As we enter into the final weeks of 2014, I'm beginning to reflect on past years and looking forward to the next. Canadian Living will be celebrating it's 40th anniversary in 2015...which got me thinking back to when when we celebrated our 20th birthday (yes, I was working here back then). In the December 1995 issue, the staff wrote a brief blurb about what life was like for them 20 years prior during the birth of Canada's most trusted magazine. Here is my entry... "In April 1975, my parents decided to immigrate to Canada with five small children. We packed up a few of our belongings and shed a few tears as we bade farewell to our family and friends in Portugal. Much to our dismay, Toronto was experiencing a fierce snowstorm. An emergency landing in New York was necessary. Two days later, we set out again. it seemed we had just taken off when the plane began it's descent. Through the window, we saw a new country in breathtaking splendor. We're home, Canada, we're home'" (my siblings and I just before we immigrated to Canada) I still find it a little ironic that as Canadian Living was experiencing it's first year, I was experiencing my first year as a Canadian. If I was to write an entry today about where I was in my life as Canadian Living celebrated it's 20th birthday, it would go like this... "As Canadian Living grew up, it quickly became known for being both dependable and reliable. Many readers referenced it to sitting down with a good friend over a cup of coffee. As it entered into it's more confident and comfortable stage in life, so did I. The mid 90's marked the beginning of my adult life. I moved out of my family home, landed an amazing job here at Canadian Living, married my best friend, became a mother and bought my first home. It was a decade filled with many breathtaking and awe-inspiring moments. From saying "I do" to gazing into my newborn daughter's eyes to my first mortgage payment - it was a time filled with a multitude of firsts for me." It seems Canadian Living and I celebrate major life milestones simultaneously. I wonder, what do the next 40 years have in store for us? If the past is any indication, I'd say that we're definitely headed in the right direction. Onward and upward!