edi­tor’s let­ter

Aquarius - - CONTENTS -

FOR A REL­A­TIVELY CHEERY BUNCH, WE CRY AN AW­FUL LOT AT WORK. On one par­tic­u­lar day, there were no fewer than four peo­ple cry­ing. Not just once, but re­peat­edly. And not just small, silent tears mak­ing faces damp, but blub­ber­ing, red-eyed, throat-clench­ing cry­ing. Real tears.

Why? We de­cided a cou­ple of months back that we would end 2016 by cel­e­brat­ing some amazing sto­ries of strength, love and fear­less­ness. We went out to find peo­ple who had taken 2016 by the horns, stared it in the eyes and come out of the ex­pe­ri­ence on top. But we had no idea how emo­tional the sto­ries would be...

We found Zhineh, whose life was saved by her boyfriend; Wendy, who has dealt with one of the hard­est hu­man ex­pe­ri­ences, all while still rais­ing chil­dren and start­ing a new ca­reer.

We also spoke to coun­sel­lor He­len Wil­liams about 2016 be­ing a more dif­fi­cult year for some peo­ple and why this might be and, as part of that story, spoke to Nourie – a strong, vi­brant woman who says 2016 is the year that brought her to her knees.

The raw emo­tions of these women who live along­side us in our com­mu­nity – their strength, their open­ness, their courage – have had us welling up with tears (but not sad ones) on a daily ba­sis. As such, we are de­lighted to cel­e­brate their sto­ries and, in do­ing so, wit­ness their achieve­ments and their jour­neys.

So, read on to hear about these in­spir­ing women and what they have learnt and achieved this year. And, if you see them, give them a high-five for pulling through ad­ver­sity with a smile on their face. And, while you are at it, give your­self a lit­tle high-five too. Be­cause we all have had highs and lows this year, so there is no doubt that you prob­a­bly de­serve a lit­tle cheer too.

Have a won­der­ful De­cem­ber – see you next year!

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