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Welcome to Our September Issue

Amy Stevenson, Publisher

Amy Stevenson, Publisher

As we enter into September, I can’t help but think that this summer has gone by too quickly. Every year I am surprised at how fast time is going, and I wish it could just stop sometimes—especially during those really good moments.

I was able to have a few of those moments this summer when I took a vacation to the East Coast to see the lighthouses and to enjoy the Fourth of July on Cape Cod. It was an amazing trip, and I was able to reset myself and truly enjoy a vacation.

During that time, I started thinking about my life and how I wasn’t getting any younger. When I was little, I told myself that I would live to be 100 years old. I think it was from hearing George Burns talk about his 100th birthday so much, I am not sure, but 100 sounded like a wonderful, magical number to me. But one thing the years teach us is that we are all gifted with a certain amount of time. I have had friends that were given only their teenage years, some have passed in their 20s or 30s, and some now are nearing the end of their time here.

As I rested on the Cape, a list slowly formed in my head of the many things I have been going to do “in the future” to really enjoy and get the most out of life. And with the future not guaranteed for anyone, I realized that “in the future” was a phrase I was going to have to stop using.

Putting this month’s issue together, I am struck with how relevant its content is to my recent epiphany. This issue reminds us that when it comes to aging, the future isn’t something we deal with when it gets here: How we live today determines the quality of life we will have tomorrow.

This month we explore “The Art and Science of Graceful Aging,” written by Dr. Cory Schultz, on page 12. He explains how stress, exercise and sleep all play important roles in keeping us young, and he also gives tips on how to make the aging process more graceful.

Deborah Shouse discusses “Aging with Passion and Purpose” on page 14, in which she talks about understanding your shelf life. She has some interesting tips that remind us that growing older can be a good thing.

As I look toward my older years, I am fortunate that I have a perfect role model in my mom. This summer she celebrated 81 orbits around our sun, and she is in great health. She exercises every day and eats a very healthy diet. She still works at the elementary school, even though she is retired. She says that she wants to work as long as she feels good and is able. A living example of “age is just a number”, she is difficult to keep up with.

Being a firm believer in music’s ability to keep us young, I would love to meet you at the Rock the Green event on September 9 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Natural Awakenings Chicago Western Suburbs is one of the proud sponsors of this event, and I plan on dancing the day away with their awesome lineup of live bands and checking out all of the wonderful things the vendors have to offer. I would love it if you introduced yourself!

Until then, it is my hope that you enjoy this month’s issue filled with wonderful, sage advice and wisdom. That’s what getting older brings, and I am looking forward to living each day for a healthy tomorrow.

Wishing you a peaceful September,

Amy Stevenson, Publisher

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