a dream come true for our team. It has been a long road, but I have come to appreciate the saying – you are right where you are supposed to be at any given moment.

For four years I wanted the magazine to launch and worked towards that goal. Now that it has happened not only are we publishing a magazine every two months, but now we also have a circulation department. I admit I feel like I have jumped out of the pan and into the fire.

Learning curves are what I have come to call these nuances and when you take on a project of this magnitude there seems to be a lot of them. In the beginning they used to cause me stress, headaches, illness, frustration, anger and sometimes crying. But today I am learning to look for a solution rather than get caught up in the emotion.

This week the learning curve is educating myself on the ins and outs of Canada Post’s publication mail system. I won’t bore you with the details, but I will mention I had 10 windows open on my computer the other day as each page I read led to another click to open another window. I also learned the military is not the only government institution that uses acronyms excessively. I had to eventually start printing off pages to retain the information.

It has been two days since I attempted to understand publication mail and today I will give it another go. Experience has taught me that questions are good and asking for help is even better. When I can take the emotion out of the situation the solution can be found faster. So, I will spend the day reading through the material and when the time comes I will be calling my Canada Post rep for help.

For those who have a paid subscription I promise you I am working hard to have the mail preparation figured out by the end of the week so you can receive your first copy of the magazine, a product we are very proud to have put together in less than a month. Yes, less than four weeks to have content, advertising and layout completed.

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Cyndi Mills

Over the last 24 years Cyndi Mills has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military.

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