Letter from the Editor


I am excited and honored to write this letter to you as I take over the reins of this beautiful magazine! Rochester Women was started 20 years ago by Jorrie Johnson, whose dedication has made it a staple on magazine racks in stores, restaurants, salons and waiting rooms throughout Rochester and the surrounding area. 

The future of the magazine is bright. As Rochester grows, we have the opportunity to hear the stories of women who are here for a short time—like for medical care or a brief work stint, women who are new to the community and plan to stick around awhile, women who have been here for their whole lives (and perhaps whose families have been here for multiple generations), and everything in between. Sharing stories opens us to different perspectives from diverse cultures, ages, life paths and career choices to expand our horizons and help us learn and grow. 

We will explore change throughout our six 2020 issues, and January is the perfect time to start talking about it. Welcome to our resolutions issue, though our writers agree: Resolutions are for the short term (New Year, p. 28; Changing Your Eating Habits, p. 32). Real change comes with purposeful planning and deep reflection. It can be hard. It’s hard to say goodbye to the way it’s always been. And it’s OK to mourn what once was. But moving on opens us to all kinds of possibilities. Meet the new director of the Women’s Shelter and Support Center (p. 24), be inspired by two local women who are taking a leap into new or enhanced careers (p. 22) and explore a wardrobe change (p. 17). 

Enjoy our three-part Valentine’s Day story (p. 10), find ways to embrace winter (p. 19) and learn from local skin care specialists how to keep your skin glowing through these dry months (p. 46).

We are ever grateful to our advertisers who continue to support this publication and keep it a free resource for the community. Make sure to check out a new opportunity that advertisers have to share their expertise with you in sponsored content ads like the exercise pull-out on page 31.

Thank you, Jorrie, and all of you readers. Here’s to many more years of great stories!
– Emily