I’d describe myself as a practical person, on any given day you’ll find me in a pair of skinny jeans and a smile. No fuss, no mess. Sadly our summer has started coming to its end, which means our kids are back at school, and we are all falling back into our usual routines.

For me that means saying goodbye to my son yet again as he returns to college later this week, driving my daughter to school every morning; though this time around it’s two hours earlier than usual, going back to the gym on a regular basis, and cooking my family dinner every night. It’s a bittersweet time for my family and I, saying goodbye and starting anew it’s important for us all to keep a positive attitude. I love the days when the rain washes over our beautiful city, which we’ve had a few of lately– it makes me feel renewed.

This month,  Healthy magazine is serving up a special kids issue. The majority of this issue is filled with our best-in-class health articles, including a piece from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, on the grave consequences of childhood obesity. And Valeria Arcila; the heartwarming story of a girl who still looks up to Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, who should be entering the Fourth Grade right now, but instead is fighting through more trials and tribulations than most could even imagine.

There are a lot of things that cross my mind each month while I’m preparing this magazine for you, but what empowers me and keeps me motivated are the people that I surround myself with and those that I get to meet each month. Individuals who are confident, motivated, and passionate enough to overcome new challenges.

Things like these are what make me love my everyday working life.

Have a Happy and Healthy September!

By: Claudia Portillo