When I was a young jour­nal­ist,

NZ Lifestyle Block - - From the editor - Nadene Hall, Edi­tor

I dreamed of work­ing in mag­a­zines. It all looked so glam­orous. It’s pos­si­ble I watched a lit­tle too much of a NZ soap opera called

Gloss, about a fash­ion mag­a­zine. There were 1980s shaggy perms, far, far too much back-comb­ing and as­ton­ish­ingly large shoul­der pads. Go to Youtube and search ‘gloss tv show’. It was a winc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter 30-odd years.

The two coun­try women of NZ Life­style Block catch a glimpse of mag­a­zine glam­our at our in­dus­try’s an­nual awards. My one pair of ‘glam’ shoes get their only out­ing for the year.

How­ever, we have perks that our city col­leagues can only dream of. Lambs nap­ping in nap­pies is just one.

The dili­gent per­son you see with Jessie the lamb is this mag­a­zine’s art di­rec­tor, Re­becca. She’s one of those peo­ple you feel re­ally hon­oured to know: kind, car­ing, com­pas­sion­ate. The kind of per­son who thought­fully bakes her amaz­ing seed crack­ers so we have a de­li­cious snack on the two-hour drive through peak-hour traf­fic to get to the awards cer­e­mony.

She’s also ex­traor­di­nar­ily good at what she does. This year was her first nom­i­na­tion for Best De­signer, and nat­u­rally she won.

Tak­ing part in th­ese awards has shown me many times that when peo­ple say ‘it’s an hon­our to be nom­i­nated’, it re­ally is. As a fi­nal­ist-but-never-a-win­ner, you might ex­pect me to say that. But it’s very spe­cial to know that com­plete strangers have looked at your work and said, “yes, this is good.”

This year, it taught me an­other les­son. What it means to burst with pride. Be­cause when the MC an­nounced Re­becca as the best in our sec­tion, it re­ally did feel like my heart jumped out of my chest.

Thank you for your sup­port, that al­lows us to do the work we love.

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