Letter from Publisher
Feb 02, 2019 12:49PM
● By New Beginnings for Awaken Indy
Teona and Kim
Let’s welcome February, a month traditionally filled with a focus on our emotional and physical heart, from Valentine’s Day celebrations with loved ones to the observance of American Heart Month, raising awareness and encouraging people to live heart healthy lives.
In this issue, you’ll find articles and information to support your healthy heart, including our feature by Lisa Marshall, “Heart of a Woman, The Right Choices to Keep It Strong,” giving us a comprehensive look at risks, preventative measures and holistic therapies. Closer to home, our “Inspire Your Heart with Art” spotlight highlights programs and places in Indy that deliver on art and creativity—fun options for these wintry days.
This month’s cover is symbolic for us in sharing a major announcement with you. For many centuries, white doves have been emblems of peace, love and new beginnings. Now, it is with joyful hearts and a sense of deep peace that we welcome the transition of our Natural Awakenings Indy franchise to the new owner/publisher, Donna Kirk.
Donna has been a reader and fan of the magazine for several years, having first discovered it when living in Northern Kentucky, and again when she relocated to the Indy area two years ago with her husband and two daughters. A native Midwesterner, she began her career as a teacher, and was drawn to learn more about holistic health and wellness when faced with a personal health challenge several years ago. Her research led her to become a Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner in 2015, a published author, and a Reiki Master Practitioner in 2018.
We will be working together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition, with Donna taking the helm for the March edition. She is looking forward to kicking off this next phase of life with the Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. family, and I know she will do a great job expanding our message and footprint in the Indianapolis community. As Donna recently shared with me, “For years I’ve been called to publish a Natural Awakenings magazine and my dream has finally come true!"
When our family first became the owner/publishers of Natural Awakenings Indy in May of 2013, having assumed the role from the original publisher Nancy Caniff, it was with a very similar feeling of being called to take on this amazing opportunity. Lovingly and conscientiously publishing the magazine since then has been and will remain one of the most informed, honoring and life-changing chapters of my life.
We have a calm sense of joy and peace in transitioning the magazine to Donna’s open heart and spirit. As I shared with you last year, several family and life events pointed me in the direction of retiring from my full-time role as publisher. The next chapter will be filled with new opportunities for all of us, and for myself, a renewed focus on family, travel and charitable work.
We remain grateful to our many loyal readers, committed advertisers, contributors and friends who unfailingly support our message and mission to promote healthy lifestyles and a healthy planet.
With heartfelt thanks, here’s to peace, love and new beginnings,
Teona Wright, Publisher and Kim Miller, Associate Publisher