The 2013 New Year and Foundation Day are directly behind us and marked a new beginning for everyone. As every year, we make New Year’s resolutions, but these rarely last. How do we make this year different and create a true, lasting change? UC magazine’s Winter 2013 issue, In With the New Me, opens with the following words from the editor: “In this issue, our community shares tools and ideas to do out with the old and, more importantly, do in with the ‘new me.’” This issue is all about creating impactful change.
The Perspectives section is a personal toolbox for transformation, equipped with activities and inspiration on different levels of change: that of mindset and of action. Naokimi Ushiroda, Leadership Program Director for HSA-UWC and leadership trainer for Generation Peace Academy (GPA), shares his tried and proven method for not only creating goals but also accomplishing them. This technique is accompanied by a do-it-yourself goal-setting activity, which is also available on the magazine’s website to download and print.
The book reviews in this issue reveal the latest discoveries and applications of the power of the mind, and a “vision board” activity gives readers a way to practice visualization: attracting what one wants in life through actively thinking about it.
When it comes to applying these methods for change, and in light of the Foundation Day Blessing, Debby Gullery, Director of Counseling for the HSA-UWC Blessed Family Team, transforms “in with the new me” to “in with the new us,” offering guidance on the spiritual path of marriage and how to grow and renew one’s marriage.
The People section of this issue is part of UC’s Gallery column, featuring the first interview that has an online film component – a new feature of the magazine that will be created in every issue. The interview is with Milon Townsend, an accomplished, full-time glasswork artist who has made over a million pieces in his career. The UC team visited Townsend’s studio in Hilton, New York. Printed is Townsend’s inspiration, experiences, techniques explained and advice to artists. “Whatever art form you practice, do it every day, even if it’s just a little bit. That’s how you will develop much more momentum, consistency and a higher skill set,” advises Townsend. In the video, he demonstrates his techniques, describes some of his unique pieces and gives a tour of his studio.
The Life section closes the issue with useful lifestyle tips and resources, including book- and movie reviews, an article by Joshua Swenson about connecting to God in nature, a review on the new age concept of the Emotion Code, as well as the regular education, career, cooking and grooming columns.
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Reviewed by Jeanne Caron.