By Angie Grenz

Where has our summer gone? I know I am not the only one asking this question. And while I don’t have the added challenge of settling kids back into school, I always feel like September is a transition from the lazy indulgence of summer days into the hyper-focused get-down-to-business mindset that fall brings. Time to roll up our sleeves and get down to business, folks!

September’s magazine has long had a focus on women, particularly professional women and the triumphs and challenges they experience.

This year we feature women who support other women in business, wellness and their busy lives. I find it so motivating to see how women can lift each other up, even when it can be so challenging to take the time to do so. This is especially true when it comes to making and building friendships. It is a wonderful thing to find and cultivate friends. As someone who has recently been making the effort to reinvest in my female friendships, it takes effort, especially if you are juggling a career and family. Laurel Thompson showcases opportunities for women to find the support they need in this month’s magazine.

Dan England also brings us enlightenment in these pages with his investigation into the push for more electric cars and the advancements that make them more accessible for the average resident. Community investment into electric vehicles will continue to be an important factor in reaching the state’s goal of a million electric cars on the road by 2030. Personally, I am one of those SUV lovers waiting for my manufacturer to make the leap (and the state reassures me those are on the way).

We also took a trek through downtown Fort Collins in our monthly NOCO Explore feature. I lived for several years near downtown and it was difficult to choose which businesses to highlight; there are so many great places to shop, dine and be entertained.

We also found that the pandemic is still affecting many businesses, with reduced hours and the constant struggle to find employees to adequately service customers. I can’t keep track of how many pleas I have read on social media for patrons to exercise patience as businesses struggle to keep up. Some have even shuttered their doors. Really, exercising kindness is our community responsibility right now.

And while I certainly hope that we can look forward to a winter much different than last year, it will be a far cry from what it was “before.” Hang in there folks. Let’s move forward together.