A new year – a new venture

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As is customary, the New Year is an ideal time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the coming months. It’s a time to observe the mistakes we made, acknowledge the successes we found and make resolutions for the future.

We look back on 2021 with mixed feelings. It was a tough year with tragedies that shook our faith in humanity, but it was also a year of hope-filled moments that reminded us that people do care about each other. We saw celebrities doing good, social media campaigns raising awareness of important issues and ordinary people touching lives one at a time with kindnesses big and small. We felt a sense of community and it was great to be able to capture this and celebrate it in the magazine.

And this is what makes us optimistic about 2022 – there are people who want to make this world a better place, to help and encourage each other, and to offer support when needed.

Small business plans

This year many small businesses (including ourselves) will be looking to expand their reach, increase their networking and deepen their community engagement. This year we’re getting ready to launch Life In…Bromley and the excitement is picking up pace!

All the editorial features are pretty much done – and now it’s just a case of filling the advertising slots. With just half of the magazine reserved for advertisers, we’re already 95% sold. It helps to have the example of Life In…Orpington magazine as people can see your vision and what you’re trying to achieve.

The hardest thing in starting a community magazine is having nothing to show in the first place. We’re thankful that our loyal advertisers took a leap of faith in the concept of Life In…Orpington. And it’s telling that most of those early advertisers continue to advertise with us until this day. Community is a word that’s very important to them – and we’re privileged that they want to be part of that wider message by showcasing what they offer in the magazine.

So, what else can small businesses do to continue to grow this year? Ideas around starting a blog or developing a series of newsletters to keep their customers informed are all tried and tested – and seem to work in building a sense of community. So too can getting out and about, meeting other like-minded businesses to see what synergies they share and how they can collaborate. Just a few ideas we thought we’d share.

Lastly, we’d like to share one of our highlight moments from the last month, where we were invited to be a guest on Zeenat Noorani’s Mindset Matters Radio Show recently, along with the lovely Michelle Simpson from The Chartwell Cancer Trust. Please do have a listen – where you can discover more about the wonderful work that The Chartwell Cancer Trust does in the Bromley borough, as well as our personal story on being diagnosed with the illness that now affects one in two of us. It’s a positive story, with a positive outcome – and message. We’d love to know what you think.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers, supporters and advertisers a very happy New Year – here’s to health and happiness in 2022. Here’s our own inspirational quote to kick off the new year…

“If a serious illness has taught us anything, it’s to be sincerely grateful for what we have. Forget the fast cars and fancy mansions; health and happiness are what we should all be striving for. Because ultimately, they are all what really matters.”

Hello 2021

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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