There’s no doubt about it: 2020 has been hard.
But despite the challenges, there’s never a lack of inspiration in the world — including people around us and in our own homes.
This issue’s theme of OC mompreneurs highlights one group that’s been significantly impacted this year: moms who run their own business. Mompreneurs are impressive at any point in time, but in 2020, they’re reaching superhero status. The pandemic, the resulting lockdowns, and then the impact on business and education changed the lives of families practically overnight. Mompreneurs have had to work at troubleshooting their business while figuring out how to work through distance learning for their kids at home — in addition to everything else they already do. We feature some of these inspirational OC mompreneurs — and there are many — to get some advice and learn what keeps them motivated.
Our other feature this month offers inspiration in a different sort of way. It centers on an educational method that’s been around since the early 1900s — Montessori — and how this system lends itself well to the educational needs arising from the current pandemic. Read our feature to learn how local Montessori schools have adapted.
Local Hero just keeps the inspiration going with a story about a local pastor who has completed a grueling Ironman competition in order to offer important life lessons to his daughter. The pastor has done all this after being diagnosed with brain cancer. You won’t want to miss this piece.
Meanwhile, experts in the community offer mental and emotional support tips for tackling these times. In Family Wellness, a licensed clinical psychologist offers her insight on the mental health challenges we have been faced with as well as advice on resetting for the new year. Mindfulness discusses the importance of defining empathy and compassion, as well as knowing the right ways to demonstrate them in our lives and as parents. Ask the Experts focuses on the power of hope during chaotic times and how to practice self-care.
In other topics, we welcome Openings back this issue with some new businesses in Orange County. What’s Hot spotlights some picks for the home office while Foodie Jr. is all about pita wraps.
You’ll have plenty to read heading into the new year. Here’s hoping to a much smoother year to come!
By Jessica Peralta