Middle-Age Memoirs : My magazine article in First for Women

Yes, you read that right! I am featured in the latest edition (September 16, 2019) of First for Women. The article, on pages 32-33, is called: “Yoga cured my insomnia” It looks like this:


The author of the article, Alyssa Sybertz, contacted me earlier this year after reading my blog post about healing my insomnia. She asked if I’d be willing to talk with her about the article and how I used yin yoga to improve my sleep. We agreed on a time to speak and she interviewed me over the phone.

I thought I would just be a blurb in an article about yin yoga. However, as it turns out, I would be the feature of the article. During the interview, she asked if I’d be willing to have my picture taken by a professional photographer to include in the article. I hesitantly said yes, not thinking anything would come of it anyway, since she told me the article still had to be approved by the editors at First.

A couple of months went by without word from Alyssa. I had given up hope of the article being approved. Then one day I received an email from Alyssa letting me know that the article had been approved. She said the people at First would be in touch with me to set up a date to have my photo taken, after they could arrange a photographer, as well as a professional hair/make-up person.

In June, the date was scheduled. The magazine’s photography editor emailed me with specifications on what to wear, wanting to see photos of me in different outfits. After going back and forth a few times, 2 different outfits were finally agreed upon.

The photographer and professional make-up and hair artist came to my home. After I was sufficiently made up, I got into one of the outfits. The entire photography session took a couple of hours. We took photos in several different areas of my home and in both outfits. It’s so exciting and was a lot of fun. The photography session was quite hard work, and very tiring, much more than I expected.

If you have a chance, and happen to see the magazine in the store, go ahead and take a look. Tell me what you think. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Since the article is still on the shelves, I can’t yet publish photos from the photography session. Look for that next month!

Closing thoughts

I know my articles have been a bit chaotic. Over the next week, I’ll be working on developing a new blogging schedule, which will be posted on Thursday, September 12, 2019. At that same time, I’ll publish my schedule for my new blog, The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen.

Until next time…Namaste my friends


Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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