January 2019 Note from the Editor

Our editor reveals her secret life, plus what she loves about January's magazine!
january 2019 note from the editor

Editor Wendy Manwarren Generes / photo by Jennie Sullins

Pssst. I’ve got a secret. Each night after I tuck my little ones in bed, I sneak out to the garage to work on my side project: It’s the renovation of a 1970s-era dollhouse that I bought for Genevieve when she was 3 months old (she’s 4 now). It’s been moved from Dallas to San Diego, been packed away in a Pod and endured an infestation of wasps.

But 2019 is the year I promised I would make something of this antique mall-find that my husband considers trash.

The roof was cracked, the wallpaper was peeling and the carpets were stained and dingy. I told myself (and Scott) that I wouldn’t pour loads of money into it. But I want it to be pretty and functional so I’m DIYing lots of furnishings, getting inventive with repurposing and creating something I know my daughter will love. I’ll share my progress on www.sandiegohomegarden.com, but for now, a picture that’s not a complete before (I’ve already stripped the attic and two rooms of their dated floral pattern in this photo), but something that will make the after image shine.

Why am I telling you this? I’m offering a peek into my after-hours tinkerings because in this issue, seven very cool San Diegans let us peer into their moonlighting talents. There’s a graphic designer-turned-soap (and other beauty products) maker, a fishmonger who spins exquisite ceramics, and a craftsman telling incredible stories through photographs, among others. Come be a voyeur with us. Read all about these fascinating individuals in “Secret Lives.”

Beyond exposing secrets, we’ve packed this issue with loads of wellness, it being the new year and all.

Our managing editor, who openly admits she’s not great about self-pampering, spent time focusing on self-care and her own well-being. Read all about her journey, her comical realizations and what it means for us in 2020 (yikes!) in “The Fitness Daze: A New Age of Wholeness in the Wellness World Frenzy.”

A holistic beauty expert takes you to her favorite healthy-living eateries, places and shops, plus shares her go-to all-natural products in “All’s Well” on page 100.

And two pros reveal simple ways to carve out a space dedicated to relaxation, meditation, and “you” time at home in “Space to Breathe: Try Yoga Studio Design at Home.”

For me, this year is about growth. It’s the intention I’ve set for myself (I no longer do resolutions). I look at every aspect of my life with this word in mind—meaning that in 2019 I’ll be striving to grow in my well-being, in my relationships and in my professional life, which translates to lots more for you to look forward to from the San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles team.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and growth-filled new year!

 January 2019 note from the editor

Wendy Manwarren Generes

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