It’s all about you!

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - In this issue... - FRITH THOMAS Edi­to­rial Di­rec­tor, wo­man&home

ne of the best parts of my job is get­ting to see all the great new things for the sea­son ahead. Vivid deckchairs, leafy-mo­tif cush­ions and in­ter­est­ingly coloured drinks in tall glasses are put out on dis­play on the o ce floor as Claire, our decor ed­i­tor, de­cides what will look best at a lazy sum­mer pic­nic, or turn a din­ner on the pa­tio into a stylish, swish aair (see her fab out­door bonus on page 117 for more). Next to her, Nas­tassja and Tia­mara from our fash­ion team choose which dreamy, floaty num­bers to pack for a trip down to the coast for a beach shoot that’s aptly named Take me to par­adise! (p18).

It’s a mag­i­cal busi­ness putting a mag­a­zine to­gether, with each is­sue

Ohav­ing its own dis­tinct per­son­al­ity that takes shape as the tal­ented w&h team first imag­ines, then cre­ates. There are al­ways parts of an is­sue I fall par­tic­u­larly in love with – like the wa­ter­melon pizza in this month’s edi­tion on page 128 (not to men­tion our fruity cock­tails on page 140, per­fect for warm sum­mer even­ings). The thought that some­thing so sim­ple yet re­fresh­ingly de­li­cious could be part of my hol­i­days made me feel quite ridicu­lously happy! It’s per­haps a symp­tom of how much we all re­ally need to re­lax right now – a cou­ple of days of just rest­ing and recharg­ing, and do­ing things that make you smile.

I’m all for fol­low­ing the ad­vice on page 96 about giv­ing your­self a break from tech. We live our lives through such a techno lens that not hav­ing screens as part of a day may seem like a stretch, but imag­ine in­stead go­ing for long walks – with kids, your dog, friends – breath­ing in fresh air and just let­ting your mind rest. It sounds quite good, doesn’t it? It’s re­ally about be­ing in the now, and savour­ing the mo­ment.

One of the tips we have on page 14, about how to make small tweaks to en­joy life more, makes so much sense to me. It’s to close your eyes once dur­ing ev­ery meal. Re­ally tast­ing your food jolts you out of au­topi­lot and into the present; an easy mind­ful­ness trick worth try­ing!

Sum­mer and hol­i­days are all about fam­ily and friends, fun and laugh­ter – those spe­cial mo­ments that be­come mem­o­ries you’ll cher­ish for a life­time. I love how so many of the big names we speak to this month, such as cover star Ni­cole Kid­man (p8), singer Michael Bublé (p42), and SA beauty guru Ca­rina Franck (p34), are stick­lers for mak­ing fam­ily and re­la­tion­ships a pri­or­ity. Their def­i­ni­tion of suc­cess, even while be­ing at the top of their game, is about hav­ing a good work-life bal­ance, one that’s de­fined by the hap­pi­ness they share with loved ones.

Dogs also seem to be a big part of many of our fam­ily lives, and I know you’ll smile when you read how au­thor Lynne Truss – never a poochie per­son – is now con­vinced that dogs make the world a bet­ter place (p64). Whomever you count among your close cir­cle of spe­cial souls, it’s worth mak­ing the time and eort to con­nect with them in a feel-good, mean­ing­ful way this hol­i­day.

If your idea of sum­mer heaven is a good book and hav­ing hours of time in which to read it, see our guide to great reads on page 142. It’s cer­tainly my ver­sion of bliss – ly­ing on a sun­lounger with a glass of ice-cold bub­bly, lost in the pages of a fan­tas­tic novel.

With that in mind, here’s to us all recharg­ing and re­lax­ing, so that we can take on 2019 feel­ing fresh and re­ju­ve­nated. I wish you a very happy hol­i­day and New Year – cheers!

‘Sum­mer is about fun, fam­ily and friends, and mak­ing spe­cial mem­o­ries’

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