Editor Lindsey Adkison

Welcome to 2020, y’all! Not only is it a new year, it’s a new decade, and that in itself offers up loads of potential. 

But rather than focusing on the typical "resolutions" avowed this time of year, we’re taking a look at something that seems to hold more value than losing that 10 pounds or putting in extra hours at the gym. We’re looking at ways that we can cultivate a sense of self-love. 

Sure, that’s a broad topic, one that is difficult to really comprehend, much less put into practice. But I feel that it is incredibly important. As many of you may already know, my "other life" is a yogic one. I’ve been a teacher in the area for six years, and a practitioner for a bit longer. The style of yoga I do is called Ashtanga, an ancient and challenging system that generates both humility and self-acceptance which extends beyond physical postures — it permeates one’s life. 

This is my way of loving myself, of taking care of my body, mind, and soul by meeting myself on my mat every day. I am grateful for it. Along the way, it has helped me develop a greater sense of compassion and purpose. 

Now, yoga might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that is just fine. Still, I think the path to self love includes finding that one thing that is solely yours — space to be with yourself, decompress, and let whatever you’ve been holding onto go. 

In these pages, we’ve enlisted the help of many in the local mindfulness community to explore ways to approach that. From setting aside time for a soothing salt soak or a rejuvenating acupuncture session, it’s about finding the best method for you to take care of you. 

And I think that cultivating that sense of self care sets the tone for a life filled with love — toward oneself and for others, as well. Because the truth is you can’t pour from an empty cup, and you can’t really care for others if you’re not caring for yourself.  So this year, this new decade, let’s set the intention to do that. Love yourself and mean it. There’s no one in the world who deserves your love or affection more than you, yourself. 

Happy 2020, cheers! 

Sending you love and hope for a beautiful new year — 

Lindsey Adkison