I stand firm in my resolute love of January. There is a profound feeling of possibility. Experiences of the past, both pleasurable and challenging, have led us to this point—to the edge of creating what our next moments will hold. We have the power to change our lives for the better; we are visionaries. Thoughts become actions, and actions become our reality. Joyful living starts with living mindfully.
Part of living at our peak entails surrounding ourselves with people who inspire us, who move and encourage us. Simply put, these are the North Stars of our galaxy. They not only are ones to look up to, but they allow us to be our best selves. These are family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers we encounter for a brief moment. They are teachers, therapists, and coaches.
Our Wellness Issue folds together these individuals, from a roundup of alternative healers, to climbing instructors, to standout trainers from boutique gyms. Fitness culture has become more nuanced and refined over the years, with studios offering club-like amenities and targeted classes. Behind a gym’s success, though, are the trainers who invest in their clients. A workout becomes more than a physical act—it’s a means for connection.
Intense training calls for relaxation in equal measure. Our region abounds in luxury hotels with exquisite spas for the ultimate indulgence. We also debut a new department this issue in our Eat & Drink section. For a while now, we’ve presented On the Burner as a digital newsletter, and now in our print edition, we’ll offer food news, kitchen gadgets, local products, recipes, and other tasty tidbits. This month, treat yourself to a whimsical cocktail or a warm cup of chai and reflect on life’s potential. Here’s to yours in 2022.