February is the month for Valentines and love, and not just the romantic type. So, before you write off this month as a lovefest for sweethearts only, remember that “love is a many splendored thing,” meaning it comes in countless forms. Love of family, friends, community, art, music, food, and even life itself gives us so many reasons to celebrate on February 14. Regardless of whether you have a significant other or not, there’s an abundance of love surrounding you, so get out and spread some of it around. You’ll find out just how precious, joyful, and grateful you are to be in love with your own life!
The American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign takes place on February 2, 2018. It’s an opportunity to highlight the fact that 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable through education and lifestyle changes. Heart disease and stroke cause one in three deaths among women each year, so get involved, spread the word, attend events, or simply wear red to participate and increase awareness. Learn more about it in this issue.
If you’re recently engaged – congratulations! What an exciting time for you and your family and friends. In the near future, you’ll celebrate one of the most important days of your life with the person you love. Between today and your wedding day, you’ll have many decisions to make and much planning to do. In our special wedding section, you’ll find many ideas to incorporate into your big day. We wish you all things fabulous to make it exactly what you’ve always dreamed it would be!
There is no question, from heartburn to heartfelt to our heart’s desire, that we have something for everyone in this issue. This leads me to wonder about the condition of America’s heart and how we’ll return it to a better state. Most of us are about loving and caring for one another, moving in a mutually satisfying direction for the common good, respecting the rights of others, and standing up for honorable values. Let’s focus on positives this month; perhaps this will empower us to proceed in the right direction.
Follow your heart and instead of outsourcing your decisions, trust your intuition to steer you in the right direction. I couldn’t think of a more perfect mantra to guide us through February and inspire us to soar to new adventures, bigger dreams, and better relationships.
Happy Valentine’s Day – and remember to live, laugh, and love more!