Celebrating 10 Years with Natural AwakeningsSep 01, 2022 09:35PM ● By Joe Dunne
The September issue in your hands represents our 10th anniversary. That milestone makes me want to thank the entire universe as we are beyond words in gratitude for what we have been gifted.
Our first printed issue of Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey hit the stands in September 2012, though the publication had been around since 2005, I believe. For us all the gods, spirits, and universal forces lined up and dropped this magazine at our feet. We were close to broke, and almost broken. I was 68 years old, with little hope of meaningful employment, and a nine-year-old son. But, as we have learned in life, the future is hard to predict so never be surprised by what life is about to deliver.
For us, life changing is what happened. Spiritually, emotionally, financially—everything changed for the good through purchasing Natural Awakenings. The gifts that poured forth to us are immeasurable in so many ways. The people we have met, the friendships that have developed, and the work itself has made many marks on our soul. I love the fact that we have been involved in helping people—through content, introduction, and networking the mission we believe is so important.
We wanted to help people grow, to broadcast a message of good, to contribute to expanding awareness and education while promoting community. We hoped our magazine could be that voice on your shoulder, that pleasant reminder that may pop into your head to “see the good” in everything, everyone we meet, every situation we encounter, and to ask of everyone to try harder to take care of yourself, your families, our planet, to be a better person, and to spread peace.
During the last 10 years, we worked through starting up the new business, worked through Sandy and, most recently, through our very own pandemic. We have experienced all the ups and downs of the business world, the stressors, and the joys during this journey. Throughout all this, our most valuable asset has been our readers, who have shown us remarkable loyalty as have our advertisers.
Naturally, our gratitude list is long. To our loyal readers, advertisers, distributors and distribution locations, and a tribe of others, we want to thank you for your support. To our New Jersey layout person (Kathy), graphic artist (Kathy), and editor (Kathy), along with a host of support staff (past and present), we want to take this opportunity to say thank you. We would never have accomplished all that we have without you.
Thank you for all you have done for us. We hope we have contributed to your life.
Joe & Asta Dunne