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Natural Awakenings Milwaukee Magazine

September 2023 Publisher Letter

Sep 01, 2023 12:00AM ● By Jordan Peschek

Jordan Peschek, RN-BSN, Publisher

Recently, I became a homeowner for the first time. I was mesmerized by the ruby red geraniums on the deck, the flowering shrubs in the yard, the fruit trees in the back. I fell in love with the welcoming front porch, with the idea of planting roots in a new place, and with the possibilities that the new space would inspire.

On the very first night in our new home, a storm erupted and an elm tree crashed onto our roof. Unprepared for the unexpected, I was hit headfirst with some life lessons. I felt like the tree had crushed my spirit, not just a gutter and shingles. I was reminded to take ownership instead of play the victim. I was reminded to appreciate the now. I was reminded to be adaptable because something can always go wrong in life. Things could be worse, could be better. There is always so much to be grateful for in our lives that overshadows the challenges. In fact, I needed that tree to play a role for me. It aided me to look upon my vibrant life and all that it provides with even more reverence. And I greatly resonate with Marlaina Donato’s inspirational words below about change:

"Life’s transitions can feel like a broken bead necklace, with scattered pieces of ourselves waiting to be restrung. At times, we have one foot on shifting sands and the other in midair, waiting to connect to solid ground. Inspirational author Neale Donald Walsch says, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”—wise words for those of us that are halfway across the rickety swinging bridge of change.

Breaking our own rules can gift us with a brand of freedom that we’ve only imagined… When we take our hands off the wheel and float into possibility, the universe smiles and nudges our secret longing for something new, something more harmonically aligned with our own unique frequency. Meeting life in the moment, wherever we happen to be, can be a challenging but rewarding spiritual discipline."

                — An excerpt from Embracing the Winds of Change in the Inspiration department at

Wishing you a healthy mind, body and spirit in the face of change,

Jordan Peschek, RN-BSN, Publisher