After months of planning and preparation, HER is finally here. And I am extremely excited to share it with you. As you've likely already surmised, this magazine is about women — their issues, interests and impact on our community. The Hot Springs area has no shortage of strong, successful women and in this month's cover story, “Women in Uniform,” we profile two exceptional women whose career paths have taken them into conventionally male- dominated fields where they have not been simply assimilated, but have thrived.
Our cover features Kay Lynn Brunt, a 30- year- old medic and staff sergeant in the Army National Guard. She is currently preparing for her first overseas deployment to Kuwait. Along with her military career, Kay Lynn is also a wife and a mother to her 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. In this issue you will learn how she manages the delicate balance of serving her country and being a loving wife and mother for her family.
You will also meet Casey Burch, a 24- year- old firefighter and the only woman currently employed by Hot Springs Fire Department. Casey shares what it has taken for her to not only survive but flourish as the area's only female firefighter.
Award-winning author and poet Kai Coggin allowed HER an exclusive glimpse into her colorful and creative world. Through her work, Kai endeavors to give voice to those who otherwise might not have one, bringing light to current day situations and injustices. She talks about her inspirations, her writing process and her career goals.
In addition to features on some of our incredible area ladies, HER also takes a look at how a family camping trip can be not only an affordable but also exhilarating way to cap off your summer. We have plenty of tricks and tips to share that will help make camping a fun family experience. Excited about that end- of- summer camping trip but not sure about taking Fido out into the unrelenting Arkansas heat? Check out our HER Pets feature and read how to keep your pets cool, whether camping or just hanging out in the backyard.
HER knows that life can be hectic. Balancing a busy career, chaotic family schedules and the never- ending upkeep of a household can be exhausting. Local yoga practitioner Courtney Butler shares a variety of easy- to- do yoga poses that can help bring some balance and serenity into our tumultuous existence. Courtney explains how doing just a few minutes of yoga each day promotes both a healthy body and mind.
Yoga not your thing? That's OK. It's not for everyone. But shoes are! Our HER Style story takes you on a trip to explore the newest trends and styles in summer shoes. Because if there's one thing every woman knows — there's no such thing as having too many shoes!
I hope that you will enjoy this premier issue of HER Magazine. Our goal is to recognize, showcase and empower the women who make up our community. To share their struggles, their passions and their triumphs. We'll touch on important issues and highlight women who are making a difference in the Hot Springs region. And, hopefully, we'll have a lot of fun along the way. So kick off your shoes — you can always buy new ones — and spend some time with this first issue of HER.
Have ideas for stories or suggestions on how we can improve HER Magazine? I'd love to hear from you. Shoot me an email at lwells@hotsr. com.