November/December 2014 Publisher Letter

Ahhh—the holiday season is upon us. I always look forward to this time of year. The shorter days and longer nights call me to some much-needed inner reflection and contemplation, while the usual festivities keep me feeling uplifted and joyful. All of my senses are treated at this time of year—there’s the smell of fresh pine and baked goods, the sound of holiday favorites on the radio, the feel of warm flannel pjs and fresh-packed snow, the sight of twinkly lights, the taste of cinnamon and nutmeg… What delights your senses during the holiday season?

I also enjoy the traditions—annual gatherings with family and friends that help give true meaning to this season of giving. Here in Richmond, holiday traditions abound. In the article, RVA Wintertime Traditions Offer Magic for Many, you can be reminded of one of your favorites or find a new tradition to begin.

Regardless of how you celebrate, may your season be full of love and light and may you find ways to slow down a little, enjoy the present moment and consider all you have to be thankful for. And when it comes to holiday gifts, Owen Arnold’s Christmas Gift Suggestions offers a beautiful list of ideas that won’t cost you a penny:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

In the spirit of giving, Natural Awakenings Richmond has been donating an ad for a local charity in each issue for the past year. Most of the ads have been selected by raffle winners at our Networking Nights. This issue’s ad is for FeedMore. Past ads have been for First Touch Sports, Vitamin Angels, Tricycle Gardens, Habitat for Humanity and Speak Up. We truly believe in the spirit of giving back to this wonderful community.

May you always be inspired to feel good, live simply and laugh more.

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays,

Jessica Coffey Natural Awakenings Magazine Richmond Publisher

Jessica Coffey, Publisher

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