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We need to be upfront and apologize to local pickleball players. Our photographers did such an incredible job of capturing the sport in motion that we assume there will be yet another surge of Lakelanders ready to try the sport out. The stories of pickleball fanatics are genuinely fascinating, the camaraderie of the pickleball community is inspiring and since it’s a sport for everybody, everybody just might show up at a nearby court!

Our latest issue, which is ON STANDS NOW goes inside the pickleball revolution and explores what comes next. In addition, our Health & Wellness issue includes:

  • An introspective look at how we all play a pivotal role in improving mental health solutions
  • A bright and glitzy showcase of skin care products that local aestheticians are recommending to create a healthier, more vibrant you
  • An onerous, yet much-needed article on end-of-life planning that can make a difference in difficult times
  • The shoe one local inventor is touting will be the most natural running shoe on the market
  • The health benefits of art, and how the Polk Museum of Art is part of a more holistic lifestyle

Go grab a copy of our latest issue at your favorite Lakeland coffee shop, restaurant, gym or store.

Issue 84 Editor’s Note: Looking for Help? Welcome to the Club

We all need therapy. 

Stated in a less blatant fashion, we all need healthy ways outside of ourselves to relieve tension and stress, to find healing and to overcome challenges that are an inevitable part of the human experience.

Sometimes we need a massage or a facial, a hot bath, or someone to show us the right exercises and stretches for our ailment. Other times we need a friend or group of people to listen. And sometimes we need a guide such as a counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist.

We are wonderfully and fearfully (and complexly!) made. Recent research indicates that a single piece of brain tissue, which is about the size of a grain of sand, contains 100,000 neurons and 1,000,000 synapses. No wonder we don’t have it all figured out.

When you feel overwhelmed or your health is at-risk, give yourself permission to take a deep breath and realize there are thousands of other people in Lakeland trying to take a deep breath as well, and then find resources and information that can help. 

We need to uproot the stigmas that depression, hurting hearts and unraveled minds are reserved for people who simply don’t have it all together.  Life is neither simple nor easy.

Our goal in this issue is to show you that no matter your age, your income or your history, there are communities of people to connect with, ways to overcome worry, places to find healing and a variety of options to get healthier and be well. The more whole you are, the more complete we all are.

As the Christian Standard Bible version of Scripture says in Proverbs 4:23: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

It is imperative that you take care of yourself and that we take care of each other in a way that is empathetic, honest and points toward hope. 

RJ Walters