Letter From The Editor – October 2019

Welcome, October! While it is still unseasonably warm in Nashville, I can’t help but feel excitement that October is finally here and that the journey into fall will soon start to feel real.  Fall is

Welcome, October! While it is still unseasonably warm in Nashville, I can’t help but feel excitement that October is finally here and that the journey into fall will soon start to feel real.  Fall is my favorite season and October is on my list of “top two” favorite months, with the other soon upon us as well (hint, hint 😊).    Comfy sweaters, brilliant-colored leaves, hot beverages, pumpkin patches, and more.   I absolutely love all the changes that come with fall and the opportunity that it presents each of us to look at ourselves and our own lives to take a look at things we may want or need to change, big or small.

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This month, we will continue to feature inspirational Untold features which not only inspire, but demonstrate the amazing human spirit as “everyday” people like you and me deal with change and adversity and come out of it strong, like the warriors that they are.  The great recipes will keep coming, as we have heard loud and clear that our readers love food and recipes – and who doesn’t, right?!  We will have a feature on breast cancer awareness as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness month and we’ll put the spotlight on Down’s Syndrome, domestic violence, and mental health, all recognized during the month of October with their own awareness weeks and days. We have a great “Women in Business” feature coming as well as something to spark your volunteer spirit from “reader favorite” contributor Cindy Small, who is in her own “change of seasons” going from full-time employee to retired volunteer.


What else do we have in store for you? Well, you’ll have to come back and see!  Let go of summer – finally – and enjoy the beginning of fall and the great content we’ll have this month.


As always, we hope you enjoy this month’s features and please let us know what you would like to see in future publications.


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



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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified 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 graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

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. 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 Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.