April 10, 2017
By Kris Parfitt
Photo: On the left: The outgoing editor, Kris Parfitt, rock climbing near Garda Lake in Northern Italy during her honeymoon last October. Photo by Dan Travers; Right: Incoming editor John Rezell celebrating his daughter’s birthday atop Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. Photo by Sierra Rezell
In the first week of January I write a list of what I want to accomplish that year — usually the lineup includes adventure, career and personal goals. At the beginning of 2015 I was struggling to define my annual agenda so I thought I’d revise my process to reflect what I wanted to accomplish in my lifetime. That list was much easier to write because I have long dreamed of becoming an author.
I’m a creative writer and poet, and have self-published three books since kindergarten. Nothing on the New York Times best-seller’s list, mind you, but attaining that status is on my schedule of life’s accomplishments. I have five books I want to write and publish before I’m 60, and I recently turned 49 — so I need to get cracking!
Since taking this position in February 2015 I thought I would write these books during my off-time. However, a majority of my days in the office focused on writing for the magazine, and I would leave eager to get out and be active instead of sitting down to write more. Something needed to change so I had the time and desire to write my own stories.
Last fall, I plotted how to support my dream to be an author. In early January I let my team at the magazine know that I would be leaving my post by the end of March. This three-month alert provided the OutdoorsNW staff enough time to hire my replacement.
The search paid off in spades and it is my honor to be passing the torch to our new editor and social media director, John “Raz” Rezell.
Raz, no doubt, will write more about himself in future Editor’s Notes and articles, yet I find it necessary to share some cool things about him that make him a perfect fit for OutdoorsNW, the annual SNOW Guide and NW Cyclist magazines.
He’s a writer and story-teller at heart, and a journalist by trade. He has edited several magazines and online publications and (hurrah!) is thrice an author. He’s also an avid adventurer, cyclist and world traveler. His crowning achievement, in his own words, is being a dad to two amazing daughters.
His eyes twinkle with mischief and adventure. He appreciates good humor and comes from a close family of five siblings — four of them boys!
He’s a natural fit for the trio of OutdoorsNW magazines and a welcome addition to the proverbial campfire. Learn more about Raz at www.conquermountains.com
While I will miss wrangling our awesome writers and photographers, know that I will continue to write about Pacific Northwest adventures for the magazines. In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram where I am honing my photography and quote-writing skills, @KrisParfitt