You’ve got it in you!
This month we asked an online panel of NEXT readers for the mantra they live by; turn to The List on the back page if you’d like to skip straight to their answers. Reading through them, I see a definite theme: looking on the bright side. We push ourselves to live a happy, fulfilling life, but we never forget to be thankful for what we already have. No 11 on the list: ‘Every day above ground is a good one’. True that.
My own personal mantra is stolen straight from Nike, who I promise are not paying me to write this. Truly, there have been many moments in my life when
I’ve told myself to ‘Just Do It’. Most of the time it’s directly related to the alarm going off and my intention to knock out a 5km run before work. Then there’s the procrastination that can easily sneak into a journalist’s day (should I write that story, or clear all the used cups on my desk instead?). But I’ve also pepped myself up with this mantra when big decisions have to be made. Because we usually know what we want to do, but can too easily think of 1000 reasons not to. On this month’s cover we have another mantra I fully believe in: ‘Just Be You’. Which I think is a scary concept for some. It’s common to think if we were somehow different, we’d lead a more successful and happier life. And while there’s nothing wrong with challenging ourselves to learn and grow, we can still do that while embracing our own unique strengths, motivations and quirks. There’s no better proof of that than the women we celebrate in this issue. From our incredible Woman of the Year winners and a Kiwi who’s survived two decades in Hollywood, to a nomadic mindfulness mogul and a world-renowned fashion designer. There’s tenacity, vision, humour and good old-fashioned awesomeness in their stories. But it’s clear there’s no template for who can and can’t succeed. We all have it in us. Just be you, and just do it. Do you think I should patent that one?!