Archive for 2015

Wrapping, Wrapping, Wrapping

Monday, December 21st, 2015

gift wrapI spent this past weekend hanging out at home. My husband has been hit hard with a cold/cough/sinus illness that has left him tired. So, we spent a good amount of time watching Christmas movies, reading, and generally lounging. My one goal was to wrap all of our Christmas presents. On Sunday afternoon we assembled wrapping supplies, put on some Christmas music, and started to wrap. However, after wrapping just a few, I decided to call it quits.

I’m not sure why, but I felt uninspired, that I simply was trying to rush through the job. I’m not one whose packages look like works of art, but yesterday I simply felt like it was an item to be checked off. So, we left most of the presents unwrapped. Thankfully for us we have extra time, as we won’t celebrate Christmas until December 29th. Maybe knowing that we had over a week had me feeling less than joyous.

This morning as I reviewed my to-do list, I realized that this would be my final Editorially Yours column for 2015. With PeKu on vacation next week I more than likely won’t post an editorial column. I definitely will have other PeKu tasks, but this column won’t be one of them. So, today’s column should be a wrap-up. However, just like my presents, I don’t feel much like wrapping up 2015.

It’s been a year of challenges and changes at PeKu. We have made a number of reductions throughout the year, but at the same time we have refined our voice. Yes, PeKu may be smaller, but we are using that to our advantage. Maybe the term for what we have done should be stream-lined.

Although I’m proud of the voice and direction we’ve found, I also feel the loss of team and publications. It’s a bittersweet sensation. However, I am an optimist, and so, I look forward to 2016, seeing what is next for PeKu.

I wish all of you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you in 2016!

What’s Exciting in December

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Our mascot, Peku, shares what she’s looking forward to during the month of December.

Twinkling Lights, Homemade Treats, & Some Time Off

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

holiday lightsWe are a full week into December, and the holidays are in full swing, even at PeKu. Last week on Think Tasty and Holidays Helper, we highlighted Hanukkah with an assortment of craft projects, book suggestions, and delicious recipes. Next week we will be focusing on Christmas on both of those sites. Plus, at Your Parenting Info we will have great advice for handling the holidays with children of all ages. Whether your child is 16 months or 16 years, one needs to think about balancing holidays and the rest of their everyday lives.

With all of this holiday coverage, our publications are practically shimmering with festive ideas. Even if you don’t have a need for a craft or food recipe, we have other holidays articles available. Go Shopping Info is dedicating the entire month to the holidays. Need some advice on an antique bronze bathroom faucet? We’ve got suggestions.

I have been surrounded by this seasonal spirit for several months while working on the editorial calendar. Thinking about all of the festivities and fun, I made a decision to do something different this year. The entire PeKu team will be taking time off at the end of the month. Rather than having assignments due the day after Christmas or having my editor work during that time, it seemed fitting to give the team time to enjoy some time with their friends and family. So, we’ll spend the first weeks of December helping our readers prepare for the holidays, and then we’ll take the last week to relax and enjoy.

December is notorious for being an overwhelming month. Here’s to hoping that you, too, find time to enjoy the beauty of the month!

Stages of Success: Act 2

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

When I began to envision PeKu Publications, I started by recognizing my own strengths that would help build this company. The next obvious step was to be aware of the weaknesses I would need to compensate for. Although it is good to be positive, it is negligent not to address missing pieces in your skillset. For me, there were two areas in which I knew I would need assistance.

Gratitude- A Way of Thinking

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

thank-you-textAs I prepared my thoughts for today’s column, I reviewed columns from Novembers past. There was one continual theme- gratitude. Obviously, Thanksgiving brings to mind the need to be grateful for what one has. More than that, gratitude is integral to me. I make every effort to show appreciation for my team, both in public messages and private notes. Without strong team members, PeKu wouldn’t be the business that it has become.

I try to extend this feeling of gratitude to all parts of my life. When I receive excellent service at a store, I make sure the manager is aware of the great team member. Too often these managers only hear complaints. At home I express my gratitude for things both little and big. Whether it is clearing the table or rearranging your schedule to match mine, I let my family know that I am thankful for their assistance.

When a day is stressful and overwhelming, it can be easy to see only the dark clouds and frustration. I know that feeling of “Ugh!” quite well. But when I’ve taken a moment to catch my breath and think for just a moment, it is pretty clear that things aren’t as bad as they seem. And then, in that moment of calm, it is important to be thankful for all that I have.

So, during this week of Thanksgiving, I give thanks to you, PeKu readers, and hope you are able to take time to give thanks also.

PeKu News- November 2015

Monday, November 16th, 2015

thank you heart cloudNovember is another quiet month at PeKu. We have neither work anniversaries nor milestones to celebrate. Apparently the fall months have not been a time in which we added new members to our team.

What I did notice as I reviewed our list of start dates is the solidity of our team. More than half of our writing team has been delivering articles to our publications for over three years. In fact, one of our writers has been with us for six and a half years. Jane Wangersky joined us in February 2009, just eight months after our initial launch. Since that time, she has written on so many topics and provided much insight to our readers.

These writers are a vital part of what makes PeKu a strong publishing company. Their dedication to providing the best content is essential to our success. Although Thanksgiving is still ten days away, it seems an appropriate time of year to thank them for all that they do. Their handcrafted articles, which both inform and inspire our readers, are the foundation on which PeKu grows.

To my team of writers, I truly am thankful to work with a team as skilled and dedicated as you are. Thank you for being part of the PeKu team!

Inspire. Inform. Engage.