What is your secret power?

At the Helm

lori march17Creating a “Power Issue” is not a new idea; many lifestyle magazines have done it before. In most cases, the end result is a collection of “powerful” individuals from the community. We tried to do the same thing but were unable to agree on the selection criteria.

Do we include part-time residents? Do we just list people who are powerful now, or do we also include powerful people from the past? Do they have to be alive? Do we let our readers vote? Is it subjective or based on fact?

We found ourselves saying, “Well, you can’t leave (fill in the blank) off the list.”

It quickly spiraled out of control. For every “powerful” person identified, we quickly found five more equally qualified individuals we couldn’t justify leaving out.

So instead of releasing a “20,000 Most Powerful People in the Lowcountry” list, we opted to take it in a different direction, shifting the focus to powerful forces in all of our lives — for example, the power of family, the power of higher education, the power of pets, the power of patriotism, power foods, power reads and power in business. We use the p-word 248 times over the next 192 pages.

Inside, you will find a special section on the power of interior design with profiles on some of the industry’s best. Other highlights include tips for getting your home and garden ready for spring, an in-depth look at alternative medicine and all the latest news and notes.

Looking for something fun to do? We have all the information you need heading into two of spring’s biggest events — the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival.

We also have four pages of photos from the 2017 Hilton Head Bridal Show, held at The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa. I can’t say thank you enough to all the vendors, support people and patrons that helped make the show a success.

In closing, I also feel the need to thank Mother Nature for the beautiful weather we experienced this winter. Dreary February is usually one of my least favorite months (except for my birthday), but this year was certainly an exception.

Here’s to more sunny, beautiful days in this wonderful place we call home. I hope you make the most of it!