It’s all about you!
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!
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