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Remember to Love Yourself

As I write this editor’s note, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the love I was given surrounding our January 2018, 20th anniversary edition. I can’t say thank you enough to all the members of this, our Mom and Caregiver community.

For 20 years, we have lived, laughed, loved and cried through a myriad of tests and trials, joys and triumphs.

So many people have reached out to tell their story. Through these exchanges, I’ve felt needed and cared about.

Recently, during a presentation, a colleague asked me to share a memory that had a significant impact on me. I recalled the time a reader stopped me in a restaurant and asked if I was Sabina from The Mom &Caregiver. When I said yes, she started to cry and told me how we had saved her life as she had gone through some rough times. Our magazine helped to keep her connected to the outside world. She joined a mom’s group that she had seen on our calendar. And she started to get involved with the community. She felt we were her lifeline to begin over again.

This story connected me to another warm moment. Following the passing of my Mother, I received a handwritten card and letter from a reader, acknowledging that I’d shared my grief in the magazine. She said that, although we’d never met, she was with me as I went through my journey. To be loved and to love, life’s sweet reward!

February is the month of love. Love shows itself in many ways. Love embraces romance, happiness, laughter and tears.

“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another” Thomas Merton

Love is also experienced through sharing so please join us on Facebook and Instagram. We’ll show you how much you mean to us by giving away prizes all year along from our advertisers and continue keeping you involved in this magazine. Since I’ve been referred to as London’s Oprah after the January cover came out, who knows what we will be giving away this year! Hmm, Lexus?

Happy Valentine’s Day! And, remember to love yourself!

Sabina Manji, a lifelong Londoner, is an irrepressible entrepreneur, mother of a wonderful son, and also a committed volunteer.


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