Northeast Wisconsin
July 2014

July 2014

Happy Independence Day!

This month marks our nation’s 238th birthday. It’s not a nice, neatly numbered anniversary like the 200th or 250th, to be sure — but it is an important one. Those 238 years show that Americans are still dedicated to pursuing and protecting freedom, whatever that might mean to them individually and as a nation.

For some, freedom means the ability to make a living doing what they love, perhaps by sharing with others not only the physical, but the spiritual and psychological benefits of yoga. For others, it’s the right to say what they really think or to make sure everyone has the information they need to make informed choices (we here at Nature’s Pathways are pretty partial to this one, we’ll admit). And for others still, it’s the simple opportunity to live a healthy, happy life, enjoying the company of friends and family.

What are the freedoms you hold most dear? What do you fight for in your life?

Perhaps you believe it is of the utmost importance to enjoy unspoiled, untainted natural resources. Jennifer Semrau of Winnebago County Solid Waste offers information on how you can help protect the environment by using “Household alternatives to hazardous materials.” Meanwhile, Outagamie County is celebrating caring for the earth with an upcoming near-zero-waste festival. Learn more in Tani Grimh’s article, “Sustainability message is music to the ears.”

If you’re a mom-to-be, you might be pursuing the freedom to create a birth plan that works best for you and your baby. Thanks Givings Doula Services’ Chelsie Towns offers valuable information in her second “Choices in Childbirth” article, while Mother’s Advocate Doula Services’ Mary Smits offers “Freedom from birth myths.”

Some people crave freedom from the daily 9-to-5 grind. Lisa Jermain offers insight into how network marketing can help in “Thinking outside the cubicle.”

This July, take some time to reflect on those opportunities you wouldn’t want to live without and do your part to keep freedom alive.

Wishing you good health in all respects,

The Nature’s Pathways Team

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