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Letter from the Publisher

It’s a bittersweet time as I prepare to hand over the reins of this wonderful magazine to its new owners, Jody Janati and Candi Broeffle. I met them in October at Your Shining Life Expo. They are both so excited to begin their journey with Natural Awakenings. Next month, they will introduce themselves to you.

In the summer of 2016 I decided to put this franchise up for sale. It was not an easy decision to make as I love Natural Awakenings—the company, the readers, the advertisers, the uplifting and supportive community, the keepers of the Earth, the protectors of those without a voice, the positivity of the magazine—and I love being a publisher. But I didn’t love doing sales and came to the realization that the stress of dealing with that aspect of the business was more than I wanted in my life.

Fortunately, I was in a good space. There wasn’t an urgency or desperation to sell. I could take my time and find the right buyer to usher my baby past its angst-ridden teenage years into adulthood. So, here we are.

What’s next? Most immediately, I’ll stay involved with Natural Awakenings for a few months as I help Candi and Jody learn the ropes, and I’ll devote more time to my passion project, Letters & Journals ( Then, we’ll see.

I’ve learned so much from the people I’ve met through the magazine—readers and advertisers, my Natural Awakenings family and the holistic community. I’ve met many new friends and had experiences I couldn’t have imagined in my life before. I’ve been so fortunate on this journey to have my husband, Joe, with me every step of the way—from buying the magazine, to running the magazine and then making the decision to sell the magazine. Thank you!

With Natural Awakenings I’ve always felt on the forefront of things to come as what the magazine is all about becomes not only more mainstream, but also more the accepted and preferred way to live: organic and sustainable farming; integrative and functional medicine; food as medicine; the interconnectedness of all; the sacredness of everyday living; the living planet; the value of all life; honoring ourselves for who we are and where we are in this moment. My heart is full.

Thank you to those individuals and businesses sharing their services, products and very presence within the pages of this magazine, helping to bring it to life each month; thank you to all those sharing leading edge information via the printed word; and thank you to the ever-expanding and faithful readership, the very purpose for which Natural Awakenings in our community exists. From my heart to yours,

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