Creating Wellness

Hello, Friends! Thank you for picking up our latest edition. As I breeze through the final proof to reflect on how another incredible issue has come together, I can’t help but pause with wonder at just how far “wellness” has progressed.  Mindsets and medicine are changing, and as Dr. Tyler says in our front-page feature,… Read more »

Another Beautiful Day in Paradise

It’s good to see you here today. Thank you for exploring our spring edition.  I’m delighted to read that people throughout the world are ready to come together, and do so with deeper meaning and greater purpose. It’s all in an effort to evolve to a more gratifying state, and wellness plays a large role… Read more »

Welcome 2023!

What words come to mind for you as we enter the new year? Fulfillment, peace, contemplation and excitement swirl through my head creating a warm and content feeling in my belly. Much of this stems from enjoying a “holiday season of old” with family gatherings, parties and events that have allowed me to feel connected… Read more »

A Look at Our Holiday Edition

I love this time of year! Especially in our desert where the weather has cooled and life seems amplified. Social opportunities abound as we move outdoors to bask in our perfect weather. It’s time to celebrate the season – and the reasons we live here. We celebrate much in this edition: ideas for happy, healthy… Read more »

Welcome Fall

September shepherds in a new school year, the promise of cooler weather and the beginning of another festive season in our desert. While leaves may not fall around us and sweaters stay tucked away, both can be enjoyed with short trips to Oak Glen or Julian where apples and seasonal traditions abound. Locally we’ll celebrate… Read more »

A Time to Reflect

Our warm summer days offer the perfect opportunity to slow down and do “a bit of nothing,” as Dr. Shannon prescribes in our front-page quote. It’s a good time to rest our busy brains, and make space for personal reflection. We need it to recharge, renew and rebalance. Reading through this new edition, I am… Read more »

Hot Air Balloon

The Special Place We Live

I love hot air balloons. Their bright colors against our blue, desert sky always bring a smile to my face, and I can’t help but pause to watch them float by. This spectacular shot was taken in our backyard. You know you live in a pretty cool place if it’s hot air balloon worthy. And… Read more »

The Path Forward

Welcome spring! We’re so glad you’re here bringing warm inspiration for a fresh start forward. People often ask if there is a theme for the new issue and although it is never planned, it often comes to be. I believe we are all more alike than we think. Feelings, thoughts, habits and circumstances create common… Read more »

Setting Goals

As kids, goals that helped shaped our path towards adulthood were set for us. We started school at 5, became tweens at 10 and teenagers at 13. We couldn’t wait to drive, finish high school, and of course, turn 21. Once we became adults, the job of setting goals was left up to us. How… Read more »

This Season’s Heartbeat

Aren’t these desert mornings spectacular? After a sweltering summer, this time of year reminds us why we live here. Season has arrived and this year, more than ever, our anticipation of increased social schedules, seasonal friends and heightened energy has us talking. Are we ready? With each new issue of Desert Health, we have an… Read more »

Live Your Imagination

One weekend in May, I got a strong desire to go camping, to simply “check out,” live in the moment and spend time appreciating nature. But it was Thursday, and we couldn’t find an open site. Noticing my sulking shoulders, my husband proposed, “Why don’t we just camp here?” The crazy idea got me excited.… Read more »

The Little Bandito


How are you doing? This past year has been such a crazy time, and so many are going through so much. What are you doing to keep that smile? I’m practicing gratitude. And it is just that — a practice.  Over the past two years, I beat cancer, lost my father unexpectedly, and most recently… Read more »

The Magic of Mindfulness

Over the past year, I’ve been working to bring mindfulness into all aspects of my life. In addition to starting my day with slow, deep breathing, happy thoughts, a crafted coffee, meditation and sunshine, I’ve been consciously working to “come back to the now” when thoughts race and actions get harried. Returning to sports has… Read more »

Dream BIG

Last January, I was celebrating a new start after a year of cancer treatments. 2019 had been rough, but I made it through with a renewed appreciation for life and a strong sense of fearlessness. Life is short, and I can do anything.  So, I decided to start riding horses again. I tried 10 years… Read more »

Celebrating Life

This October, our daughter, Erin, got married and we welcomed a new son-in-law, Jason, to the family. A year of ups and downs culminated in a more intimate affair, and in the end, it was simply magical. What didn’t change is at the heart of it all: family, celebration and love.  As we enter the… Read more »

Making Memories

So happy to welcome September, the beginning of fall! Maybe you’re sitting at an outdoor café right now enjoying a warm coffee and cool breeze. I’m writing this at the end of August in hopes that the new month shepherds in much anticipated change – in the weather and our ability to freely enjoy cafés.… Read more »

In the Moment

Have you ever been hiking and noticed the vibrancy of the colors around you? Or walked out in the morning to listen to birds singing and noticed how blue the sky? Maybe the memories of those moments are still clear in your mind and the thoughts warm your heart. Those are the times you are… Read more »

Compassion Love Laughter

Accepting Change

Hello, Friends ~ My goodness! Who would have ever thought 2020 would find us so far apart, yet so close at heart in circumstances beyond our wildest imagination?  The sign above sits on our counter as a constant reminder of the patience and compassion we all need to have with each other right now, and… Read more »

Lauren in the field

How Lucky Are We?

We live in a pretty extraordinary place. From hot air balloons and horses, to palm trees and mountains, vast sky with no scrapers, and bright sun shining down on our towns and farmlands, the Coachella Valley is a pretty incredible place to call home. Many in the desert have yet to experience it all. They’ve… Read more »