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I am moved each day, as I realize how all of us – readers, writers, advertisers – are helping one another’s dreams move forward, whether by getting to eat or offer healthy delicious food; becoming and/or helping others become more balanced, comfortable and happy with our bodies, minds, spirits and lives; beautifying or helping to beautify others’ lives with quality clothes, art, jewelry and salon experiences; enjoying or providing space for creative, authentic expression, community, time in nature and contemplation; discovering or offering the gifts of martial arts; benefiting from or sharing books and editing services; writing or reading articles on the many ways we can enjoy healthier, happier lives!
Adapted from article in Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine, Spring 2010
When I moved to Marquette, Michigan in 1994, I was in somewhat weak physical health. A year before, I was downed by a bout with mononucleosis, followed by chronic colds and fatigue. Though far from a life-threatening condition, I was unaccustomed to poor health and completely unwilling for it to continue. The process of becoming well again required me to make many internal and external changes, to heal on all levels – mentally, emotionally and physically.
Aided by my physician’s clear statement that he couldn’t help me, and by a colleague’s referral, I was fortunate enough to begin working with a chiropractor adept in various holistic health practices, and began making headway with my stamina. By the time I arrived in Marquette, I no longer had ongoing colds, but was not up to my full strength yet and could easily dip backwards. No local replacement for my beloved chiropractor appeared on the horizon and months passed before I discovered signs of any holistic health practices being offered here. Such inroads had already been made in the U.P., but they weren’t evident to the average observer. They weren’t in print.
Over time, I became more aware of and involved with Marquette’s holistic health community; was helped, taught and befriended by many of the sharing, caring souls I met. I began learning self-health techniques and eventually began sharing them professionally in workshops, private sessions, holistic health fairs and at Harmony Books & Gifts, the shop I co-managed with my husband Kevin. During this time, and to this day, I find that people are hungry for information and techniques for living healthier, happier lives; that they want to become more responsible, that is, able to respond to, the changes in life, and that they are often unaware of and surprised by the blossoming number of holistic health practitioners in this area.
Our health and our happiness are fundamentally intertwined. It is my hope that the nuggets offered in Health & Happiness will prompt continued and increasing health and happiness for you and your loved ones.
May you be well!
Roslyn Elena McGrath, Publisher
Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine
Adapted from Health & Happiness U.P. Magazine, Fall 2007