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related events, hosting visitors and helping others make their job easier has le me juggling many different balls yet dropping the ones I value most. It's time to step back and take inventory of what real personal success means… lowering my expectations enough to know that every breath is a blessing, every embrace, a gi of inspiration and allowing gratitude to be the cherry on top. We have packed this issue full of stories of people who share a common trait; compassion for others. ey may not be giving large amounts of money, but their donation of time, treasure, talents, and random acts of kindness, make them everyday philanthropists. Susan Weber, an educator at Blackfeet Community College, state legislator, and grandmother shares the traditional Native cra of making cradleboards. is ancient technique, dates back thousands of years and can be traced to tribes of ancient peoples around the world. Despite the similarities in construction and materials, each is unique --exclusive only to the child it is given and symbolizes continuity of family, community, tribe and human life. Aer struggling through the pain of losing her husband eight years ago, Jerri Gertson fully understands the grieving process and is now reaching out to others who struggle with the challenges of grief. As a grief support volunteer, she now helps others deal with their sorrows and doubts by offering valuable information and support. Rob Brown finds deep satisfaction in creating action figurines of Montana high school and college athletes. His meticulous aention to detail renders the exact likeness of each athlete right down to the facial expressions and the numbers, logos and stripes on the uniforms. Seeing the joy it brings to families keeps his passion for this intricate hobby alive and well. ese stories and so much more are waiting for you to explore. We at Signature MT would like to thank our readers, our leer writers, and friends and wish the best for a New Year which brings only peace, prosperity, happiness and love. SUBSCRIPTIONS If you are moving, renewing, have a question, or wish to have your name le off our mail advertisers' list, please enclose your name and mailing address with your correspondence for faster service. Please allow 8 weeks for a change of address. A new subscriber's first issue will be mailed within 8 weeks of order receipt. Our standard subscription rate is $35 per year. Address all correspondence pertaining to your subscription to: WINSTON PUBLISHING P.O. Box 1707, Great Falls, MT 59403, or call 406-452-1177 or email us at Visit our websites: EDITORIAL INFORMATION ose submiing manuscripts, photographs, artwork or other materials to SignatureMontana for consideration should not send originals unless specifically requested to do so by Winston Publishing in writing. Unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other submied materials must be accompanied by a self-addressed overnight delivery return envelope, postage prepaid. However, Winston Publishing is not responsible for unsolicited submissions. Email: WINSTON PUBLISHING P.O. Box 1707, Great Falls, MT 59403 Any reproduction of all or part of Signature MT without the express wrien permission of the publisher is prohibited. PRINTED IN THE USA All statements, including product claims, are those of the person or organization making the statement or claim. e publisher does not adopt any such statement or claims as its own and any such statement or claim does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher. PUBLISHER • David F. Leray EDITOR • Hayley Lenington-Leray CREATIVE DIRECTOR • Ted Stuff GRAPHIC DESIGNER • Samantha Louthan SALES/MARKETING • Jack May COPY EDITOR • Katherine Niemi CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Heather Bode Chato Hazelbaker Mary Ellen Henderickson Holly Matkin Tammy Podry Shannon Ruckman Suzanne Waring CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Really Montana Photography Bill Stuff Eric Visocan Jim Wells Steve Wolff Sara Young SiG MT 10 FROM THE EDITOR Hayley Lenington-Leray SiG MT S MT e new year begins as an empty canvas with nothing but a sense of incalculable possibilities and hope. Personally, I love the idea of geing a fresh start each year. It's like a do-over with a deep breath of optimism. However, I'm not the type to eschew New Year's resolutions because I know from experience, they are impossible to keep and, in most cases, marginal ideas at best. While it is the quintessential time to make necessary and beneficial changes, it can also be a good time to break with harmful paerns of the past; to say, "Enough of that" and move on. is year I'm seing turtle-like changes that are small enough to accomplish yet done with ease and self-love, such as allowing the word "no" back into my vocabulary. I tend to get pulled in multiple directions that lead me off the desired path. e dizzying array of commitments I take on –volunteering, mentoring, aending non-career S I G N A T U R E M O N T A N A M A G A Z I N E

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