Letter From the Publisher

It’s official—we’re entering the holiday season and there are only two months to go before the New Year! Publishing a monthly magazine has made us much more aware of the passage of time and upcoming events as much of the content of each issue is designed to prepare you for what lies ahead.

For many, the holidays are a time to reconnect with family and friends as well as creating or strengthening traditions. As the New Year approaches, many will also reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead. This makes for a great opportunity to sit back and really think and feel deeply about your experiences. Ask yourself the hard questions: Is your life everything you want it to be? Have you longed to try something different or accomplish something new? Do you feel loved and have the connections you need?

If you have any of these thoughts or feelings, you’ve got the essential beginnings of change. Wanting change comes first, then comes the planning and execution of that change. Our feature article “Powerful You – 6 Ways to Create the Life You Want” (page 12) explores six areas of life that people often want to change and provides tips on how to get started in each. As we previewed the article, the two areas that stood out were Emotional and Physical Health. These are so fundamentally intertwined that without one, it seems impossible to achieve the other. And if these two areas aren’t healthy first, all other change is likely to be much more difficult.

If you are looking to make changes in any of these areas, we encourage you to seek out the assistance of local professionals who specialize in guiding and coaching for these changes. Providers like Holistic, Creativity, Life and Performance Coaches are trained to help you set attainable goals, suggest techniques and actions needed to get there and hold you accountable to your progress. Spiritual Counselors and Therapists also have tools to help address emotional healing and change. You’ll see many of these providers in Natural Awakenings each month and they are just a phone call away (page 30 & 31). We know their value as we’ve worked with many of them through changes in our lives.

Thinking toward the holidays with the holistic gift-giver in mind, “Eco-Beauty” (page 16) is a great article with a gift-making guide for healthy home, body and bath items. We’ve had personal experience customizing and making wonderful items using common, low-cost and natural ingredients. These are great stocking stuffers, are fun to make and are healthy alternatives to most packaged products.

Wherever your November holiday plans may take you, we wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thankfully Yours,

Ela and Shawn



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