THIS MONTH’S COVER
SUBJECT, CHERYL HICKEY, IS BEAUTIFUL, stylish and gregarious. The photos confirm that. What the pictures can’t tell you is that she’s also grounded, focused and one of the most “present” women we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Literally moments before she stepped on to our cover set, Hickey received a call informing her that her dad had just been diagnosed with dementia. Can you imagine? Not easy news on the best of days, but when you’re standing in a room full of strangers who are all waiting to start work, it’s especially hard. Hickey excused herself momentarily, but returned with a smile on her face and a bounce in her step. And, as you can tell from our photo series, the day went off without a hitch. A few weeks after our shoot, we caught up with Hickey for her take on how she processed that challenging moment. “It was shocking and heartbreaking and deflating and scary all at the same time, but I also knew that we had a job to do that day — which is what happens in life in general.” When you read our profile piece, you’ll soon realize that Hickey lives a full and glamorous life, but keeps her feet firmly planted in reality. “There are a lot of moving parts in my life, and a lot of it is family, which is front and centre for me. So that shoot day was a perfect example of my real life. It’s a day I won’t forget for many reasons: it was a great experience with Best Health and a beautiful day, but also a bit of a polarizing day.” (To say the least.) For more revealing insight into this inspiring woman, see page 24. Being “present” is also the theme running through our New Year, New You piece, page 30. Every woman considers September the real new year, but most of us use the time to focus on our family’s needs. This year, we encourage you to spend a little time focusing on yourself. Be present in your life: listen to your body, treat yourself to a little something-something. You deserve it! We’d love to hear how you take the time to be present in your own life. Share your thoughts with us at: email@example.com.