Happy 2018!


Sharon Hilburn
Associate Publisher

I cannot believe that it is the New Year already.  So much happened in 2017 from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the community coming together to the excitement of the Astros winning the World Series.  Through it all, family, friends and community helped keep us grounded.  These are the relationships that enrich our lives. I have three sisters and one brother, all with families, as well as both of my parents, who all live in the Dallas area.  My three daughters and son and their families are scattered across the United States.  Alan’s sister and their family even flew in from London.  It was so wonderful to see everyone during the holidays and just spend time together celebrating Christ’s birth. I am truly blessed.

As we begin each year, many people set New Year’s Resolutions or goals that they want to achieve over the next twelve months.  Some actually succeed in implementing those resolutions, but many lose the determination to take the necessary steps on a daily basis to meet each milestone and achieve their goals.  This year, I encourage each of the amazing women of Fort Bend to really think about what you can do to be healthier, happier and uplift yourselves and others.  I share some of the ways you can ensure success in your goals and avoid life getting in the way of your success in New Year, New You! 20 Tips to a Healthy Lifestyle.  I hope this assists you in setting clear, measurable goals for 2018 that will ensure a lifetime of success.

absolutely! fit & fab is about celebrating women and what is important to us.  In this issue, we highlight Manika Yarger as a Fantastic Forty.  Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious.  She motivates both men and women daily as she teaches a variety of group fitness classes at multiple facilities in Fort Bend.  And, she loves purses.

As we juggle so many responsibilities for family, work and community, it is imperative that we contribute to ourselves and our healthy lifestyle.  Through good choices and sustainable success, we can motivate others.  And speaking of motivation, we are absolutely! motivated in 2018, and we are thrilled to share with our readers that absolutely! fit & fab is now being published six times this year!

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The new year is about investing.  Invest in yourself.  Invest in your families.  Invest in your Fort Bend community.  2018 is full of opportunities to be the best that you can be!  Embrace it!

Absolutely! yours,

Sharon Hilburn

Associate Publisher