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Letter from the Publisher

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Earlier today I had to answer the question, “What is your dream job?” My answer was, “I have it!”

I’ve been publisher of Natural Awakenings in Fairfield/Southwestern Litchfield Counties for more than four years. I love what I do. Sure, there are days when I’m frustrated, overtired or all talked out. Even those days are OK with me because I know what I do matters. My “work” is helping people change their lives, in whatever ways are meaningful to them. My job is to connect those in the community who need/want help with practitioners, businesses and products who can help them. To me there is nothing better than knowing I get to help change the world, one person and one decision at a time. I am a change agent, empowering individuals for the betterment of all.

That’s why I’m here, writing to you for the very first time. When the chance arose to take over the Hartford County edition from my friend and colleague Shawn Cole, I learned that I have more to give. I realized I love what I do enough to do even more of it! It is a tremendous opportunity to consider being of service to a new, vibrant community where I already know some people but look forward to reconnecting with and meeting many more. It will be a pleasure getting to know you in the coming weeks, months and years. Yes, I think long term. ☺

Please feel free to connect with me by email, phone, snail mail or carrier pigeon. You’ll be noticing some changes in the publication as we move forward; please be sure to let me know what you think as things evolve! Love it or hate it, I am interested in your opinion! Tell me what you like and don’t about Natural Awakenings so we can serve you better.

In this issue, we take a look at autism, which is still poorly understood by many personally unaffected by the epidemic. As Gabriella True, one of our stellar local contributors this month writes, “It matters that many people still believe autism is lifelong and not treatable, or not something some children can recover from.” The parents of children on the spectrum may be rarely—if ever—afforded the luxury of extended breaks from their child’s needs. Like every parent, the parents of non-typical children must be equal parts cheerleader, disciplinarian, teacher, nurturer, doctor and chauffeur. However, these parents know the roles they play may not change—or may change only slightly—as they and their children age. Recovery is possible for some, but every situation is unique and requires a tremendous amount of research, diligence and even activism on the parents’ part. These parents have my utmost respect and admiration. We hope the information in these pages provides education, inspiration, and hopeful ideas for those in need or just curious about how to better support a loved one or friend.

September is yoga month across the nation, so we’ve included an interview with Rodney Yee, one of the first yogis I appreciated and connected with via videotape (it was a long time ago!). He shares some insightful words on what it means to truly be on a yoga path.

There are many great events coming up this month across the region. Natural Awakenings will be at some of them and I look forward to meeting you there!

With love and light,

Nicole

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