Every year when May makes its welcomed return to our calendars, we can’t help but sing the line from The Temptations’ “My Girl” that goes, “When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.”

This month brings with it an abundance of joy—bright blue skies, a rainbow of flowers and, of course, the celebration of mothers on May 12. In this issue, we not only celebrate mothers but we also highlight all the wonderful women in our community—extremely successful, influential and real rock stars in their careers. The following pages are filled with stories to inspire us all to appreciate the women in our lives and to strengthen the connection we have with our mothers, sisters, friends and daughters. From self-defense tips and a perfect bridal shower guide to behind the scenes of the CMA Foundation and profiles of several Brentwood women making a difference, the Women’s issue serves to recognize the powerful role women have in our community and beyond. (And don’t worry, gentlemen; you’ll have your moment—stay tuned.)

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” For those times you find yourself in hot water, we’ve asked local experts for their best advice for playing it cool.

So, to the women of Brentwood—may you find a quiet moment (or two) to enjoy this issue we’ve lovingly dedicated to you.

See you around!