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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

A Fresh Start

As spring unfolds, it marks an opportune time for a fresh start, emphasizing renewed energy and vitality. It’s also perfectly timed to align with the roll out of our 2024 Natural Living
Directory—New York’s premier holistic health resource—helping you envision and achieve the healthiest version of yourself possible. With over 75 committed wellness practitioners, including health coaches, acupuncturists, herbalists and energy healers, this thoughtfully curated edition is poised to steer you through a transformative journey.

Although 2024 is well underway, there is still time to make it your best year yet. If you need a little inspiration, be sure to check out life and business coach Kim Childs’ insightful piece on page 14 that is all about using positive psychology to seek out the good, focus on solutions and find the fun along your journey. Go ahead and embrace the essence of spring as you cultivate this positivity and well-being, igniting a mindset of growth and resilience amid life’s challenges. 

Just as vital as nourishing the mind and spirit, it is important to remember that our bodies will happily respond when we make healthier and more informed food choices this year. In “Food Trends for 2024,” on page 28, stay in the forefront with culinary trends that will elevate meals and boost your zest for living. Discover innovative approaches to nutrition and align with the season’s vibrant energy in “Revolutionizing Our Plates for Vibrant Living” by Rev. Dr. Jessica Chichester on page 32.

It’s time to begin considering how this year’s garden will be shaping up and, in “Planting for the Planet” on page 34, we invite you to have fun some with herbs. We also hope you gain inspiration for creating pollinator-friendly spaces, nurturing the well-being of our planet in this month’s Green Living department article on page 36. We can all contribute to biodiversity and ecological balance as we make conscious plans for our yards. 

As you engage with this annual Natural Living Directory, design your “2024 Wellness Dream Team” from the local practitioners in this issue’s profiles and business spotlights beginning on page 18. They are eager to become integral allies, supporting your well-being journey and helping you achieve your wellness goals. Envision yourself transforming just as this season of growth, renewal and well-being is. May this be a new chapter of self-discovery and vibrant living, ushering in a year filled with health and happiness for you.

Yours in Health,


Erica Mills, Publisher