Issue 02 | June 2016
A Welcome Note
Rachel Kieffer said a phrase during our interview for the Making A Difference story that has echoed in my mind since the words rolled off her tongue. “If I really love myself, would I do that?” I have a choice.
Our stories have great power. The wide range of voices shared within the pages of Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine are the spice, the life, of this magazine. We all have stories. It is the breath we exhale; the next moment is what we inhale.
Our experiences, and the dreams we hold dear within, crave to be shared, not just heard. This month Reba Linker shares with a hot mug of tea.
Kat Tozier helps us understand the healing power of yoga and creative ways to be productive in the office. Both Natasha Botkin and Lore Raymond share stories from their childhood.
I shall spend this rainy day tidying up my article on the Health Nut Girl, editing my web of words in the other articles I’ve written, and continue to count my blessings for the wonderful people who are supporting me on this adventure
as a publisher.
We tell the tales to help, inspire, warn, teach, and reminisce. So if you are tempted, yet hesitant to click the submit button, my only advice to you is: follow your intuition. Allow the story to lead you where it needs to take you. When you do this, it will not only help you, it will inspire others. Isn’t that why we write? Because, you know, rain happens.
Publisher & Editor
Cynthia (C.K.) Kochis
On the Cover
Making a Difference
One Healthy Choice at a Time with Rachel Kieffer
When do women place themselves on their priority list? Is there a love of self? What are the feelings women have about body-image? These are the three common concerns Rachel Kieffer, certified holistic nutrition and health coach, hears from women all over the world.
I am blessed to call Rachel a dear friend. I have been following her, the Health Nut Girl, on social media for years. She is part of the reason I registered with the…
Professional Insights & Personal Stories of Transformation
“There's a lot of times, that if our creativity is not expressed and if our talents are not used, we are going to go to food to compensate.” - Rachel Kieffer When do women place themselves on their priority list? Is there a love of self? What are the feelings women...
Moment of Zen
In Her Words...
Listen to Rachel’s story from her youth and how she immersed herself into the world of helping people through nutrition and educating customers in her parent’s store.
Learn helpful information about her 7-day cleanse, how flexible it is to follow. Which common threads she sees in women all around the world.
Rachel shares why she enjoys going to the farmer’s markets and open markets. She offers her recommendations for making a green smoothie.
“…because when you are motivated by self love, there’s nothing you wouldn’t do to take care of yourself. There’s no effort you wouldn’t take.” -Rachel Kieffer
“It just doesn’t make sense to me to do several things in a mediocre way, wear yourself out and do nothing excellently.” -Katt Tozier
The sun will set tonight and I will know I’ve done my best.
My story doesn’t end on this page. Tomorrow is a new gift for me to explore, and I have June’s issue to plan. I started the leg-work of creating a unique newsletter in March, and was inspired to create a digital magazine. Fear won a couple of months ago; not in May. Tonight I am sitting in a recliner with my laptop between me and the race on television. I am finally taking a break since a week ago Wednesday when I held my breath and hit the enter key to publicly announce I was starting this magazine. Yes, I did this in less than two weeks. I’m curious to see what I can accomplish when I have a full month to work on the next issue. However, on Monday I plan to do the dishes, vacuum the floors, and mow my lawn.
Here’s eight things I learned: one, I cannot do it all; two, it’s important to take the time to go for a walk in the woods; three, the dishes can wait; four, I have one hell of a supportive tribe; five, working on two laptops at the same time equals lots of active internet tabs; six, what my time-wasters are; seven, I can survive without social media for a couple of days (who knew it was possible!); eight, I AM DOING THIS!
At the end of the day, we may perceive life differently, but we all look to the elements for a healthier life.
Life is an amazing adventure; it was never meant to be lived in gray-scale.