By Sandra G. Malhotra, Ph.D.

Greetings, All!

The holidays are upon us! Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la laaaa, la la la laaaa!

Or NOT. Right? Let’s not sugar coat this fruit cake — the holidays can be downright craptacular … wonderful and stressful crammed together like a Turducken. Unlike holiday movies, the season is not picture-perfect for many of us. It could be more like Festivus, with feats of strength and the airing of grievances. (Remember “A Festivus for the Rest of Us”? If not, Google it! It’s comedy gold, nay platinum, courtesy of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.)

Hence, the holiday issue of Regenerate Magazine to the rescue!

We’re going to give you tools for coping with those tough situations. There will be articles on how to approach the season with humor and grace, how to slow down and savor the moment, how to connect with others and nature, how to feel gratitude and raise your vibrations with music. Looking towards the new year, there are offerings for 3 things to do before the end of December, making goals stick by reprogramming your subconscious, and creating a legacy, to name a few. Juicy stuff.

What do you say we lose the traditions that are stressing us out and create new ones which serve our highest good? We can put on our organic cotton big girl or big boy pants, reject the materialism and ridiculousness, and embrace a deeper meaning for the holidays. Even the Grinch figured this out. Remember?

“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

— Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

It’s such a short season, but one in which so much good can be accomplished and so much love can be shared if we focus on deeper, more meaningful, things.

And after the feasts and giving, a fresh New Year will be upon us. 2017! The year I turn 50 … you know there will be musings about that milestone, so get ready. But I digress. Indeed, a fresh new year will be upon us, and an opportunity to turn the page and set new goals.

Our goal is to serve in a bigger and bolder way; to support those in our community who are working toward positive change, to make living wholistically easier, and also stimulate discussion about the stuff we need to address. We’re going there and hope you will join us because shit’s going to get real. It has to because our current trajectory is not sustainable. Really — what kind of world do we want to leave our children? One where they and the planet are less healthy? One full of discarded junk made in a sweatshop in Asia? One in which the 1% is even richer (and more controlling) because of our spending choices? See, I told you. Hang on, it’s going to be a wild ride.

And finally, I am wildly grateful for everyone who contributed to Regenerate this year. This is truly a team effort, and I have been blessed with wonderful photography, readers, advertisers, contributors, editors, designers, and distributors — THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all of you!!! I sit in awe of the many talented and committed people who have joined me on this journey, and am excited about creating a wholistic resource for our community for another year. Let’s boldly grow in 2017 together!

Sandra
Sandra G. Malhotra is the Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Regenerate Magazine. She is just a little bit passionate about health and wellness being our birthright.