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Your Health, Your Way

I never make resolutions, mostly because I never keep them. However, this year, things are different. Last spring, my mother passed after four years of deteriorating health. As her caregiver, I found myself with extra hours in the day, at a period when free time was the last thing I needed.

Rather than fill that time with work or calories, I committed to reinvesting in my own care. Several months into a regular exercise routine and subtle dietary changes, I feel my energy levels and mood rising—and my waistline shrinking. While I will never love working out, I have found a system that is right for me and makes me feel great.

This month, Charlotte Rodina can help you do the same in “Fitness Your Way: Demystifying Healthy Living,” on page 4. She talked to industry experts and local residents to gather ideas for simple, sustainable ways to take control of your health destiny. This theme carries over into “Health & Wellness” on page 14, where Dr. Stacia Kelly outlines small steps that can make a big impact on improving your well-being.

Also crucial to our health is being able to de-stress. That may mean reading a book, or making time for a hobby. This month, we feature two people who actually turned their hobbies into careers. We go “Off the Beading Path” (page 10) with Denise Bush, whose passion for the art of beading led her to open Prince William’s first bead shop. In “Taking Care of Business” on page 16, we take to the skies with the executives of Metropolitan Aviation, a Manassas-based charter jet company born of one man’s love of flying.

Then, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Our “Prince William Living Giving Back” award winner, announced on page 21. Your entries reminded us of how lucky we are to have so many organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in greater Prince William.

With that announcement, we are ready to celebrate another group of community leaders, through our “Influential Women” awards. Now through Jan. 5, visit princewilliamliving.com/influential- women to view nominees and to nominate inspirational women. We will feature five of these nominees in the March issue of Prince William Living. You can follow award updates on social media using hashtag #pwlInfluentialWomen.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher

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