Editor’s Note: The “Fresh” Issue

Ah.. 2019. How did time fly so fast?

Some of you are probably eager to face the world, ready to hit the town with your best pals any day of the week (trust me, you should treasure this boundless amount of energy that you have right now, ’cause it won’t last). Meanwhile, the rest of you might be going through a period of intense soul searching — smack dab in the void of “what now?” and not knowing where to head next, as if you’ve lost total control of yourself.

Adulthood seems to get cloudier the more you grow up, and I can’t explain how many people think that their dreams have passed them by. That it is too late for them to go back to school, start a business, pursue a unique interest or even reconnect with that one friend you once call “sister from another mother”.

Repeat after me: It’s never too late to be the person you want to be. And things not going according to plan is not the problem.

We have told ourselves that certain things need to happen by a certain age, or they will never happen for us. As a person who’s reaching her 30s, I can tell you that this is so not true, because we can choose and make our destiny at any time. For instance, let’s say you haven’t been the best version of yourself in 2018, in which things got pretty ugly to the extent that you wish you could press delete and erase every part of it.

Obviously, you can’t do that because we’re not living in a sci-fi movie. But what you can do is, own your mistakes, forgive yourself and start all over again.

“For what it’s worth.. it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

In light of the #NewYearNewYou approach, it feels like a good time to explore freshness — and what it means today. In its most literal meaning, starting fresh means to understand that age is merely a number, and it is never too late to hit reset. Think you need to refresh your wardrobe? Start a new skincare routine? Or perhaps venture into the “influencer” business? Just go for it. What do you have to lose anyway?

So with this issue, I hope you make the best of 2019. See things that startle you, and do something about it. Go out and meet people who have a different point of view. Live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.