We’re all amaz­ing!

Woman & Home - - Editor’s Letter -

“I’m sure you’ll agree our Amaz­ing Women award win­ners are pretty mind-blow­ing”

Iknow some peo­ple pre­fer not to think of Christ­mas un­til 1st De­cem­ber. When I say “some peo­ple” I mostly mean men – who, let’s face it, rarely have to get too in­volved with the mam­moth task of mak­ing the fes­tive sea­son mag­i­cal. I’m gen­er­al­is­ing but it’s mainly us women who make it all hap­pen, isn’t it? I re­ally love Christ­mas and I’ve found the best way to give my­self the time to en­joy it is to start the or­gan­is­ing early. to kick-start your to-do list, our spe­cial this month is let’s Get Plan­ning (p165), a check­list of all the things you can sort out sooner rather than later. I hope you find it use­ful.

While those to-do lists keep on grow­ing, it’s so im­por­tant to give your­self a bit of headspace now and again. My favourite way to do that is to take the dogs for a walk, and it seems walk­ing is an ac­tiv­ity that’s gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. on p66 you’ll find our walk­ing spe­cial where Spring­watch pre­sen­ter Kate Hum­ble ex­plains why walk­ing soothes her soul, and jour­nal­ist an­dréa Childs ex­pe­ri­ences an all-fe­male walk­ing hol­i­day in the lake Dis­trict (p68). If you’re like me and the thought of go­ing to the gym fills you with hor­ror, then here is our an­swer.

this month sees the re­sults of an eight-month cam­paign to cel­e­brate the power, vi­tal­ity and sheer fab­u­lous­ness of women aged 50+ with the re­sults of woman&home’s 2018 “50 over 50 amaz­ing Women awards in part­ner­ship with JD Wil­liams”.

the idea came about be­cause we wanted to be unashamedly pos­i­tive about grown-up women. In the past, women felt in­vis­i­ble once they hit a cer­tain age but not any more. In fact, they’re achiev­ing in­cred­i­ble things and hold­ing up the world.

It was so dif­fi­cult to sin­gle out the even­tual ten win­ners (11 ac­tu­ally, be­cause a part­ner­ship won our so­cial In­flu­encer cat­e­gory) be­cause all 50 were so im­pres­sive. but I’m sure you’ll agree our top ladies are pretty mind­blow­ing (p54). From les­ley Knight, who has funded 21 NHs he­li­pads in mem­ory of her son, to british Film In­sti­tute Chief Ex­ec­u­tive amanda Nevill, to our favourite celebrity chef Mary berry, who is Pa­tron of Child be­reave­ment UK, woman&home salutes your hard work and can-do at­ti­tude. We will be cel­e­brat­ing the awards at a glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony at Clar­idge’s, where I’m look­ing for­ward to rais­ing a glass of Cham­pagne to all 50+ women – be­cause we’re all pretty amaz­ing I reckon!

Now our cover stars this month are rather un­usual – Holly Wil­loughby is younger than our usual fea­tured celebs and Phillip schofield is a man! but we felt these two de­served the ac­co­lade of a w&h cover be­cause they are so uni­ver­sally liked and ap­pear in our liv­ing rooms on TV so of­ten they feel like friends. This Morn­ing is 30 years old this month too and that feels like some­thing to com­mem­o­rate – re­mem­ber the early days with Richard and Judy? a fash­ion in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tive told me re­cently that Holly is the celeb all the re­tail­ers want to dress be­cause if she wears some­thing, it sells out im­me­di­ately. that’s very good news for M&s, who have cho­sen her to be their brand am­bas­sador. I per­son­ally love her style so I like to check out her In­sta­gram to get in­spi­ra­tion from the way she puts looks to­gether.

Right now the w&h team are busy putting your Christ­mas is­sue to­gether and it’s go­ing to be our most sump­tu­ous yet. En­joy this is­sue and see you next month for lots of fes­tive fun.

Kath Brown Ed­i­tor, woman&home

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