It’s hard to believe we are already in the second month of 2018. I hope that you’ve been able to stick to all of those resolutions you made and are feeling strong and committed to becoming a better version of yourself.

While love and romance are in the air all around us this month, we decided to let Valentine’s Day take a back seat to some remarkable artistic creators. I truly admire the makers in all forms whether it be a musician, writer, painter or even a trophy maker. I am always in awe of the talents they have been blessed with. Please read on about some of the local gifted artisans we have featured in this issue.

While our reality can sometimes be a little grim, I hope reading Franklin Lifestyle offers you a brief respite from it all. We aim to offer a mix of practical advice, intelligent commentary and an insider’s view into all things Franklin. In that vein, I’d like to ask you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We have a lot of exciting new things planned for 2018 and don’t want you to miss out!

Peace out Franklin. See you next month!

Maria Dinoia, Managing editor