Wellness is hard to pin down. Every person has a different approach to their overall health—from prioritizing food or fitness to weekly visits to a therapist or chiropractor—that suits their goals and lifestyle. As an active young person, I’m privileged to not have to put much thought into doctor’s appointments or pill minders. But I do spend time considering my mental wellness and the health of my family members and neighbors, especially as the holidays come to a close and we all cozy up in our own little nooks of the world.
In this our Wellness, Beauty and Style issue, I recognize that not every article will be for you, but it will be for someone in your community. Having the knowledge and empathy to relate to another’s passions, hardships and successes is, I think, an important part of our own wellness. I feel excited to share this enlightening issue with you (a year after I wrote my first Editor’s Letter for this publication!) and continue to share the community-focused, informative pieces that I know area readers value.
Within these pages are stories of meaningful change—a mother supporting other new mothers (page 16), a couple saving a historic church building (page 22), an initiative to bring art to children with life-limiting illnesses (page 28)—alongside introductions to enterprises new and old. And because many of us will reconsider our own health practices in the new year, writer Emily Gedde connected with local nutritionist Amber Hanson of Whole You Nutrition to discuss healthy and filling meals and ingredients to boost our mood. Don’t miss her yummy and inventive recipes on page 36.
You are deserving of so much joy this year and every year. Find it and share it.
Until next time.