Editor's Letter

By AFM Staff – December 3, 2017
Brian Fitzsimmons

My gratitude and excitement for this opportunity to serve as the new Austin Fit Magazine Editor has grown over the past month as I worked on this issue with the AFM team and contributors. It is both inspiring and humbling to be in an industry full of people doing what they love and who want to share their passion with others.


Gretchen is irreplaceable and will be missed dearly by readers and team alike. While intimidating to follow in her footsteps, I realize that the transition will allow for the continued evolution of both Gretchen and I as individuals as well as that of the companies to which we have committed.


A native Texan, I have been in Austin since 2010 when I began my studies at UT Austin. I did not truly pursue fitness, nutrition, and wellness until college, when a self-created holistic approach was the only remedy that ultimately reversed some serious health issues. After I regained my own health without the help of conventional thinking or doctors, I became fervent to help others do the same. Intertwining my passion for journalism with that for holistic health and wellness, I can officially say I landed my dream job.


I love riding my bike around town, swimming in Barton Springs year-round, rock-climbing and hiking on the greenbelt, practicing my Spanish, and crafting new recipes to share with loved ones. I am a committed lifelong learner, and my current pursuits include photography and teaching yoga. However, what brings the most joy is empowering others to take health into their own hands through education and a renewed trust in their intuition. That is why I am most excited to take on this position–because it allows me to do so on a platform with like-minded people like yourself!


Do not hesitate to email me at liz@austinfitmagazine.com or IG message me @lizharroun about content ideas, feedback, or just to say hi. Looking forward to hearing from you!


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