This is the time of year when many of us think about escaping the routine pace of everyday life. While we may all have different ideas about what a getaway involves, it’s usually a challenge preparing for time away from home. Inevitably, the further away we go, the more in-depth the preparation seems to be. If flying stresses you out, you’ll want to check out a furry remedy on page 22.
I think we can all agree – there’s plenty to do here in Southern California. Whether your preference is relaxing at a day spa, enjoying water adventures, taking part in a golf tournament, exploring the desert, surfing at the beach, or hiking in the mountains – it’s all within reach. We’re extremely fortunate that we can pop over to just about any locale in less than two hours! Summer has a tremendous capacity to restore and refresh, as well as entertain. I hope you take time to do it all!
With a myriad of ways to spend your time, summer itineraries tend to fill up fast. You can take the easy-breezy approach, or you can plan your entire summer out, day by day. Personally, I think somewhere in the middle allows for making the most of the season while including some spontaneity. Having a plan can make the difference between holding on to memories you’ll cherish or dreading the countdown for guests to depart and kids to head back to school.
This issue offers plenty of tips to help reduce stress, prepare for the unexpected, and make the most of every day. Be sure to check out our recipes at www.wcmagazines.com to discover easy dishes and delicious pitcher drinks that can turn this summer into one to remember.
The Entrepreneur Spirit is alive and well in America. Today’s thriving entrepreneurs have shown tremendous determination to not only build their own successful businesses, but to also ensure they become a force for good in their communities. Meet an entrepreneur couple who are making a difference on page 13.
Tackling a serious topic – raising children is nothing to joke about. In this time of #MeToo and gun violence that’s carried out predominately by men, I think there’s a collective question of how we got here with our boys. Are we as a society contributing to this epidemic of male misbehavior? We do our best as parents to raise good kids, but are we doing it right? Turn to “Boys to Men” on page 40 for another perspective.
Among our many summer inspired articles, we’ve shared Independence Day entertaining ideas that are sure to spruce up any outdoor space and inspire a festive, star-studded salute to our nation. Be sure to check out local fireworks shows on our website.
I hope you find this issue full of fresh summertime ideas that set the mood to enjoy the warm sunny days ahead. Please also remember during the celebration of our freedom this month to take the time to thank all the men and women who have made – and those who continue to make – that freedom possible.
Until next time, make every day count and create the very best memories with those you love.