Making change – Editor’s Letter

Making change – Editor’s Letter – Editorial

Jenny Cook

I’ve never enjoyed the end-of-the-year hoopla that surrounds December 31, but I do like welcoming in the new year. I love the opportunity for a fresh start. I can close the door on uncompleted projects and unresolved struggles and throw myself into new plans to exercise, diet or clean up my office, knowing that this time I’ll follow through and reach my goals. Except that’s not how it works. Like most people, I’m off and running on the first of January, but after a week or two (or if I’m really lucky, three), my fresh start hits the resistance of my ingrained habits and comes to a standstill.

Considering the number of people who want to make healthy changes but can’t seem to lose those extra pounds or maintain a regular exercise program–or merely carve out 15 minutes of quiet time–I’m far from alone. Isn’t it ironic that change is the one constant in the world, and yet changing ourselves is so hard to do? For all of us who find ourselves in this predicament as the new year dawns, NATURAL HEALTH is taking a practical look at how to make positive modifications in our lives. What issues tend to keep us from succeeding, and how can we counter them? Turn to “New Year, Healthier You” on page 58 for the surprising answers. As a bonus, you’ll get a terrific meal plan from the fabulous Golden Door Spa, as well as a progressive exercise program that’s fun and inspiring.

Change also serves to connect us with other lives and other cultures. Small decisions we make can have a powerful effect on those whose life options are limited by circumstances. For example, one of your “new you” resolutions could be to enjoy the spirit-enriching and health-promoting benefits of tea, but what kind of tea should you purchase? The fair-trade movement, which is all about providing a living wage and improved conditions for workers in developing countries, has recently spread from coffee to tea plantations. All you have to do to lend your support is buy tea that carries the “fair trade” label; read more about this important movement in “Make a Fair Trade” on page 52.

You can also make a significant impact on the lives of artisans in far-flung corners of the world. A new generation of Web sites lets you visit international marketplaces without enduring a moment’s jet lag. Purchasing the distinctive arts and crafts offered at these sites helps sustain cultural traditions, expands your horizons, beautifies your home–and saves you money to boot. To “Live Like a World Traveler,” turn to page 74.

One more change, this one bittersweet: When I took on the challenge of relaunching NATURAL HEALTH, I wrote in my first Editor’s Letter that this was a dream job. It was and is. Yet opportunity can arise at the most unexpected times–and when a prospect offers a chance to be closer to home and family and to live a more balanced (read: healthier) life, it can’t be ignored. So I am moving on, though my commitment to the vision of NATURAL HEALTH is unchanged. The magazine remains in the hands of a most caring and capable creative team. I wish them and you a healthy and happy 2004–one that’s full of positive change.

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