To sustain longevity, you have to evolve.
For nearly 16 years, PakMag has been a staple in our community for families and businesses and has helped them to connect, learn and grow.
We have printed over 420 editions and over 4 million copies and never missed a deadline. I’m not aware of any other privately owned magazine publisher in Australia that has delivered such impressive numbers. This makes me feel incredibly proud to have achieved this.
The thing is, I started this parenting magazine even though I was a D-grade English student, didn’t have a journalism background, and had never sold advertising or worked in the publishing industry. To top it off I didn’t even have children. I was a 26-year-old young woman who had a strong desire to help families better connect to their community and help them be the best parents they could be through quality editorials and free community events – and to date we’ve successfully held over 350 free community events.
Over the years, we had to evolve and grow. We started as a community magazine, and then embraced the digital age and became more. We started a parenting podcast, parenting blogs, and parenting vlogs, and created a plethora of digital media communication. We did this out of a passion to help parents, who do the most important job in the world.
For the past several years I have wanted to dive deeper, and the question I have asked myself constantly is – “How can I help people on a deeper level?”
I have been working in the personal development space for some time now, I offer retreats, vision books and coaching. This is where I want to spend more of my time. So, sadly PakMag Parents this is our final print edition. It has truly been an honour to be a small part of your world, and a voice for local parents and kids. Thank you to each and every one of you who has supported us over the years. Whether you have been a reader, a distribution point, an advertiser, or come to one of our events – I appreciate the time and support you have given us. We are looking at ways to rebuild gently, sustainably and in a way that we can work in a more meaningful way with youth. It’s no secret that this generation needs more support. I believe that PakMag and I can help.
I remain committed to exploring more options for PakMag’s evolution as there is still so much important work to be done for youth and families. I hope you will remain strong supporters of us so we can continue to do the great work we do in the community.
To my wonderful friends and family that have held my hand through this and given me the support and courage to make this change – I appreciate you. To my incredible team that took the news so well, despite what it meant for you personally, I adore you with all my heart and will miss you in my daily work life. We did some really great things together and I will be forever grateful. A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business, and I am so proud that we did so much for Far North Queensland over our 16 years. Success is not measured in the number of dollars you make, but in the number of lives you impact. Thank you PakMag for everything you brought to the lives of my family and team, our readers and clients, and especially what you brought to my life. You helped us grow, learn and evolve – we are all richer because of you.
With a grateful heart,