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news & views ● editorial By Erika Houvouras Spring L Forward adies and gentlemen, spring has sprung! Now, de- pending on where you reside, this may be a dra- matic meteorological affair, or a subtle slip from one mild season to the next. Some of you may be waiting with bated breath for the first signs of spring. When the icicles begin to melt and birdsong once again greets you in the morning, I would imagine you turn your face to the sun with hopeful optimism. I say “imagine” because I live in Florida. Living in Florida, the changing sea- sons seem a trivial matter-a slight transition from scorching hot to less warm to possibly chilly. The balance between green and brown in the landscape may make an inconse- quential shift. However, here is what I find interesting. Spring doesn’t seem to just exist as a climatic phenomenon. Where ever you live, whatever the changing seasons may look like on the out- side, inside each of us a change starts taking place with the ar- rival of spring. We open the windows to the breezes. We turn the music up a bit louder. We feel a pull to do some- thing, anything, that’s out of the norm. You know what I’m talking about. “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want-oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”—Mark Twain For me, springtime brings an undeniable desire to change my physical environment. I want new colors on walls, in gar- dens, in my closet. I crave the smell of fresh paint and bags of mulch. I have learned over the years that my interior ad- ventures always turn out more successfully than the exterior ones, but that doesn’t stop me. I just whisper little apologies to the flowers as I plant them (“Sorry, buddy, you may not sur- vive to see summer, but I’ll sure love you while you’re here!”). For many, springtime calls for real life changes. This is cer- tainly true for Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach. As her reign comes to an end and she passes the crown to a new ti- tleholder, a whole new world is opening up to her like a spring rose. When reading her interview, I was amazed by how fear- less and confident she is about stepping out into this new sea- son of her life. I hope you’ll look to her example and dare to step into your own adventure. Is there a place you’ve been aching to visit? Get there! Has a new career choice been tempting you? Go after it! Is there an organization or activ- 22 PAGEANTRY ity that you’ve been considering getting involved in? What’s stopping you? For my own part, after teaching freshman high school English for almost a decade, I’ve decided it’s time to do something different. I’m going to take over the school newspaper and teach journalism and college-level literature to upperclassmen. This is a challenge I’m excited to meet! As the colors of spring paint the landscape, some of us will take heed and decide to change our own look, as well. Of course, the pages of Pageantry magazine continue to offer you innovative ideas and reliable advice to make those changes with confidence. If you desire a subtle change (fake eyelashes to bat across a cafè table in the sunshine), just flip to our makeup tutorial for step-by-step instructions. Or you may be interested in flipping your hair with the wavy bob that our hairstyle expert walks you through creating. Are you in need of a more substantial lifestyle change? Our fitness feature will put you on track with exercise and nutritional guidelines to help you find a healthier springtime you. Are you seeking an even bolder alteration? Dr. Bergman lends his expertise and advice to those considering a change through breast enhancement. While we encourage you to make positive changes, we here at Pageantry are happy to lead by example. As we begin our 38th year as a leader of the Glamour Lifestyle industry, we are constantly looking for ways to offer more avenues for our advertisers and readers to connect. You’ll notice the larg- er images on our picture and editorial pages, offering you the opportunity to more easily see your smiling faces and contri- butions to the industry we all love. We also continue to strive to be as accessible as possible, through print, PageantryDigi- tal, social media (Facebook, Instagram @pageantry- magazine), and multimedia outlets. Our goal is to make sure you get it all with Pageantry through any platform you desire! Spring fever. It’s the one malady that you don’t want to cure. Instead, let’s turn up the heat this season by being more adventurous, more audacious, and more curious. If Mother Nature is willing to put it all out there for us every single year, who are we to be wallflowers? Ⅺ