Make time for you

Woman & Home - - Editor’s Letter -

I love that calm pe­riod af­ter Box­ing Day, when the world slows down and it’s OK to sit on the sofa

We are ap­proach­ing my favourite time of year.

I’m not talk­ing about ac­tual Christ­mas but the bit af­ter – twix­mas, that lovely calm pe­riod af­ter Box­ing Day and be­fore new Year’s Eve, where the work is done, the world slows down and it’s oK to sit on the sofa watch­ing tV.

In the past I would take this time to re­lax and then hit Jan­uary with a self-im­posed list of res­o­lu­tions and goals to achieve in the com­ing year. But 2019 feels dif­fer­ent. A re­cur­ring theme in this is­sue is about putting a stop to all that. First we have the hi­lar­i­ous Vic­to­ria Coren Mitchell writ­ing her first col­umn for w&h (p73), and it’s all about her NOT-to-do list. It made me laugh out loud, es­pe­cially as I’ve been guilty my­self of many of the points she makes – any­one else joined a gym and never used it? Yes, me too! Top of my not-to-do list for the com­ing year is mul­ti­task­ing – see our fea­ture on p16. Why you need to stop mul­ti­task­ing re­ally res­onates with me and con­firms what I think most of us al­ready sus­pect. Try­ing to achieve too many things at once is ac­tu­ally coun­ter­pro­duc­tive, and while fran­tic jug­gling can feel like a badge of hon­our for busy women, it’s ac­tu­ally so much more ef­fi­cient to fo­cus on one thing at a time.

Take writer Fiona Gib­son, who in our fea­ture Mess wars on p64, talks about leav­ing the tidy­ing up so she can get on with the things she likes do­ing, such as paint­ing and writ­ing. She has had 15 nov­els pub­lished and pro­duces lovely il­lus­tra­tions, so who cares if her house is a bit un­ruly? She gets things done by not sweat­ing the small stuff and avoid­ing dis­trac­tions like dust­ing. Sounds good to me!

Our bril­liant reg­u­lar colum­nist Al­li­son Pear­son also en­thuses about the joy of only do­ing the things she re­ally wants to do (p15). In this case it’s about New Year’s Eve par­ties – she hates them and will be cel­e­brat­ing with a small group of loved ones in­stead.

For those of you who do en­joy get­ting dressed up for par­ties over New Year, we have all your needs cov­ered in this is­sue. Fash­ion direc­tor Paula Moore and her team have picked out the most flat­ter­ing out­fits and ac­ces­sories for the party sea­son, so you can shimmy into the small hours if that’s what you love.

Our beau­ti­ful cover star Kate Silverton (p10) has taken shim­my­ing to a new level by throw­ing her­self into Strictly Come Danc­ing. I met her on our shoot at the be­gin­ning of her Strictly train­ing with pro­fes­sional dancer Al­jaž Ško­r­janec, and her ex­cite­ment about learn­ing a new skill and mas­ter­ing the steps was in­fec­tious. The w&h team have been so de­lighted to see her do well on the show, as we al­ways like to cheer on grown-up women liv­ing their best lives.

That leaves me to wish you a healthy and happy 2019. De­spite all I’ve said about avoid­ing res­o­lu­tions, of course it’s im­por­tant that we look af­ter our health and well­be­ing – drink less, make time for ex­er­cise and so on.

But let’s make a vow to chill out more and re­ally do the things we en­joy in 2019 too. The world is a tough place right now so let’s at least be kind to our­selves and cut our­selves some slack. I’ll raise a glass to that!

Kath with cover star Kate silverton Kath Brown Edi­tor, woman&home IT’S All ABOuT YOu!

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