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July 2017

July 2017

Fireworks represent celebration. I’ve seen them at weddings, lavish birthday parties and, of course, in commemoration of Independence Day. There’s a reason “ooh” and “ahh” are synonymous. Big, bright and loud is bound to garner attention and respect, and that’s exactly what they do. Who isn’t at least a little impressed with the beautiful bursts reserved for warm summer evenings?

Our July cover featuring Island Lavender Company — the fun animation, bright colors and fireworks — screams happiness and festivity. And that’s exactly what it feels like too.

Summer tends to be the season it’s easiest to revert back to feeling carefree and childlike. Swimming pools, camping, fairs and festivals, ice cream trucks (yes, they still exist!), and family vacations abound. These activities and the great weather help take our minds off the hard stuff, the adult side of things. They remind us of our childhood summers and although we likely didn’t know it at the time, spending time concentrating on our happiness.

Focusing on emotional health and self-care is equally significant as adults, but we must be mindful of the process. On page 14, Nicole Wettemann discusses how it is natural to want to avoid going through transitions, but that it may be just what we need to move forward.

Going through obstacles and growing older is inevitable, but losing a sense of wonderment doesn’t have to be. So when you’re watching fireworks this month, think about when you saw them for the first time: take a moment to gaze in admiration and appreciation.

Extreme weather is seldom fun for anyone. Although people often have the means to escape inclement weather, animals are at the mercy of their caregivers. Protecting animals during extreme weather is not restricted to domesticated pets. Those who have livestock on their properties must recognize that these animals will need…
If you are looking for a supplement to land-based physical or occupational therapy, dipping your toes into an aquatic therapy program might be something to consider. Aquatic therapy refers to exercises that are completed in the water and are generally designed to help improve balance, strength and mobility. Many find…
The potential health benefits of turmeric supplements make this one of the most talked about herbs within the natural health community. In fact, what many of us already knew about turmeric (curcuma longa) is finally being backed with scientific research. New clinical tests are revealing fresh insight into what makes…
Volunteering is an unselfish activity where an individual or group of people provide service for no financial gain. Volunteering can also be an opportunity to develop a skill or improve one’s quality of life. Yet, what truly motivates someone to volunteer? Why do people give their time, money and talent…
As an instructor in the aerial arts I notice a big reoccurring issue with women entering the sport. A woman will finally get up the courage to try pole or silks and after her first class she says, “I’m just not good at it.” And my head explodes. Why is…
Beat the summer heat with vibrant, vivid herbal teas and refreshments! You can keep cool all summer long using fresh or dried herbs and water. Many delicious combinations can easily be made in the home kitchen. Growing a few of your favorite herbs and edible flowers will make these recipes…
Children in North America will spend, on average, more than 900 hours attending school in a given year. The average school year in the United States lasts 1,016 hours, the equivalent of 42 continuous days. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, many developed countries begin their academic…
Do you ever feel that you are simply “stuck” in your workouts? Maybe you’ve been focusing on losing 15 pounds and you saw results in the first couple of weeks, but now you’ve sort of leveled out. Or perhaps you are training for a competitive event in a few months,…
My business is about helping people stay healthy even as they age. I have concluded from my own experience that there are just three things that cause most of the health problems that we acquire, if we are born healthy: What you eat How much you move How you think…
Are you finding yourself in the midst of transition? That uncomfortable void where one thing has ended and the new has not yet begun? Transitions are often preceded by loss. It could be the loss of a loved one through a passing, the end of a love relationship or the…
Paddleboarding, which involves participants standing on a paddleboard or surfboard and using their arms to paddle through the ocean, is an increasingly popular recreational activity. Often seen as a relaxing way to spend a peaceful day on the water, paddleboarding might provide some hidden health benefits. The following are just…
Turns out our mothers were right: “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Tell me if this has happened to you. You are leaving for an appointment or an errand and the papers or items you need to bring are nowhere to be found. Maybe you’ve lost track…
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