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Letter from Co-Publishers

Kendra & Jacqueline, Co-publishers

Nestled between breezy autumn and frosty winter, November invites us to reflect on gratitude. Adopting a practice of saying “Thank you” for all the big and little things has the effect of shifting negativity and attracting more positive energy into our lives. Try it—name out loud five or ten things you are grateful for in this moment. Maybe it’s for being alive another day, or noticing the stars, or the beauty of a full moon. Perhaps it’s the delight in watching the dance of a leaf falling to the earth. It may be gratitude for the support from a friend or a professional during a tough time. There are blessings to be discovered and acknowledged every day by observing what is happening around us.

Mindful, intentional gratitude is gaining momentum as a way to combat stress, heart disease, high blood pressure and anxiety. We’re learning that being grateful can balance lower frequency emotions such as anger and fear. By practicing gratitude, we feel an expanded sense of connection with others. The article by Ronica O’Hara, “Kids With Gratitude: Making Thankfulness Second Nature,” is based on emerging research that shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kick-start happiness and well-being, at any age.

Also In our pages this month, you’ll find important tips on maintaining a healthy thyroid and getting a good night’s sleep. Recently feeling fatigued, the support of a naturopath and functional nutritionist led to lifestyle and dietary changes that have had a profoundly positive impact on my well-being. I am exceedingly grateful that an imbalance was identified and for the opportunity to “begin again” with practices that resonate with my body. I feel 20 years younger!

Gratitude is a way of responding to our circumstances; it’s the story we tell ourselves about our life, reflecting the perspective that our cup is half full. Perhaps we’ll begin to practice gratitude every day—before we rise from bed and before we lay our heads down to sleep. Whether written in our personal journals or expressed to those who make a difference in our lives, thoughts of gratitude keep us feeling good, living simply and laughing more.


We’re grateful to each of you for being a part of our Natural Awakenings community – learning and growing together in health and wellness for the past seven years! Happy 7th Anniversary!

Jacqueline and Kendra

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