First Word with Sue Hodgson

Putting together a January issue is not always easy. Not only do the deadlines align with the busy season, but it can also be a strain to come up with compelling content.

After the excitement and abounding creativity of the holiday, January at times might seem like the downward descent, the letdown period that brings us back to the real world. Plus, it’s been cold. Really cold!

But the power of words is amazing: they save lives, circulate powerful ideas, preserve traditions and memories and so much more. For centuries, back to a time which probably can’t be traced, the power of the written word has proved to be something undeniably beautiful.

We are so fortunate at Seaside Magazine to have the opportunity every month to connect with readers with our words and your stories … all about the community we love. It’s not, however, only the written word that is so commanding: the spoken one is just as powerful. The words people speak to or about us – both positive and negative – have the ability to carve a new path for our future.

As we launch into a new year, let’s pay attention to the words we speak and those we allow to be spoken in our lives. Let’s focus on sharing words of encouragement, bringing hope and possibility in our lives and into the lives of others. We should never want to have a careless word slip out that lingers, hurts or discourages someone. We want to be a source to build others up, to encourage them, see their potential and the possibilities their life holds.

So this year, after the holidays have come and gone, let’s choose to focus on the warmth, beauty and opportunity this year will usher in. We hope Seaside Magazine can be some help in bringing out the best in our community with our storytelling and the power of our words in the magazine each month.

On behalf of the entire staff at Seaside Magazine, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes,
Sue Hodgson

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