I don’t often think of all that I’ve achieved (so far) with Onya Magazine; how far it has come in such a short time, how the readership has grown, the kind of content we deliver, the networks I’ve made, how it’s expanding, the success we’ve had…I’m often too busy working on it, rather than thinking about it. And it’s usually only when people say wonderful, and nice, and inspiring things to me, that I realise all that I’ve achieved. And only then that I take a moment to pause, and reflect.
And when I do, I almost well up. Because I think of the random emails and tweets of sheer love that have been directed at my little dream. I think of the letters (yes, we get them. Actual hand written notes. It’s precious). But most of all, I think of my team. My small, incredibly talented, amazing team. In my rare moments of reflection, I think about how lucky I am to be able to work with such an awesome bunch of people, and beyond that, how lucky I am to just know them. To be one part of their big lives. To be able to help them get one step closer to their dream.
The truth is, they are probably the aspect I am most proud of about my Onya journey so far. Individually, they are pretty high achievers. Collectively, they are the difference between Onya being exceptional or mediocre. They are refreshing. And funny. They are dedicated to what they do, and how they do it. They are passionate. They are informed. Educated. Polite, but punchy. Charming, but honest. And what I realised is that they inspire me. And help me. They make me want to do and be better, with Onya, and within my life. They make me want to be a better leader, and Editor.
But most of all, they make me swell with pride.