This is a difficult letter to write, as it will be my last to you as publisher of Natural Awakenings, D.C. For the past five years, I hope that I have been your support, companion and guide to health and balance, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. I am happy to say that this is not only an end but also a beginning. With the next issue, this monthly magazine will be in the very capable hands of a new owner. I will allow him to introduce himself to you, but in the meantime, I suggest that you trust me that the depth of coverage and the wide-range of topics covered in the magazine will be just as great.
Many of you knew from a previous letter that I had moved into a new vocation—serving as a local pastor with the United Methodist Church. For the past eight months, I have been doing double-duty—serving two small churches in northeast Pennsylvania while managing the magazine, with a very talented and capable staff. Further good news is that I will be staying on to help as an editor, and so will the rest of the team. My new vocation is one that has been building for decades and prior to my work with Natural Awakenings, I worked with religious nonprofits on Capitol Hill. My transition into the pulpit, serving and loving a new community, has been wonderful and I know that this next step in my journey was the correct one.
In my very first letter to you all, in March 2013, I wrote of my decision to start publishing Natural Awakenings, D.C. and my efforts in getting it launched. “I made the change and never looked back. The ride has been joyous. In recent months, I’ve traveled throughout the city meeting integrative doctors, yoga teachers, enlightened shop owners, organic grocers and many others that immediately supported the project. Many expressed the need for a community resource that brings together the best our city offers in terms of green businesses and healing practitioners that support conscious eating, creative relaxation, fitness, meditation and all things good and green. There is much more about our area awaiting our mutual discovery as we pour over these monthly pages together.”
That sentiment is as true today as it was then. The thriving healthy living community continues to expand and deepen. More and more businesses are looking to serve our region with fresh ideas and practices. In essence, the journey has just begun so I hope you will continue to read, enjoy and share the magazine, and all the good information that you glean from it.
To those friends and colleagues that were borne out of this endeavor, I thank you for your support and urge you to stay in touch. Your selfless wisdom and generous spirits have enabled me to grow, change and eventually, to soar.
So, enjoy this issue of Natural Awakenings, and the insightful articles on meditation and resilience this month. As always, there is a world of healing in these pages, and in the work of so many dedicated businesses and practitioners in the greater Washington, D.C. area. I wish you all Godspeed.