October 2018 Publisher Letter

I love autumn for the way it illustrates beauty within change. This shortest of seasons is a transitional period, offering time to renew and define what you want to embrace and expand, and what you’re going to let fade away like a summer tan. October is our month to center and ground before the bustle of the holiday season sweeps us toward a new year. Take extra time to meditate or simply enjoy your own company. Start practicing the recipes you save for this festive time of year. Creating in the kitchen is one of my favorite ways to enjoy being alone. It’s also time to embrace pumpkin-inspired dishes, because they’re everywhere! It’s been years since I’ve experienced a “classic” autumn complete with trees of red and gold framed by azure skies, birds aligned in v-formations heading south, chilly nights and misty mornings. My favorite colors are in October, when leaves demonstrate aging with magnificent grace. Autumn in Central Florida is a continuation of summer, with hot sunny days made steamy by afternoon thunderstorms. Leaves remain green, and it will be spring before they fall to the ground. While perennial summer is one reason I
love our corner of the world, fond memories of autumn in the northeast are nudging me to take a scenic trip.

There’s so much to see and do in Volusia and Flagler this month. Our calendar has grown as many businesses have expanded classes and added new events. Mark your
calendar and join us at Atlantic Center for the Arts on October 13 for the opportunity to meet many of our wellness partners in person. This free event promises lots of family fun, plus the opportunity to sample products and speak directly with health professionals. I’ll see you at the Natural Awakenings Welcome Station in the outdoor pavilion. Receive a free gift for attending and register to win valuable gifts. Complete details are on pages 12 and 13. We’re inspired by ACA’s commitment to Arts & Wellness and are proud to sponsor this annual event.

Whether you take a trip up north to experience October in all its splendor, or welcome fall by staying close to home—or maybe a little of both—I hope you take the time
to really savor the moments of this majestic season.

Please enjoy this month’s edition of Natural Awakenings, lovingly produced and packed full of information to support your journey to optimum health and wellness.