Letter From The Editor

Years ago, when I first started going to the gym, I remember feeling exceptionally annoyed by the treadmill.  Not exactly the machine, itself, but the very idea of it. I was used to jogging around my neighborhood, so walking or running in-place on a conveyor belt seemed like a colossal waste of time to me. After all, at the end of your workout, you’re still in the exact same place.  You haven’t gone anywhere.

But when I started to actually use the treadmill, it didn’t take long for me to see positive results from the work I’d put in.  The benefits, I learned, came from me simply putting in the work. 

Good things may come to those who wait, but even better things may come if you push up your sleeves. And that’s exactly why we devote each September’s “Labor Issue” to Wiles women in the workforce!  No celebrity covers or glossy fall fashion previews, here, just a heart-to-heart conversation between us girls about the business of being a woman.

You’ll find informative tips for living your best life decade-by-decade in our “Health & Wellness” section, and in “What He Wants,” we’ll explore the good, the bad and the ugly of romance in the workplace. “Our World View” section explores how working mothers are impacting one of the largest and most significant economies in the world, and our “Luxury Living” feature will offer some DIY advice on how to makeover your home in style.

Our feature “The Help (Mate)” poses the question “What’s a wife’s job?” and offers perspectives from both wives’ and a husbands’ points of view.  And as the world braces for a possible US military strike in Syria, we are proud to offer our special “Purse Strings” tribute to women who have served in the US military since the founding of this nation.

Okay, so we’ll give you a little bit of fashion this month – after all, we’re Wiles! From our coverage of Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2013 to our favorite looks from London Fashion Week, you’ll definitely have a chance to satisfy your fashion fix!

I admit it.  I am the poster child for “Are we there, yet?” In fact, on more than one occasion, I actually caught my parents playing Santa Claus because I just couldn’t wait for the sun to rise on Christmas morning!

If you’re impatient like me, then you probably find it frustrating when the results of your hard work don’t come when and how you’d like. In this fast-paced, microwaved world, patience and diligence seem to have been tossed out of the automatic window. But it’s impossible to succeed without, as the old folks’ say, “paying your dues.” So rest in knowing that there is virtue in the process, and you’ll find joy in the journey the minute your mind opens wide enough to receive it.