Happy New Year from Lola Magazine!

In Bevin Hicks, Brittany Strickland, Jarrett Warren, Lola Shreveport, Michael Angelo by Lola Magazine

BY BEVIN HICKS

At the beginning of each year I take a little time to reflect on what I have learned, how I have grown, my wins and my losses… and what I can do in the New Year to be better for myself and my family. Like most of us, I need to exercise more, eat better, blah, blah, blah.

But what do I really need to work on? What are my real “New Year Resolutions?” I have learned a lot over the past year. I have learned to be a little tougher, and in the same breath, to be even more compassionate. I have grown personally as a mother, a wife, a friend and as a publisher.

The year 2017 brought me so much joy, and so many new people in my life that I am beyond grateful to know. My wins have outweighed my losses, and my gratitude for that is exponential! My eyes have been opened more in 2017 to the beauty in humanity. Sure, that could sound a bit too “rainbows and butterflies” for all of the negative that exists our world today, but regardless of how I choose to view it, there will always be darkness and light. Personally, I choose to see the goodness. So, in this New Year I want slow down a bit, spend a more time being still and taking in the little moments. Maybe, put down my phone and check that email later – maybe!

As we welcome in 2018, Lola Magazine is embarking on many new adventures, and we are so grateful to all of our readers that are on this journey with us. This issue of Lola Magazine celebrates all that the New Year brings. We embrace our Louisiana heritage with Mardi Gras history, and share a cocktail with our “gal-pals” for “Gal-entine’s Day.” We celebrate the beautiful life of Drew Boswell from his mother Georgia, and how even in tremendous loss the beat goes on for the Boswell family. We take you back to the ‘90s with our ‘90s fashion. We share tips to stay heart healthy, to look good and feel good all year long.

It is our earnest wish that 2018 brings much happiness and health to you and yours. I hope that Mardi Gras season brings good times with those you love and that you stay warm these last few months of winter. Also, I hope that even on days when it seems more difficult than others, I hope that you will see the beauty in each day, in each new face, and that we all can take a little more time to slow down and enjoy the ride.

Cheers to 2018,

Bevin