October 2020 – Exclamation Points!

Finally! Kicking off Longhorn football season: Jo Ann Parish and Patti Parish-Kaminski. Hook ‘em!

Monumental Milestones

October – already?  It’s often commented on how quickly time passes as we get older, but this monumental year of 2020 has absolutely flown by! And yes, I’m one year older this month. With all that’s going on in our world, my mantra for this year’s birthday is quite simple:  55 and still alive!

I believe that celebrating milestones has become more important this year – more relevant. Personally, I’m more thankful than ever for the blessings we have, and I find myself taking more time to reflect on the positive – not only the big things, but the little things as well.  Whether it’s sharing the start of Longhorn football season with my mother, another birthday, decorating for the upcoming holidays, spending time with friends or even a great hair day, now is the time to cherish what we have and not lament about what we don’t have.

That feeling of gratitude became even more poignant to me as we were putting together this special issue highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve come so far – right here in our own community – with treating this horrible disease.  There are so many resources in Fort Bend, and I personally have had so many friends win this battle.  I’m thankful that right here in our own back yard, we can fight this disease and win.

Our cover story this month also focuses on winning: a winning combination.  Dr. Sarfraz Aly and Dr. Salman Aly have joined forces to create the path to aging gracefully with their new venture Allure Aesthetics Wellness and Anti-Aging Medical Spa. You may recognize Dr. Sarfraz Aly as he has been at the forefront for months now as the leading infectious disease specialist for Fort Bend during the COVID crisis. Drs. Aly have created Allure to provide both aesthetic and internal services to clients in a private, upscale environment.  Read about Allure on page 8.

As we celebrate our milestones this month – and yes, many celebrations will look different this year – I am reminded of the words of author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.  Tolle said, “Acknowledging the good that you have in life is the foundation for all abundance.”  I encourage you to embrace our season’s traditions, our milestones and acknowledge the good.  And remember, as we celebrate things differently, different doesn’t mean bad; it just means different.

Stay focused on the good, embrace the different and Happy Halloween to all of our little ghosts and goblins!