Look around you and you will see the remnants of winter falling away in every direction. Brown morphs into green, pink is the new red (and the navy blue of India as style guru Diana Vreeland once remarked) and there’s a crisp smell of freshly mown grass just about everywhere. Hope springs eternal, literally.
In this issue, which was a blast for our team to create for your enjoyment, takes us from the shores of sunny Port Aransas and a VIP look at some of the coast’s most loved treasure troves of beach chic… to fashion on the streets of Paris where we are inspired by the film, Funny Face, the ultimate Audrey Hepburn-Fred Astaire film based on the real life antics of Richard Avedon and San Antonio native supermodel Suzy Parker. It is a refreshing of the 1957 classic, with a decidedly new twist, that what photographer Mark Oberlin shares with his unique eye.
And, let’s face it. Part of our continued success is because we chronicle the high performers of the state who not only make the scene, they are the scene. One such recent event scene was at the Malibu estate of spirits and beauty tycoons John Paul and Eloise DeJoria, who know how to throw a heck of a memorable party every year to celebrate life. In fact, we like unlocking the gates and sharing a VIP access with you in every issue. The DeJorias, along with our other galas, luncheons and events we chronicle, have contributed to our popularity to be a favorite read of yours.
These scene-makers can be subtle philanthropists or it can represent a rarified world filled with big fortunes, big rocks and unimaginable extravagance. Regardless, cast of characters all, incidentally, have one thing in common: a robust appetite for internal success and the creating the best of the best for themselves and the world around them. We like it when people try harder. It’s not about the money at all. It’s about the effort that goes into living a more beautiful life. In fact, all our contributing writers and associate editors are focused on that goal personally and professionally, as well as being experts in their field, and we thrive on sharing their vast expertise with you.
Around here we have learned that there are seven keys to live a more beautiful life with those around you. Want in on the secrets of how people really thrive? Here goes:
1. Know thyself.
It requires focused introspection and concentration. Explore all areas you want to explore to determine your passions; your deepest desires and fears; what makes you proud, insecure, and ashamed; what work you would love to do even without getting paid.
2. Define what “beautiful life” means to you.
It’s not material things that will lead us to a beautiful life. Ask yourself: What am I filling my life with that I’d rather replace with other things? How can I take action? How can I feel I deserve it?
3. Start working toward living a beautiful life.
Think about ways to attain what’s missing or eliminate what’s unnecessary. This is where all the adventures take place. Step out of your comfort zone, because adventures are exhilarating. If you commit to this step, you will no doubt feel how exciting life can be.
4. Appreciate where you are in this process.
Building a beautiful life can be a tough process at first. There will be starts, stops, and lots of tension along the way. Feel good about getting to the halfway point to living a beautiful life.
5. Adjust your expectations.
Creating your beautiful life can full of surprises. You may find that things you’ve determined to be true about steps one, two, three, and four have changed. By this time, you’ve likely gotten a taste of how beautiful life can be through adventures and new experiences and refocus or continue down this path.
6. Count your blessings and be grateful for what you have.
If you remember to count your blessings, you’re already living a beautiful life. What’s also true is that once you count your blessings, you’ll realize that life is, indeed, beautiful and you’re full of gratitude for what is and what can be.
7. Live your beautiful life.
Yep, go ahead. Do it. You deserve it.
As you can see all around you, we are living in an exciting world of enlightenment. We hope you enjoy this special spring issue to kick off the warm weather months and we look forward to seeing you in the ballroom.
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Lance Avery Morgan