December 2015: Hello and Happy Holidays!

Dear Readers,

My name is Amanda Smith and it is with great pleasure that I announce my arrival as the brand new Editor of Lifestyles After 50.

A little about me: It feels like I’ve been a writer since birth, always presenting my parents with the latest in an endless string of stories about everything from super girl detectives to talking trees that could tell the future. After university, I followed my heart and became a writer, and low and behold, I have spent the entirety of my career writing for and about none other than YOU!

With an extensive editorial background serving the 50+ population in the health care industry, I offer deep personal experience and a honed sense of connection with the after 50 crowd. I look forward to continuing to produce the high-quality, pertinent content that made this magazine successful, while adding a creative and personal touch of my own.

A little about you: What I truly hope to offer Lifestyles After 50 readers is more opportunities to engage with us! Look for more interactive features, including favorite story surveys, advice columns, and many other ways to make your voice heard in Lifestyles After 50. In fact, I encourage any reader to reach out to me personally at, or at our mailing address and let me know why it is you read our publication! What do you like? What do you dislike? What would you like to see more of? What differentiates our magazine from all the others out there? I am very passionate about developing a meaningful relationship with our readers and the first step is getting to know you, so feel free to drop me a line and welcome me to the job.

Enjoy this December issue filled with lots of holiday inspiration, including our exploration of the value of giving and volunteering during the season of celebration. We’ve got an amazing feature about how Peace Corps volunteers say the experience of giving their time, skills and compassion shaped their lives, and my own experiences volunteering as a journalist in Nairobi, Kenya definitely attest to that. There is something about giving that soothes the soul and offers intangible gifts to the giver.

Do you have a story about how volunteering, helping or giving has shaped your own life? Post it to our Facebook page, send an email to, or mail it in and we just may feature you in our first issue of 2016!

Again, I am proud to be the new editor and I know I’ve got some big shoes to fill with reader-favorite Tracie Lukens leaving. I promise to always do my best to deliver fun, original and informative content, one story at a time.

I look forward to connecting with you all, and wish you a holiday season full of friends, family, giving and gratitude!


Amanda Smith


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