From The Editor – Festively Fall

A “festively fall” welcome to New Focus Daily (NFD) new readers, AND welcome back to our regular readers.   Our theme this month is “’Giving Thanks,” and we are in the midst of JUST getting started

A “festively fall” welcome to New Focus Daily (NFD) new readers, AND welcome back to our regular readers.   Our theme this month is “’Giving Thanks,” and we are in the midst of JUST getting started with one of the BEST times of the year, full of celebration, festivities, friends, family, and giving thanks.   There are so many things to be thankful for!

Sometimes it’s all about the “little things” – like my array of fall-scented candles that I seem to never get enough of. “Will it be the ‘Pumpkin Spice’ today or “Falling Leaves” scent? Or maybe I’ll choose the one that smells like hot chocolate.   Or the sweaters in my closet that I wait all year to wear.   Or just seeing the amazing leaves on the trees changing colors more and more each day and create a burst of color driving through my neighborhood.  I am thankful for not just the “big” things in life, but the little.   

We have some great seasonal content in store for this month’s New Focus Daily.   We’ll have great recipes fun for this time of the year including a festive cocktail from our own Karen Shayne, and some other delectable surprises just right for this fall season.   A new Untold feature is coming up, words of gratitude from teen dynamo and regular columnist Jessica Meyer, a featured book review (will keep the title a surprise for now), and more inspiration on staying organized from the master of organization, Sarah Skillen.  Please join us for these great features and MORE as we kick off November, the month of thankfulness, gratitude, and beautiful scenery and traditions of fall.

In this season of thankfulness, I am so very thankful to continue be a part of New Focus Daily and for completing my THIRD year with this magazine.  I am most thankful for all of the talented, special, and wonderful contributors who share their words with us and make this magazine come to life, and for the many friendships, inspiration, and blessings I have found through these amazing people.  I hope that YOU, our readers, have also come to receive more than just “words” from New Focus Dailyand that we have impacted your lives in a positive way.

Be Focused, Be Inspired – It’s a New Day!


Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.