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OCT/NOV Editor’s Note by Jen Theisen

A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.
Maya Angelou

JenLadies, here we go. Ready or not, October is here, and November is right around the corner. I am so excited to share our Healing and Harmony issue with our readers. Creating this magazine has given me the gift of getting to know the women of the Chippewa Valley. I am inspired by their character and in awe of these courageous women who are willing to share their stories. You’ll be encouraged by the story of healing even through the devastating loss of a parent. Another article offers finance tips for strong single mothers, and you can read about the Hands Across Eau Claire project. Discover your inner warrior and learn about conquering fear. We have spooktacular Halloween date ideas along with amazing fall finds and ideas for yummy autumn eats. Get a jump-start on preparing for the holidays with our Decorating Dilemmas piece.

5ive for Women is excited to be a part of the Women Rock event on October 28 at Florian Gardens. This event both raises funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer and promises to be a spectacular evening. 5ive is honored to host the fashion show; you can also take part in the wine tasting, live and silent auctions, good eats, health information, and the camaraderie of the Chippewa Valley. It is our hope to raise more awareness and money than ever before for this worthy cause. So come on ladies! Let’s make this happen. You can learn all about it and all the awesome local sponsors at

I don’t know if it’s the fact that I turn a year older wiser in October or the beauty of the changing seasons, but I find myself more reflective every autumn. I reflect on where I’ve been, where I’m headed, and how I’ll get there. I tend to evaluate my life and if I’m on track. I think about time and how much I’m squeezing into each day. The thoughts seem to come at the same swift pace of life. I have accepted this is a season and it’s a fast-paced one. It’s probably not going to slow down soon. So the question becomes, “How do I keep my peace?” Maybe—for me—the harmony is simply loving where I am in the wonderful, crazy, noisy, hustle and bustle called life. Maybe we’d find more healing and more harmony if we stopped beating ourselves up for the demands on our lives. Maybe we’d find more joy in our day-to-day living if we practiced relentless compassion including with ourselves.

Life is never going to be perfect and probably never easy. All of us women overcome challenges, hurts, and trials. Somehow though, with the help of our lady friends and sisters, we find healing and joy. I have been honored to meet many amazing women in my life. I am blessed with a tribe of ladies who exude my vision of harmony. They have peace even when their lives may not be perfectly in sync. Even in the crazy, wonderful, messy beautiful days, I see them striving to be the best friends, sisters, wives, mothers, and workers they can be. I am taking lessons all the time. As the journey continues in faith, family, friends, fitness, and finance, let us remember to enjoy where we are. Healing and harmony are within reach.

Jen Theisen
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Download this article and more in our new October/November issue (VOL 4 – NO 5) HERE!

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  1. when will the hard copy be available? I looked today at megafoods west not there yet.
    Neighbor really enjoys it.