Keep life sim­ple

Woman & Home - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

IHAVE THIS PIC­TURE IN MY HEAD OF EASY SUM­MER DAYS – I’M IN THE GAR­DEN, CHILL­ING OUT, READ­ING AND EN­JOY­ING A CHILLED GLASS OF ROSÉ. OR I’M DIN­ING AL FRESCO WITH FAM­ILY AND FRIENDS, SHAR­ING GOOD FOOD AND CON­VER­SA­TION.

I’M NOT AN­SWER­ING EMAILS, SEND­ING A WHAT­SAPP MES­SAGE OR CHECK­ING FACE­BOOK – I’M EN­JOY­ING THE REAL THINGS IN LIFE, NOT THE VIR­TUAL.

IT’S FOR THIS REA­SON I LOVE OUR BONUS, The art of es­capol­ogy (P145), ABOUT STEP­PING OUT OF THE EV­ERY­DAY. THERE ARE 15 BRIL­LIANT IDEAS FOR YOU TO TRY, TEST OR SIM­PLY READ AND RE­LAX WITH. EN­JOY!

OR PER­HAPS NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE SOME­THING BACK. DIS­COVER THE JOY OF VOL­UN­TEER­ING ON P68 – FOUR WOMEN

SHARE THEIR STO­RIES ON HOW THEY MAKE A DIF­FER­ENCE IN THEIR SPARE TIME.

THIS MONTH’S IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL WOMAN IS NOELLA GABRIEL OF ELEMIS, WHO I’VE KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS (P80). HER PAS­SION FOR

HER BUSI­NESS AND HER DEEP KNOWL­EDGE IS AMAZ­ING AND IN­FEC­TIOUS. HER RECIPE FOR SUC­CESS IN LIFE IS “NOW GO LIVE LIFE EAS­ILY”, A MANTRA I THINK WE SHOULD ALL ADOPT.

KATHY LETTE IS AN­OTHER GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, SO I WAS PROUD THAT SHE CHOSE W&H TO BE IN­TER­VIEWED IN ABOUT HER SON JULES, WHO HAS AUTISM (P44). KATHY IS WARM, FUNNY AND HON­EST ABOUT LIV­ING WITH THE CON­DI­TION, AND HAS A CLOSE AND SUP­PORT­IVE RE­LA­TION­SHIP WITH JULES, WHICH IS WON­DER­FUL TO READ ABOUT. DID YOU KNOW IT’S 50 YEARS SINCE THE SUM­MER OF LOVE? I LOVED READ­ING OUR DEPUTY EDITOR EMMA JUS­TICE’S AC­COUNT OF FOL­LOW­ING IN THE FOOT­STEPS OF HER

MUM AND DAD TO SAN FRAN­CISCO. I WAS ALSO A HIP­PIE, WEAR­ING LONG DRESSES

AND FLOW­ERS IN MY HAIR – DEEP DOWN, I KNOW I’LL AL­WAYS BE ONE AT HEART.

IT’S ALSO 20 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES. I’VE MET MANY FA­MOUS PEO­PLE, BUT BE­ING IN­TRO­DUCED TO HER RE­ALLY STANDS OUT. I WROTE TWO BOOKS ON HER UNIQUE STYLE, AND I TALK ABOUT MEET­ING HER IN OUR SPE­CIAL TRIB­UTE ON P36.

WITH SO MANY IN­SPIR­ING WOMEN IN THIS IS­SUE, I WAS DE­LIGHTED THAT NADIYA HUS­SAIN AGREED TO BE OUR COVER STAR. SHE HAS, THROUGH SHEER TAL­ENT AND DE­TER­MI­NA­TION, BE­COME A HOUSE­HOLD NAME OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS. SHE WON Bake Off, MADE THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTH­DAY CAKE AND HAS TWO NEW SHOWS I’M LOOK­ING FOR­WARD TO WATCH­ING. THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL THE FAST TRACK TO FAME! MEET­ING HER, I THOUGHT SHE WAS WARM, FRIENDLY AND QUI­ETLY CON­FI­DENT. BUT

THIS WASN’T AL­WAYS THE CASE, AS SHE TELLS US ON P12 THAT SHE HAS HAD A LONG BAT­TLE WITH PANIC AT­TACKS, WHICH MAKES ME AD­MIRE HER EVEN MORE.

SO WHAT­EVER YOU’RE DO­ING THIS SUM­MER, I HOPE YOU TAKE THE TIME TO NOT ONLY READ W&H BUT ALSO TO EN­JOY SOME OF LIFE’S SIM­PLE PLEA­SURES. HERE’S TO CHILL­ING OUT,

Take some time this sum­mer to step out of the ev­ery­day and en­joy life’s sim­ple plea­sures”

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