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Letter from Publisher

Dear Awaken Indy Readers, This month, we celebrate Mother’s Day with our Women’s Health issue. This is a topic for all women, however—not just the ones who have birthed babies. Women tend to nurture, care for others around them, and fulfill others’ needs—which requires time and energy to replenish themselves and attend to their own needs.

Our May issue arrives with spring in the air and “Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life,” Marlaina Donato’s blissful feature on the importance of me-time. I can attest to women’s needs for self-care and me-time. My daughters are 11 months apart in age, born in Massachusetts at a time when I had no family, friends or support system to call upon. There were days early on that I didn’t eat all morning or afternoon; dinner was sometimes my first meal of the day. I remember being so tired, all day every day, yet instead of going straight to sleep I spent time reading, researching or pursuing something that I enjoyed. I listened to my inner voice that reminded me of who I was without my children. I believe self-care comes down to acknowledging and answering the inner voice that knows you best.

Jenn Willhite’s local article, “Take Time for You: Self-Care for Better Health and Well-Being,” is a guide to some local providers who can help anyone address self-care needs, from nutrition to energy work.

Both women and men will be encouraged by Randy Kambic’s interview with “Peter Sagal on Running Toward Mindfulness.” The popular National Public Radio host talks about healing a wounded psyche by unplugging and embracing the natural world—and you don’t have to run a marathon to do it.

There’s plenty more for readers to enjoy this month, including a much-needed primer on CBD oils for pet owners. And I invite you to attend Unity of Indianapolis’ screening of code blue, a documentary that “provides a common sense solution by featuring the practice of lifestyle medicine to prevent, manage and reverse chronic diseases.” It will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. and will be moderated by one of my favorite Indianapolis celebrities, Chef Wendell Fowler. Happy May!

Thank you,

Donna

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