I Love What I Do

I love what I do. Bringing Tidewater Women to you every month is always rewarding. As editor, I get to choose articles that will—I hope anyway—improve your lives and maybe inspire you to change for the better.

This month’s issue is about women’s health, a topic we’re all vitally interested in. I’m not perfect when it comes to taking care of myself. In fact, some of this month’s articles highlight health issues I need to work on: reducing stress, increasing activity, and, of course, losing weight. We know that we can be healthier by making small changes, but sometimes it’s hard. That’s why our editorial focus this month is designed to gently encourage you to take better care of yourself. Start with baby steps.

Being a woman today is complicated. Sometimes I wonder if things were easier for women back in the day—before life in the modern world became so busy. High-tech tools like computers and smart phones were originally designed to make communication easier, but sometimes it seems they have had the opposite effect: we’re all so tuned it to “communicating” that the rest of the world quietly slips by unnoticed. 

Even connecting with people face to face is becoming rare these days. Sometimes I’ll be sitting at my computer, pounding away on the keys, and one of my sons will pop into my office to say hello or goodbye (or “Can I borrow some money?”—but that’s a topic for another column). I’ll barely move my eyes from the computer screen as I respond to them—and before I can blink, they’re gone again. I realized not long ago that I am not engaging with them like I used to. In fact, I find myself barely glancing at them when we talk.  

Lindsay Gibson talks about the importance of eye contact in her column this month, and in another article, we look at the need for face time, especially in our business dealings. I plan to try to disconnect from my computer screen more frequently in the coming month and connect more with the people I love. 

October is a fabulous time of year to connect with friends and family—and with nature. So grab a pal and take to the woods or a local beach for a stroll this month. Experience the real world for a change, and leave cyberspace behind. You’ll feel better, less stressed, and more alive. 

I guarantee it.

Hope to see you soon!

Love, Peggy

Peggy Sijswerda

Tidewater Women Magazine, Editor & Co-Publisher.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com
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