FUSE47 — Summer days!

It’s that time of year again

I don’t know why every year I’m surprised at how fast another one has passed. It doesn’t help that Christmas decorations came out in some stores as early as September, but there you go. I find Christmas is both wonderful and sparkly (I especially like the sparkly part) and often stressful. My workload goes pretty much thought the roof and I feel like I need a PA just to keep up with my crazy schedule. It’s easy to become overwhelmed if I forget to stop occasionally and reflect (which I often do) on what this time of year really means to me and what’s important.

As a nation, we have greater levels of wealth, health and material possessions than ever in our history. Yet we are recording our highest levels of depression and anxiety. Polls report increased feelings of hopelessness, and lower levels of contentment and a sense of wellbeing. This is often exacerbated over the Christmas period. Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as the ‘Happiness Trap’. Recent research suggests that many of us get caught in a vicious cycle in which the more we strive for happiness, the more it eludes us.

Christmas can be a time filled with joy, but like anything else it has it’s imperfections and pitfalls. Knowing this can help you navigate through it safely and with less expectations if at the end of the day it doesn’t look like a scene from an American movie.

In a special feature by Julia O’Boyle, we have a closer look at Christmas and suggest ways that you can feel happier, more content and less stressed than in previous years. p31.

I think what I love the most about this time of year are those long warm days when I hear the beach calling my name. On that first day when I pull my swimmers out from the bottom of the draw and a few grains of sand fall to the floor from the year before, I always smile; knowing that summer has just started.

In the spirit of summer days and trips to the beach, FUSE fashionista and money guru Scott Malcolm had the arduous task of having to interview the very lovely and amazingly hot ex-rugby league player Casey Conway, in his swimmers — poor Scott. Casey is a swimwear model for Sluggers (yes there are photos) and in our interview he shares his thoughts on being an Aboriginal gay boy from the country and his life in the world of modelling. p23.

So as not to leave out our female readers, FUSE also tracked down a group of passionate Miami girls that have created a special line of swim and sports wear for women that don’t fit into the binary-norm. Their line of summer clothing caters for all different shapes and sizes, including stuff especially designed for tomboys and transgendered people. p34. Oh and a big thanks to our cover photographer Russell Fleming.

FUSE47 : Let the sunshine in (Boy Cover)

FUSE47 : Let the sunshine in (Girl Cover)

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