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Natural Awakenings San Diego

Letter from marketing consultant

"I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way." — Carl Sandburg

Endings. Change. The unknown. What is it about these things that, in some, incites fear? At the same time, in others, the seeds of hope and expansion?
    The point with which I started today’s official ending happened longer before, but let’s start with May 2015. In the same week, I ended a lot—a marriage of 10 years, graduate school, and living in a small city in Arizona. With my one-year-old son and three-year-old daughter in tow, I moved from Tucson to Mesa, not knowing what I was going to do next or what was going to happen. What I did know is that it had to be better than what I’d just been through.
    As a career English teacher, it was easy for me to transfer to another school and I was especially eager to end the early days of my career and put them far behind me. Faced with this new ending, I went inward and prayed. At my local natural food store, I picked up my first issue of Natural Awakenings and made a decision. I would consciously end the enduring pain I felt. I spent the summer ending my anger, frustration, sadness, and all the other negative emotions that come along with major change—especially fear. By the end of the summer, with newfound knowledge gained from the articles I read, I started a new focus—beginning. I began eating healthier, exercising more effectively, and deepening my spiritual practices while learning about plant medicine, acupressure, qigong, healthy parenting, and more. I grew more positive about the life I could lead, with every monthly issue of Natural Awakenings in hand.
    Here, in May 2020, I am with you, experiencing today’s official ending. Just before this writing, I cleaned out my classroom, turned off the lights, closed the door, and said goodbye to a career that I poured every fiber of my being into for over a decade.
    Again, at this time, it is important to focus on not what is ending but beginning. Answering the higher calling to respond to the Natural Awakenings San Diego ad I saw in my local edition, I am now the magazine’s Marketing Consultant. Little did I know this publication that had helped transform my life—with a team that is loveable, hardworking and supportive—would play such an integral role in my fresh new start.
    Just as it has been with my hundreds of students over the years, I look forward to this new beginning with you, my new Natural Awakenings family. I look forward to connecting with you, our dear readers and advertisers, and forming wonderful, long lasting relationships. I am eager to discover all the exciting ways I can help foster meaningful change while leaving a positive impact on the San Diego scene.
    Just as a forest fire makes way for fresh growth, what is no longer needed is falling away from our lives. I call on all of us to look within and focus on what is beginning in the midst of this crisis. None of us know where we are going, but we’re on our way.
With deepest gratitude,

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