Letter from the Editor: Begin Again

By Leslie Moore

Letter from the Editor

Making and buying my own natural cleaning and beauty products has been a passion of mine over the past few years. Through (a lot) of trial and error, I’ve learned to make a great laundry soap, an all purpose spray cleaner, a to-die-for body balm, a simple face powder and even sunscreen. My next project is going to be soap-making. I’m collecting the necessary supplies and reading a lot about the process. I think I can do it, and if you’re on my Christmas list, you may get to find out how well I do. This is one of the interests I’ve developed since my youngest left home and needed me less. My very unscientific study of female friends and family members tells me I am not alone. Life changes, and we either grow and change with it…or not. And the “or not” will not be me. At first, I missed carpooling, curfews and cooking (I know what you’re thinking, and, yes, I really did), but I soon realized that my new found freedom is a gift. My 50s are my time to begin my life again; finding joy and fulfillment in creative pursuits that inspire and excite me instead of putting everyone else’s needs first. I don’t know exactly what I’ll do next (after the soap), but I do know it will be what I want and need to live a life I love every day.

On my list of things to explore is learning to paint. And, while I have yet to put a brush to canvas, I enjoy seeing the work of others. On September 19th and 20th, you’ll find me in the gorgeous historic district of Georgetown during Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art’s Seaside Palette. Artists will gather from around the region to paint outdoors during this two day event, with a wet paint sale on the afternoon of the 20th. The next weekend will also be devoted to the arts with PIFMA’s 5th Annual Chalk Walk, held during Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival in Huntington Beach State Park. Please stop and say hello if you see me there!

The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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