Although I’ve been running my blog professionally for over seven years now, the decision to re-launch as Edit Seven one year ago today was like starting a new business all over again. Any entrepreneur knows that surviving your first year of business can be the biggest challenge of all, and, I’m so happy to report that Edit Seven has not only survived its first year, but we have THRIVED.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been many days over the past 12 months when I’ve thought: What the f*ck have I done? Why would I choose to put this much pressure on myself? Why did I decide that publishing every single day was a good idea? Can I handle a team that’s growing this quickly?
But the answer has always come back to YES. This was a good idea. This was the right thing to do. After all, where would you be if you never pushed yourself to grow, or challenged yourself with something that scared the sh*t out of you? All I knew before I re-branded and re-launched was that I couldn’t stay the same, and I couldn’t stay stagnant. I’m so incredibly grateful for the Edit Seven team – The E7 Fam as I like to call them – who have stood by me and believed in this site since Day One.
This rapidly growing family is really what I’m most proud of and what I consider to be my biggest accomplishment so far. Six months before Edit Seven was launched, I hired my first Assistant Editor ever (hi @BlairAlex!) which meant the ‘Gracie Carroll Team’ had grown from a team of one (aka ME) to a whopping 1.5, and it was a big deal for me to figure out how to nurture someone’s career growth and knowledge while also learning to let go and manage in a productive way.
I’m extremely proud to say that since Edit Seven’s launch—one year ago today— the team has grown from that itty bitty team of 1.5 to a team of over 20, and it’s quickly expanding. What’s even better is that this power team is made up of so many inspiring, super smart, super funny and super talented women (and a few men!) that I absolutely love getting to work with each week.
If you read my Editor’s Letter last year, you’ll know that I was entering 2018 leaving a lot of baggage from 2017 behind me. I was ready for a fresh start. This year, I don’t feel the same negativity towards the past year because it was an amazing year of positivity — which is exactly what I said the year would be when I entered 2018.
For 2019, the word I’m choosing to define this year is GROWTH. Personal growth, professional growth, the continued growth of Edit Seven… this is a year of focusing on growth in every facet of life.
Images by our #TeamE7 photographer extraordinaire, Vai Yu Law
Before we dive straight in to our New Year content, I want to take a moment to shout out some the amazing writers on our team and highlight some of my favourite articles they’ve written over the past year. Trust me, you don’t want to miss these pieces!
First up, my right hand woman, Blair Stutz, who pushed herself to open up and get vulnerable in a dating story we can all relate to in this day and age: Why Do Guys Who Ghost Still Creep Our IG Stories? It’s far too hard to choose just one of her pieces as my very favourite but Kait Fowlie’s first piece for Edit Seven on Simple Ways to Make Your Home a Healthy and Holistic Haven was so inspiring to me that it spurred a very intense #ProjectPurge at #CasaGC that helped *finally* get our home ready to become an income-making property on AirBnB over the summer. Alexandra Donaldson was one of the first writers I met with about contributing to Edit Seven and I’m so glad she’s been on board since Day One. She’s my go-to for book recommendations and you definitely shouldn’t miss her Q&A with author Anne T. Donahue about her debut book, Nobody Cares.
Ama Scriver is one of the best “shouty” writers to know (and follow) and I’m so grateful she’s been a voice for Edit Seven on everything from the weed industry to mental health. She also shares my undying love for trash reality TV shows and interviewed Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Dolores Catania, for us last fall. Of course no month would be complete without Bryanna Brown’s Star Sign Style (January’s edition is out tomorrow!) or Tales from La La Land courtesy of our L.A-based contributor, Megan Nager. We also started to introduce mama and baby-focused content thanks to mama-to-be, Rachel Bies, along with open conversations about cosmetic surgery thanks to the always honest (and hilarious) Catherine Sugrue.
I’d also like to shout out some of our newest contributors like Ainsley Smith who shared tips for How To Hide Your Holiday Hangover (relevant at any time of year, tbh) and Courtney Conquers who’s helping us shed light on some of Canada’s Best Drag Queens.
Towards the end of last year we also began to invite small business owners to contribute articles that relate to their business, in their own words, and this is an area of content on Edit Seven that I’m incredibly excited to grow in 2019. So far we’ve featured Michelle Germain, the owner of Shopgirls Boutique, and her thought-provoking article on how Black Friday negatively impacts businesses like hers all month long. All the way from Vancouver, Jessica Rose shared her reasons why using her Prana Brush can change your life, and Kiki Athanas shared her Bedtime Bone Broth Recipe with Adaptogens. If you’re a small business owner interested in sharing your story, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Needless to say, it’s the emails, responses, DMs and even in-person interaction (!!) telling us how much you’re loving our content on Edit Seven, and the inquiries about getting involved as a contributor, that keep this baby moving forward and help remind us that the hard work is all worthwhile.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support over the past year and I hope you will continue to join us as we grow through 2019. If you’ve got feedback, an idea or a pitch, feel free to email directly at gracie@EditSeven.ca.