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What Does “Best Self” Mean?

What Does “Best Self” Mean?

"Be your best self" on napkin beside a pen and coffee mug.
Sherri Adair
Sherri Adair

When Best Self Atlanta launched a decade ago, I would tell people, “I’m starting a new magazine and it’s going to be called Best Self.” It was amazing to me to hear them say, “What does that mean?”

Fast forward 10 years to today, you’ll often hear the everyday person talk about being their best self and living their best life. These concepts are used in casual conversation, marketing, movies (think “Silver Linings Playbook”), and beyond.

What does it really mean to be your best self or live your best life, though? It is not a static thing. It is an active journey that involves self-care, self-love, and constant learning. It is an ability to find your personal light when everything around you seems dark, all while helping to lift up others as you go along your journey.

“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” —Anonymous

When I reflect on the last 10 years, I am most proud of the community of like-minded Atlantans who have organically connected, supported, and celebrated each other as a result of Best Self Atlanta. The goal of this magazine is to showcase the powerful inner beauty within all of us and to inspire others.

I am proud that our pages have served to lift up those who have embarked on the journey to become their best selves. And I’m appreciative of the people who are paving the way for others to do so too.

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Sherri Adair, Publisher

My Best List

Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 5.26.39 PMCasi Cielo — This new spot is a total treasure in Sandy Springs and we were lucky enough to host our 2019 Over 40 & Fabulous! Cover Reveal Party there. The restaurant’s high-quality, authentic artisan Mexican cuisine is an experience you don’t want to miss. A must-try is the delicious La Llorona margarita. It is made with Patrón Reposado, jalapeño juice, agave, lime juice, and homemade chile powder on the rim.

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Marcello’s Pizzeria•Trattoria•Drinks — This longtime Buckhead gem moved to a new location (still in the Tuxedo Festival shopping center) a few years ago. Its expanded space features Old-World décor, a cozy bar, and an inviting atmosphere. If you haven’t been, you need to go to the family-run Marcello’s for delicious bona fide Italian fare. The Greek salad and meatballs are my favorite menu items.

Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 5.26.57 PMOn Cloud shoes — These are the most comfortable athletic shoes I have ever put on my feet. You can easily slip them on and they are light as a feather. Check them out at abbadabba’s.

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