Hello 2021

January 2021 blog

Happy New Year! 2021 is a year we’re all hoping returns to normal, but at the time of writing, we’ve gone back into lockdown and are trying to ride out the storm.

The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for all of us – who would have thought that Covid would come along and affect our lives in the way it did. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel – and hopefully the vaccines will pave the way to a brighter year.

Working life

Given the new lockdown rules, we’re back to doing many household deliveries. Where the magazines were picked up all over the place – at train stations, cafes, hospitals etc, we’re mostly confined to leaving them at the supermarkets. As long as we cover our costs to produce the magazine, we’ll keep going through good times and bad…

Rather than waste the magazines we’ve printed, we’re hoping that we give a little lift to the homes we deliver to while people are isolating – plus it’s a way of getting in our exercise. If you ever feel like becoming a ‘Friend’ of the magazine and volunteering your time to deliver magazines in your street/local community, please get in touch. You can email us at hello@lifeinmagazines.co.uk – at present, we are only accepting ‘Friends’ who can take at least 100 magazines to distribute.

One of the more popular pages in the magazine has been the Pet Page – and we’ve loved seeing your pet pictures – please continue sending these in for the chance to get published. In the February issue we’ve even got a Pet expert to help answer your questions.

On the horizon we’ve got Valentine’s Day next month to look forward to and Mother’s Day in March – we probably won’t be spending these days in the same way we’re used to, so it’s nice to plan ahead and think about how to make them special with limited options.

Again, we’d like to encourage all our readers to shop local where possible; many local businesses are still open – or are delivering goods, so do try them first before you click on Amazon.

As usual we’ll leave you with an inspiring quote  – this one is from John Wooden.

“All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low”

Until next month, stay safe!

Nicky and Lauretta

A new year, a new start – and new plans!

A New year a new start

It feels strange that it’s still January and we’re now working on our March magazine – but that’s publishing for you!

As we managed to have a little downtime over Christmas, we were raring to pick up the pace in January and get back into the swing of things. We find it’s lovely to have the opportunity to relax and unwind, but having a routine (and with the kids back at school) means that we can get our focus back.

A huge welcome

We’ve had a few new advertisers come on board for the New Year, so we’d like to reach out a warm welcome to Flin’s Fitness, who cater for both adults and now tweens and teens; Gina Webley – a medical herbalist and Perry’s Accountants.

Working ahead, we’ve got some new clients for February and now that we’re working on our March issue, things have really started to take off. The ‘Ask The Experts’ page that we launched in January was really popular – both with our readers and our clients, so we’re planning on offering it again a few more times to see if it continues to be well received.   

Out and about

This month we’ve managed to get to a few business and networking meetings kicking off with PIB (People In Business), which is on twice monthly but we tend to stick with the morning slot on the first Friday of the month as it’s straight after school drop off.

We were also lucky enough to attend a roundtable discussion with Lord Harris to discuss issues affecting local businesses. Lord Harris is attending parliament this month – and wanted to relay real issues that affect local businesses back to the government.

A new year a new start

Topics such as parking issues on the High Street were raised along with business rates, education and even roadworks. It was a real eye-opener for us and we think it’s great that our local businesses can voice their opinions and actually get them heard by the people that run our country via Lord Harris.

Finally, we attended the Farnborough Village Society AGM for the first time this month, which we’ll be reporting on in our February issue  – out soon!

New stockists

Last month we reported that we installed a new outdoor dump bin at the Nugent Shopping Park (thanks to Tina Powley for being fully supportive of this). This month we’re pleased to report that we’re now at PRUH hospital – inside and just outside the canteen. We also have issues at the Spar shop (just inside the hospital entrance) and at Costa.

At Sainsbury’s Locksbottom, the magazines can be found at the customer service desk, and we’ve now got a floor stand set up at Petts Wood Train Station.

If they’re not on show at any of the new places, please do ask about them. It might just be that the staff have forgotten to put the stands out!

This month we’ve also been working on our distribution model and our promotional pack, plus we’re delighted to inform you that we’re now registered as a limited company – something that we’ve been meaning to do in a while.

A new year a new start

Other news

Finally, we end on some good news in terms of goal setting for 2020. We’ve both signed up for a 5K obstacle challenge this summer in the hope of raising funds for local charities. It’s lovely to be able to give something back to the community – and if it means we get fitter in the process, then even better!

We’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this month, if you’ve got any recommendations or just fancy saying hi – email us at hello@lifeinmagazines.co.uk