January 2017

Issue 11 | March 2017

Looking for love? Have a desire to experience the kind only you can give yourself? You’ll find it on the pages of this month’s issue of Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine. From getting support to following through on personal promises, to putting yourself first, to allowing love to flow internally. In my conversation with Natasha Botkin, we explore the essence of self-love, and allowing ourselves to honor and respect all aspects of who we are. This is the most powerful self-love issue yet!

Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine was published as a digital magazine from May 2016 to the May/June 2018 issue. The program used to display the publication on the internet was used to design the layout. In converting the digital editions to .pdf format, some of the layout elements were altered and misaligned. 

Publisher & Editor
Cynthia (C.K.) Kochis

Editorial Assistant
Jenn Ryan

Natasha Botkin
Rachel Kieffer
C.K. Kochis
Ruthie Lewis
Reba Linker
Debra Oakland
Barb Parcells
Patricia Young

Cover Photograph
Natasha Botkin

Contributing Photographers
Natasha Botkin
Rachel Kieffer
C.K. Kochis

August 2016

Teaching Us How to Allow Love

Life experiences lead us on a winding and twisting journey. We think we know where we are traversing, however circumstances crop up and, oftentimes, we go into unfamiliar territory.

Natasha Botkin, the mother of two autistic sons, was a successful entrepreneur of a rental management company when she chose to enroll her youngest son in…


“If you have true inner peace, nothing will rattle you. Your most prevalent growth occurs in the darkest moments. We grow in the dark. The dark is where the most beautiful creations begin.”
-Natasha Botkin

“We tend to be perfectionists and many years of dieting have taught us that we are ‘on’ or ‘off’ a diet and to see ourselves as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ with every choice we make.”
-Rachel Kieffer

“Whatever it is, we have to have a conversation with ourselves about what we will allow ourselves to get away with. There have to be negotiables and non-negotiables.”
-Patricia Young

“Our heart speaks love from us, not from another; it is from deep within.”
-Natasha Botkin

“It always makes me wonder why, if a tiny flower can know its purpose is to burst into full bloom, why is it so hard for us to do the same?”
-Ruthie Lewis

“Become intimate with the deepest layers of yourself. Explore things that light a fire of joy in your heart.”
-Debra Oakland

“Being in closer touch with nature holds the grounding and
the affirmation that so many of us are looking for….”
-Reba Linker

“Sooner or later we wake up knowing that the pail is finally full and it is time to make it into something to nourish our souls.”
-Barb Parcells

Together we are inspiring a supportive community, a tribe of women, with a desire to change the world starting with Self. Generation after generation we learn from each other through our experiences and stories. Elements For A Healthier Life is a life enhancing website encouraging readers to explore ways to balance the work place, relationships, spirituality and body movement – health and wellness goes beyond the food we eat.