What would it be like if you had time to just "be"? Time you could spend reflecting on who you are? What would your life be like if you were not under any pressure to have to do anything in particular?
I don't know, either. But I'm about to find out. I'm going to change the direction of my life and possibly turn it upside down. I don't know whether or not I'm going to like these changes. I just know it's time to make them.
Life is filled with changes. We enjoy some of them more than others, but like them or not, they happen. Change is not the same as transitions.
"Change can come at any time, but transitions come along on their own time schedule when one chapter of your life is over and another is waiting in the wings to make its entrance," says William Bridges, the author of several best-selling books on the subject. Transitions are a time for us to let go of the past and embrace the future. Once a chapter in your life is over it's time to step into the unknown and look forward.
That's where I'm at in my life right now. I've decided it's time to make a major transition. It's time to move from working on Women's Health Letter every day to stepping into the unknown. Some call it retirement. I call it a change in activity.
Retirement can be extremely stressful. We go from being what convention calls "productful" (having a job) to retirement which is an unstructured environment. Often people do not know how to handle their new found freedom.
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It's important to give yourself permission to enjoy retirement and not feel that your self-worth is in any way compromised by not working. It is okay to pursue other interests that you previously did not have time for. We need to give ourselves permission to just "be."
For me, that means I'll have time to visit family and friends, do more charity work, garden, spend more quality time with friends, and do anything else I want to do. It's an exciting time for me, but I have to be honest. I'll miss writing Women's Health Letter. And I'll miss working with the folks at Soundview Communication, the company that publishes the newsletter.
I've been writing Women's Health Letter for over 20 years. I started by writing an article or two each month. Then I took over full time in 1997. It's been a wonderful journey. I've enjoyed getting to know many of you through the years. And I hope I've helped many of you walk your journey in a healthier way.
I know many of you were helped by the groundbreaking information I discovered on calcium. Too many women take far too much calcium, but when I exposed the Calcium Hoax (and wrote a book about it), it helped many women avoid the brittle bones caused by overdosing on calcium.
I was also the first newsletter writer to talk about the need for more iodine. My work with Guy Abraham, MD — the father of modern iodine research – put iodine back on the map for the medical community. But you were the first to read about it in these pages.
I also was the first to tell you about the dangers of systemic inflammation and how it can lead to many health problems. And that's just a few of the groundbreaking stories you heard first in these pages. Others included light and color therapy, probiotics and healthy digestion, and dangerous electromagnetic fields.
I'm so thrilled that my good friend Janet Zand, O.M.D., L.Ac will be taking over as editor of Women's Health Letter. She is the perfect person to continue bringing you groundbreaking information on women's health. You probably already know Janet, as I've talked about her for years. In fact, I have relied on much of her information for decades. She is a board certified acupuncturist, a doctor of oriental medicine, and the formulator of my favorite skin care kit, Système 41.
Janet is a nationally respected author, lecturer, natural health practitioner and herbal and nutraceutical products formulator who has helped thousands of people achieve better health. She's also "Hollywood's Best Kept Health Secret," as In! Magazine describes her. That's because of her "A"-list clientele of movie stars, rock stars and professional athletes. While she can't disclose who these stars are, maybe she'll tell you some of their stories. She has some great stories — I've heard many of them.
It's a real honor to have Janet coming in behind me. She really knows her stuff. And you'll love what she has to offer you for healthier living. I'm leaving you in great hands.
As I start this new endeavor, I'm taking many wonderful memories of you and your stories. I would love to hear from you. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me your story.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Nan Fuchs