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Natural Awakenings Indianapolis

Letter from Publisher: New Beginnings

Apr 28, 2013 11:52PM ● By Teona Wright

Welcome spring and welcome to our third anniversary issue. Transition is underway as we reach this milestone, with Nancy Caniff, who brought Natural Awakenings to the Indianapolis market, entrusting her legacy to our family as the new owners. We are longtime fans of this nationwide family of magazines and I am honored to now be at the helm of this valuable go-to community resource for natural health and sustainable living.

We first met up with the magazine at a Whole Foods Market on a trip to Naples, Florida, home of CEO and founding publisher Sharon Bruckman’s flagship edition. It was perfect timing for us. Several family members, including me, were facing significant health issues that were prompting us to seek an increasingly integrative and holistic approach to healing. We were happy to discover that we were in good company, part of a growing community of people interested in living a naturally healthier lifestyle.

When the Indianapolis franchise became available, we instinctively knew that it would be part of our future. As Dr. Judith Orloff counsels in this month’s Inspiration department, it was a case of listening to our inner wisdom. We trusted the gut feeling signaling that we’d found a direction that not only was a great fit for us, but could improve our quality of life and that of thousands of others. “This is it!” we heard, and we’re glad we heeded the call.

At this year’s publishers’ conference in May we will again meet face-to-face with many of the amazing people that together with local readers, advertisers, contributors and distributors, help make this magazine possible. These folks walk their talk and are committed to effecting positive change in the world. Collectively we reach more than 3.5 million readers in more than 85 communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Yes, “It takes a village.” As your new local publishing family, our purpose and passion is to make a difference in the overall well-being of you and your family. We applaud Nancy and her husband Sean for putting a strong foundation in place and thank them for supporting us through the transition. My business partner, Kim Miller, will oversee sales, marketing and technology. Her children and my god-children will support production and provide a presence in the community in their various roles. You’ll see several of our names on the “contact us” list, and we invite you to reach out to us with your ideas, suggestions and referrals as we continue to grow and expand to serve you well.

We welcome all of you to this next chapter in the life of Natural Awakenings Indy!

Here’s to a great month of May,


Teona Wright, Publisher

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