The Publishers – Wearers of Many Hats
Lisa Byrne (Publisher, Sales & Marketing)
Walking in Two Worlds is Lisa’s forte: as in working for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company while co-owning a metaphysical store called Soulutions for Daily Living. After some time of being a “Corporate Shaman” opening doors and raising consciousness in the corporate world, she took the leap to leave the pharmaceutical company and work full time at the store and her healing practice. After selling the metaphysical store and moving to Durango in 2006, she again found herself walking in two or three worlds, being a sales representative for a children’s software company, a poker dealer and a sound healer/musician.
Publishing, What’s That? One day Lisa woke up and heard “E.P.I.C. Empowering People, Inspiring Community” and thought, “Cool name I wonder what it will be used for”? Several years later after repeatedly asking the question “When will there be a conscious living magazine in our area”? Lisa decided to create a publication and call it? What else E.P.I.C. Empowering People, Inspiring Community.
As a publisher of a magazine Lisa wears many hats that vary in size and color such as sales, marketing, social media, maintaining the web site, customer relations, distribution and the list goes on. She again has found herself walking in two worlds one as part of the healing/holistic community and the other calling forth the skills as a Business Major to publish E.P.I.C. When she is not in publishing mode she can be found meditating, doing yoga or playing the didgeridoo.
Laurie Gambacorta (Publisher & Editor)
Laurie has a unique way of holding space; making people feel “Spiritually Optimistic” through her healing work, her teaching and her work with E.P.I.C.
She has a knack for understanding the unseen, and conveying that in a logical, easy to understand way. Over the last 20 years, she has honed her intuitive skills and developed a spiritual practice through Reiki, meditation, yoga, chanting and channeling messages from Spirit .
Laurie is a Reiki Teacher, intuitive healer, musician and channel, but becoming a publisher and editor of a conscious living magazine was not on her radar screen. When first asked to be the interim editor, she respectfully declined. But Spirit had other plans and nudged her into the roll. As an editor your need to gracefully rearrange content and grammar without depleting the essence and potency of the material. Authors are always excited and grateful to see their articles shine after Laurie has polished the potential of their content to the surface.
As for being a publisher, well, it is not as easy as it looks. There are many things that need to be done and may hats to be worn. But in the end it is all worth it to produce a magazine that ties the community together and shares voices that are not always heard; voices offering their wisdom to help others live a more conscious life.
Amanda Ackley Paxton (Designer)
Amanda is a Colorado native who graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Business with emphasis in Graphic Design. Directly after school and still today she is a freelance designer whose clientele includes a diverse array of businesses and organizations, both large and small. From logos to posters to brochures to business cards, she enjoys creative challenges, working directly with her clients, and pushing herself to produce the best work possible.
Through the years Amanda has had a multitude of different jobs including wild land firefighting, lifeguarding, landscaping, hostessing and the list goes on. From these jobs she has possessed many qualities such as staying organized, being self motivated, working effectively & efficiently, handling customer service, etc., Having this wide range of job experience has lead her to one conclusion… all the experience in the world means nothing unless you do what you love and love what you do.
She believes, “design is everywhere in the world, whether the conscious mind is aware of it or not, everyone knows blue means cold, red means hot, and green means go. Why do we know that… design. When used correctly it has the power to rejuvenate a business, speak through visuals, and convey ideas.”
When Amanda’s not in front of her computer you can find her exploring the outdoors with her right hand man Brody (her dog), conquering a project on her long list of “DIY to-do’s”, nose deep in the newest issue of PRINT magazine or spending quality time with friends and family.