July 30, 2022

From the Publisher: Happy Trails

1.5 min read| Published On: July 30th, 2022|

By Kendra Akers

From the Publisher: Happy Trails

1.5 min read| Published On: July 30th, 2022|

Don’t focus on the worst, let’s celebrate the best!

Gas prices continue rising, inflation has hit its highest mark in 40 years, mass shootings are becoming a weekly occurrence. And America is facing a historic crisis at its southern border. 

I could go on, but I’d rather focus on the sunny side of life.

Staying energized and upbeat during these challenging times can be difficult. Yet, I believe in being optimistic even when the world around me isn’t. As bad as things are, there’s still so much to celebrate.

That’s why I’m overjoyed to bring you our 2022 “Best of the Best” issue!

For those of you who are new to our annual “Best of the Best” competition, each year we task our faithful readers to vote for their favorite medical providers, restaurants, events, hairstylists, and real estate agents in Lake County. We tabulate votes and publish the results in August. 

I can say without hesitation that this is one of our most anticipated issues each year. Why? Because “Best of the Best” reminds everyone how blessed we are to live in a community with so many talented people. Tireless event organizers. Passionate restaurateurs. Caring medical providers. Savvy businesspeople. The list goes on and on. Simply put, we’re fortunate to have a vast amount of talent across a wide range of professions. 

There was a time when we were primarily known for bass fishing and orange groves. Today, we’re home to four hospitals, the largest retirement community in the country, and a state-of-the-art Olympic training center. We host events such as Leesburg Bikefest, Pig on the Pond, and the Mount Dora Arts Festival that draw hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country. 

Yes, the world can be a depressing place, but I feel blessed to live in my own little world of Lake County, where I’ve spent my entire life. Each day, I’m afforded the opportunity to interact with dedicated staff and intelligent businesspeople. On weekends, I can attend a local event and catch up with old friends. At night, I can visit one of our many magnificent restaurants and enjoy tantalizing culinary creations. 

Try not to let the news dictate your mood. Choose optimism. Be thankful. Smile at someone and make their day. 



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