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recently enjoyed a restful and relaxing vacation with my family to Sedona, Arizona, and Santa Barbara, California. It was wonderful to connect with my family and spend time together. The hustle and bustle of everyday life in our area can take a toll and without realizing it, we become stressed out, overwhelmed and frustrated. Stepping back and hitting the pause button was something I really needed. We hiked, enjoyed spa treatments, lounged by the pool, read and relaxed. We met some new friends and had some laughs, too. I think the best parts of our vacation came when we least expected it, such as a random dance session in the middle of our hotel suite that had us all laughing at


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the end of the song, each of us offering our silliest dance moves, letting go and just being present. It was a fun time for all.


Now I am back to the “real” world. Life as we know it has made me realize how necessary it is for me to make a little space each day to bring more balance into my day-to-day life. Whether it’s a quick run, an exercise class, a book or lunch with a friend, I’m aware of just how much I need this daily commitment to myself. What do you do to bring balance to your life? Do you make time in your day to be present or calm or simply have a little fun? I am going to make an effort every day to do this for myself. I hope you do, too. Our August issue is full of great articles that I am sure you will love. My favorite this month is an article by Renée Loux, entitled “Juice Up.” As many of you already know, I am a huge advocate of juicing. It is part of my daily routine and if I miss a day or two, I can feel my body in need of the nutrients I have missed. I think it is the single most important change I have made in my diet and it has helped me in more ways than I can count. I see the difference in my skin, hair, nails, mood, energy levels, sleep, hunger, food cravings (mostly sugar) and so much more. A word of warning, though: some people experience mild headaches or discomfort when initially juicing. This happened to me as I was detoxing and my body was trying to move the toxins out. I find that drinking plenty of water helps flush out the cellular waste and helps me feel better in a day or two. And I discovered that any combination of veggies tastes good as long as I have cucumber, lemon and a half a green apple. I encourage you to give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.


Happy juicing,


Never Glossy. Always Green.


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