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Welcome to Natural Awakening

Greater Rhode Island's Premiere Resource for
Natural and Green Living News and Events

September 2018

Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary

Happy Ten Year Anniversary to us!

Ten years ago this month, we published our first local edition of Natural Awakenings Rhode Island. The time has flown by, almost one fifth of my life. Since the beginning, it’s been a passion-fueled mission, with endless opportunities for personal growth, month after month. I’ve learned so much and been blessed all along the way in meeting many local experts gifted with insights on natural health, spirituality and sustainability. I’ve had opportunities to meet with so many passionate, gifted healers, many of whom I now call friends. We have truly built community here.

Of course anniversaries often come with reflection. I remember distinctly waiting for that first issue to be delivered from the printers. Practically jumping out of my skin in anticipation waiting for the delivery truck from the printer. Seeing all of the components that I had worked so hard on being put together was exhilarating. It hadn’t dawned on me yet that it meant another issue was just another month away; I just wanted to see it, hold it, and share it.

We did our own distribution for the first few months until we found a company to take on much of it. But for the first 6 or 7 years I still did up to 100 delivery stops myself, dividing the state out by region and hitting the road at the end of every month. It was a great experience, to really understand what it is that happens with free magazines in different locations.  Plus, as an added benefit, driving around our beautiful state I was able to discover all kinds of new places!

Over the years, we have published thousands of news briefs, Health and Global briefs, and articles both local and national. It’s got to be tens of thousands of calendar listings!  We helped spread the word and inform the community about local happenings as well as the latest trends in natural health and green living.  Many of the news briefs we published were for non-profits, others for new businesses just starting out, and some for distribution sites.  And of course, the majority has been for the advertisers who help make this free magazine possible.  We are so filled with gratitude for the support of the community that makes all this work achievable.

Who knows where the next 10 years will take us, I just know I look forward to the journey. I look forward to meeting new friends, supporting our old friends, and being surrounded by the wonderful people who make Natural Awakenings Rhode Island a community that brings us all closer together.

 

Maureen Cary
RI | Natural Awakenings |  401-709-2473