Isn’t it un­be­liev­able that we will soon count the sec­onds into an­other year? It feels as if this year flew by like a strong sum­mer storm. I find my­self breath­lessly look­ing back over the past 12 months, all that we have ac­com­plished at TOTI Me­dia. Our en­tire team worked tire­lessly to bring you only the best in all of our mag­a­zines, of which we’re very proud to have added Cape Co­ral Liv­ing to our lineup.

I be­lieve what­ever you do, that with­out pas­sion it will not turn out to be as suc­cess­ful and pow­er­ful as it could have been. Tal­ent and some for­tu­itous luck play their part, but with­out pas­sion your busi­ness and per­sonal dreams may fade.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you, our loyal read­ers and ad­ver­tis­ing part­ners. Many of you have been with us these 20 years. Be­cause of you, we at TOTI Me­dia strive for the ul­ti­mate in print and on­line pub­li­ca­tions, and en­joy pre­sent­ing our pas­sion to per­form with ex­cel­lence in each is­sue.

The pub­lish­ing busi­ness is like the in­ner work­ings of a very good watch; if just one piece is not per­form­ing cor­rectly, noth­ing is on time. I am so proud of our great writ­ers, ed­i­tors, proof­read­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers and artists, de­sign­ers, sales and dis­tri­bu­tion peo­ple, ac­count­ing and staff, as well as our en­tire man­age­ment team. To­gether we have per­formed like a finely crafted time­piece, and can proudly say that we have never missed a dead­line since Times of the Is­lands was in­tro­duced in 1996. Be­ing on time―be­ing a true pro­fes­sional and work­ing hard with pas­sion―makes all the dif­fer­ence. Only then can we suc­ceed in of­fer­ing you, our reader, a true qual­ity prod­uct. Our mag­a­zines are filled with shop­ping, din­ing and travel sto­ries, and if you have not yet set your mind in a cer­tain di­rec­tion, I am sure you will be in­spired to check out some of the fas­ci­nat­ing new places we fea­ture in this is­sue. For ex­am­ple, dis­cover more about hol­i­day recipes and kitchen tips in our SWFL Culi­nary sec­tion start­ing on page 50.

Soon we will all cel­e­brate with our loved ones and en­joy the types of ex­pe­ri­ences that cre­ate life­time mem­o­ries. In these mo­ments, please let us all think about the many who are no longer with us. Let’s hope that all peo­ple will open their eyes to see the good things in life, and that their hearts will be filled with hap­pi­ness, lo ve and joy. It’s my hope that we can all work harder to of­fer more to oth­ers, and to live a live filled with ser­vice and sanc­tity ded­i­cated to the ad­vance­ment of real hu­man spirit.

Ev­ery­one at TOTI Me­dia wishes you all a blessed sea­son, and a healthy and suc­cess­ful start into the new year. One day at a time, we can all make a dif­fer­ence.

I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank you, our loyal read­ers and ad­ver­tis­ing part­ners. Many of you have been with us these 20 years.

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