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Can you believe this year is at the halfway point? It seems like only a few weeks ago we were raising glasses to the start of 2019. Time flies when you’re having fun; and I must admit I’m having the time of my life this year. Spring was exceptional, with cool mornings and balmy nights. While it’s still too cool for a dip in the ocean, the ocean breezes make horseback riding on Flagler Beach divine. Taking time for self-care has expanded from eating well and working out, to doing things that bring me bliss. I hope you’re also making time to do things that bring joy into your life.
Welcome to our May edition, emphasizing women’s health, self-care and mindfulness. My wish for all of you, dear readers, is to develop a self-care routine that honors your mind, body and spirit. Both women and men will benefit from our feature article “Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life.” Start each day with a small dose of me-time, take short me-breaks during your day, and feel the return to balance between caring for others and yourself.
Welcome to April and our annual celebration of Earth Day, a rite of spring that marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement on April 22, 1970. Much of this edition will remind us that sustainability isn’t a vague, esoteric concept, but a critical factor in our very survival. The Earth Day Network has chosen to focus this year’s campaign on protection of species to raise awareness of the crucial roles that plants and animals play in the ecosystem and the current threats faced by many of them. This web of life is inextricably woven into the habitats that form our planet’s life support system. Each link in the chain that is lost or broken—from the smallest microbe to the largest mammal—will have a profound effect on future generations.
Spring. It’s glory touches us in so many ways. Our most perfect weather days are here to savor for a short season. Windows fly open to welcome in sunshine and fresh air. Nights are crisp, yet balmy. Mornings welcome us with the sights and sounds of new life. All of nature is beckoning us outside. Trees and shrubs have tender sprouts and baby leaves. Unseen miracles are happening everywhere; eggs are hatching, forest animals are nursing their young, and insects are buzzing happily about. I’ve started practicing morning gratitude outdoors with my coffee to immerse in the splendor of this magical season.
February is in the air! Just thinking about the season of love gives my spirit a lift. Delectable chocolates, fresh flowers, and loving kindness will be spread throughout the land on Valentine’s Day, and I look forward to relishing in all the good juju that’s being generated in honor of this holiday.
Every brand-new year is like a 12-chapter book of blank pages, a continuation of our life’s story waiting to unfold. The newness of each year beckons us to make resolutions, decisions and changes in our life’s path. How will we make decisions with confidence and then manifest the things we intend for this year?
It’s the season for peace and joy, but sometimes it feels like the season of frantic and frazzled. It’s so easy to get swept into the constantly turning holiday wheel, with events several nights each week, making plans and lists, entertaining family and friends, shopping, cooking and taking care of everyone except yourself. Perhaps your holiday plans require traveling to faraway places, through busy airports or on crowded highways, luggage bulging with gifts. The expectations upon us can be overwhelming.
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. ~Ralph H. Blum

Let’s all make it our chief mission to get through this holiday season feeling blissful and energized instead of stressed and frazzled. It’s simple, really. Immerse yourself in gratitude. I love setting aside November to practice gratitude. What better way to prepare for the season of giving than to focus attention on the countless ways we’ve been blessed.

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.
I hope your summer was filled with exciting adventures and some much needed rest and relaxation. Does the arrival of September bring changes to your routine? Whether it’s back to school, back to work, or simply putting white shoes and purses away until May, you’re going to feel an energy shift this month. The Autumn equinox on Sept 22 marks the official transition from summer to fall. As the sun crosses the celestial equator, the seasonal wheel turns. Days will begin to shorten
August will forever remind me of harvest time, the culmination of an investment of energy, effort and faith. Growing up in the northeast, autumn was a time of reckoning for farmers, co-creators with the earth, and
the natural world. The entire process of farming, from preparing the soil and planting seeds to harvesting parallels our
existence.
The sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now recognized from July 3 to August 11. A period marked by lethargy, inactivity or indolence. Source: Dictionary.com

Welcome to the dog days of summer. Perhaps like me, you’ve used this phrase for years without knowing the origin or meaning behind it? The dog star rising with the sun during the hottest time of the year makes dog days a fitting name for July. Dogs seem to agree, as my standard poodle perfectly demonstrates lethargy and inactivity once the sun is high in the sky. My horses are no fonder of exercising in this heat. Early morning and full moon rides seem the only humane time for a ride

In honor of Father’s Day, let’s celebrate the men in our lives along with their yang energy. Thankfully, I was blessed with a dad full of yang. Active, energetic, fast moving and outgoing, he was a driving force in every situation.  His lessons were subtle and spiked with humor. His wisdom fueled by wit. He was patient and kind with me through every stage while I was growing up. Even when I missed a turn and sailed his Buick over a steep embankment he didn’t lose his cool.
Can you believe we’re nearing the halfway mark of 2018? Time moves quickly in our fast-paced world, but this year seems speedier than usual. I’ve been loving this deliciously mild spring, with its May flowers and gentle breezes. The longer days make it easy to get lost in nature. Soon the sun will show its summer face; and, with it, pesky insects and scorching rays will be the norm. Enjoy as much outdoor time as possible this month, before the heat is on.
“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” —Sitting Bull Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”

—Ancient Indian Proverb

Spring, glorious spring. The very name of this season suggests it’s time to shake things up, make a fresh start, release things that no longer serve us, and get growing! Even the birds seem to chirp with more gusto during this celebrated season. During these next few months, as nature makes its grand entrance, transforming our world with rebirth, we’re more able to keenly feel the positive effects on our mood and motivation. Spend some time in nature and see if you feel more hopeful and inspired about the possibilities for March and beyond.
As we all step into February, still clinging to those New Year resolutions, holding fast to our lovely holiday feelings and beginning the journey into 2018, you might find yourself thinking about love, sweet love. Isn’t that what February is all about? There is so much emphasis on romantic love, chocolate, roses and heart shaped candy, that if you’re single you may feel out of the mainstream.
A brand new year is like a clean slate. It’s an opportunity to take what we’ve learned from the past and do better in the future. On the heels of the gift giving season, positive changes are a gift to yourself that only you can give, and receive.  Do you make resolutions at the beginning of each New Year? If so, how long does your resolve last? Does it stay strong all year long, or over time, does your dedication slowly wither out? If you fall into the latter category, don’t beat yourself up too much; it’s very common for resolutions to fall flat.