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Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Editor’s Letter -

How ex­cit­ing it is to live in a time when women are in­creas­ingly re­al­is­ing their worth, and be­com­ing more con­fi­dent in tak­ing on new op­por­tu­ni­ties. It’s a new era in the world where women don’t just have to day­dream about chang­ing their lives, but can ab­so­lutely make it hap­pen.

With­out fail, when our team gets to­gether each month to dis­cuss sto­ries to be fea­tured in w&h, I marvel at the fan­tas­tic things SA women are get­ting up to. Whether in our pri­vate lives or ca­reers, we’re shoot­ing for the stars and break­ing new ground by the day.

One of my favourite sec­tions in w&h is New Directions, where we show­case women who have started their own busi­nesses. This month, Leigh, Gosia and Cather­ine all share how their en­trepreneurial spark was fu­elled by a passion for con­scious liv­ing (p106). Com­mer­cially, their ideas tie into a global eco trend with a fast-grow­ing con­sumer mar­ket and, more im­por­tantly, help make the world a bet­ter place – both in­spi­ra­tional and com­mend­able.

Tak­ing that leap into the un­known to make a great con­cept a re­al­ity can be scary, and it re­quires confidence – that magic in­gre­di­ent that keeps dreams alive even when the go­ing gets tough. Gain­ing, and keep­ing, that confidence in ev­ery area of your life is at the heart of this is­sue. Luck­ily, say the ex­perts, it’s a skill that can be learnt by all, and I love one of the tips in our Life Tools ar­ti­cle on page 30 – that ac­tion begets confidence. Ac­tions of confidence come first and feel­ings of confidence come sec­ond, so prac­tise, prac­tise, prac­tise!

Self-as­sur­ance isn’t just about mak­ing big ideas hap­pen, it’s ac­tu­ally some­thing we need to tap into in ev­ery area of our day-to-day lives. Some­times, it trick­les away, and we need the sup­port of oth­ers to help boost us un­til we get it back again. On page 34, four women share how their friends and loved ones helped them at a dif­fi­cult time, guid­ing them through it. And, in a lovely, heart-warm­ing piece, writer Robyn D’alessan­dro tells us how she stood by her mom, Elaine, when she went through the process of dat­ing again in her late 60s. For a won­der­ful end­ing, guar­an­teed to make you smile, turn to page 50.

With women so in­de­pen­dent and strong in their life choices, I en­joyed the ar­ti­cle about the places a few of our read­ers have cho­sen to live in, and why. The world of re­al­ity TV has cre­ated a huge cu­rios­ity in us about how oth­ers live, and the ex­cit­ing ad­ven­tures they have in every­day life. If you could choose some­where new to live right now, would it be a city, by the sea­side, or coun­try­side? See page 60 for more!

Be­ing a wo­man in her midlife in today’s world has its own set of tri­als and tribu­la­tions, but we have tremen­dous sup­port, too, with so many women be­ing open and will­ing to talk about the highs and lows, and share their se­crets to suc­cess. It’s a very pos­i­tive, feel-good force, and I’m proud that w&h is right there at the heart of it. I hope you all em­brace this is­sue’s tips and tools to be even more fab­u­lously fe­male – en­joy!

‘wo­man&home is a pos­i­tive force for midlife women who want to look good, feel en­er­getic, and be ad­ven­tur­ous’

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