Out with the old and in with the new! It’s an attractive concept at the beginning of another year, and one that we can apply to all sorts of things – ideas, dietary habits, exercise programmes, certainly the contents of my wardrobe, politicians (not going there).
I read recently that sales of underwire bras are falling (where’s she going with this? I hear you cry) as women opt for comfort over lingerie with in-built scaffolding. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to find that women everywhere are swapping the frivolous for the functional, but it got me thinking that there could be something going on at a much deeper level. Something about wanting to get back to nature, about being less concerned with image and focusing on what’s real, perhaps on what really matters. I hope so.
Maybe it’s a reaction to all the change and upheaval in the world, an attempt to bring some stability and calmness to our own lives amid the maelstrom happening around us, but it can’t be a coincidence that, as spiky bras are falling out of favour, sales of self-help books have rocketed. How many of us have placed ‘wellbeing’ high on our list of priorities for 2019? Above anything else we want to ourselves, our families and friends to be healthy and happy.
Suffolk magazine is all about wellbeing – celebrating the things that improve and enhance life in the county, whether it be discovering interesting, talented people, exploring fascinating places, finding ways to escape the stresses of everyday life, making our homes more comfortable and enjoyable, sharing ways to prepare, cook and eat delicious, nutritious local food and drink.
We’re starting the new year with a resolution to discover, enjoy and help protect the beautiful, wild and natural parts of Suffolk. We’re lucky to live in this part of the country, with the ability to enjoy plenty of open spaces, to see wildlife close up and to remind ourselves of what’s important. I echo Terry Hunt’s comment in his column this month – Suffolk really is the best of all places to live, work and play. So, let’s get out there!
Finally, I’d like to start the year by saying thank you . . . to the people of Suffolk who use their many talents to help make our lives so enjoyable. To the wonderful contributors to Suffolk magazine for their ideas, words and pictures that help bring the county alive. To my colleagues who work hard to make the magazine great. And to you, for continuing to support us and Suffolk. Happy new year.
‘We’re starting the new year with a resolution to discover, enjoy and help protect the wild and natural parts of Suffolk’
My thanks to reader Mike Constance for this stunning photograph taken at Southwold.