As with each passing year, 2018 was filled with its fair share of ups and downs. As I look forward to 2019, I could be anxious about what I’ll learn, what good I’ll do and what hardships I may encounter. Instead, my intention is to stay present; what will come will surely come, so I’m better off savouring every moment. With this in mind, I’m using the new year as an excuse to find calm amid chaos.
To start, I’m implementing five mini meditations (“RX for the Everyday,” page 58) to ubiquitous tasks, such as showering and commuting, in the hope of becoming more mindful. I’ll apply my newfound mindfulness to choosing the perfect cozy sweater (“Knit Picks,” page 24), working out (“Full-body Shape-up With Dumbbells,” page 56), decorating a stylishly soothing bedroom (“Tranquil Tang,” page 62) and baking a decadent chocolate cake (“Chocolate Lovers,” page 92).
Turn to page 35 for a section dedicated to my favourite calm-down ritual: travel. Running the gamut from packing tips to advice on how to truly relax on vacation to savvy flying facts, these pages are meant to be torn out and kept next to your suitcase.
Our editorial team’s mission is to make your lives more simple, and the onset of a new year is the perfect time to strive for ease and a little bit of serenity, too.