Letter from Intern, September 2014

Returning readers will notice that Publisher Audrey Chen has graciously allowed me to guest write this month’s letter before I return to school. Although I began my internship at Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties in May after finishing my first year of college, I have known Audrey for several years from babysitting her children in the playroom at Cornerstone Health and Fitness. Since my major includes components of publishing, I eagerly accepted her offer to serve as her first intern.

Being a part of the team has proved to be an invaluable opportunity to explore and learn about the internal workings of a magazine without the pressures of a full-time job. Audrey has exposed me to every part of the process, from selecting and editing articles to interviewing and writing advertiser spotlights to reviewing final layouts. In just a short time, I’ve acquired and honed several skills that will be of practical use in my career. I’m even considering pursuing future work in the world of publishing.

Serendipitously, much of this month’s issue centers on the roles of coaches, mentors and caregivers. Audrey has been a fantastic mentor and I am grateful that, as with any good coach, she has been both patient and informative while allowing me ample room to grow. Her managing editor, Michelle Bense, has also been instrumental in helping me understand the style and voice of the magazine to increase my effectiveness. Such teachers are a gift.

This month’s theme resonates with me on another level, as well. Having had more than one family member affected by debilitating illness, I’ve seen how other family members have stepped in to the demanding role of caregiver. It all gives poignancy to Deborah Shouse’s feature article, “Conscious Caregiving: Nurturing Yourself While Helping Another.” I’ve seen firsthand how crucial it is that caregivers also allow themselves to be cared for.

During my Natural Awakenings internship, I have been fortunate to have had kind and talented people assisting me in my own life journey. As I continue my studies, I plan to carry forward the knowledge of natural health and wellness to share with those I meet.

In gratitude and good health to you and yours,
Alyssa Capel


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