July/August 2015 Publisher Letter

Happy Summer! This issue marks two years that I have been publishing Natural Awakenings Richmond. What a wonderful experience it has been meeting so many kind, generous and interesting people that are making a positive difference in RVA. It has been an honor serving the community and helping spread the word about natural health and wellness. I look forward to another great year, sharing national stories and local information and resources regarding healthy eating, green living, fitness, nutrition, holistic healing, wellness and more.

This issue features an article on “Food Democracy” that advocates for engaged, informed citizens gaining equal access to healthy food. “Veggie Nation Revolution” introduces the idea of a plant-based July 4th barbecue. Learning more about healthy alternatives, where our food comes from and how it is grown can help motivate us to buy more local, sustainably grown produce and food products. If you haven’t already, visit a local farmers’ market this weekend (click here for our 2015 Local Farmers’ Markets guide).

We have also included two articles on cycling in this issue. It’s an exciting time for biking enthusiasts in our area—the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships comes to RVA from September 19 to 27. Read about other great things happening in “Bicycle Fever Hitting RVA”.

I hope to start biking more this summer. My family and I are moving to the city and are excited to explore the biking and hiking trails along the James. It will be a bittersweet move. I have lived in my current home longer than anywhere else—16.5 years; I was pregnant with my oldest son, Davis, when we moved in. I will be sad to leave the memories, beautiful space and proximity to dear friends. At the same time, I am looking forward to it—change like this brings energy and excitement. It reminds me of this wonderful quote by Caroline Adams:

Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path... exactly where you are meant to be right now... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.


May you always find ways to enjoy the path you are on.

Happy Reading,

Jessica Coffey, Publisher

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