letter from the publisher
As Thanksgiving approaches, I would just love to say, “Thank you!” I’m a firm believer in the magic of the season. Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t just days – they’re a frame of mind. This is the season when one smell, one taste, or one song can transport you back to your childhood.
This is a favorite time of year for many people. Why wouldn’t it be, with joyous music filling stores and homes, colorful decorations displayed nearly everywhere, lush menus offered at parties, wearing one’s finest apparel to greet guests, or finding just the right gift to present to a loved one? For others, however, this time of year is the bane of their existence, with people rushing and pushing, being hostile and greedy, and the stresses of life exponentially heightened.
As with all things, it’s a matter of attitude and gratitude. Some people are appreciative of opportunities to do more and give more, while others find themselves strained to their limits.
I strive to be the first type of person, but I sometimes find myself slipping into the second philosophy when circling a store parking lot for the third time, stressing over finding the right gift, or trying to decide what to wear to “the holiday party.” But as tempting as it is to sometimes be a Grinch during this season, it’s always better to adopt an attitude of gratitude and take a moment to breathe.
In this issue, you’ll find advice on how to manage seasonal stress while still maintaining one’s fitness and health routine. Breathing is a big part of it, so keep on inhaling and exhaling. Also, don’t forget to eat mindfully – see page 32.
When it’s time to hit the party scene, turn to page 30 to help you step up your little black dress or add just enough glitz to make your outfit perfect for the season. Or what about adding a statement piece for a little extra “oomph” of personality?
Holiday time often means party time, and if you’re just plain stumped about ways to liven up your annual gathering, turn to page 16 for ideas to elevate the usual into something special.
In the giving spirit of the season, I encourage you to live life to the fullest while keeping the less fortunate and those who are in need in mind. Our Annual Non-Profit Giving Guide for helping hands and giving hearts is an outlet to help support our neighbors in need. Please turn to page 36 to see how your generous donations, talents, or resources can make an impact on the lives of others.
Thank you once again for bringing us into your home, month after month, and for supporting our advertisers. It’s because of them that we’re able to bring our magazine to you. I wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.
Until next year, may you love, laugh, and live more!