SEARCH: Fitting in Fitness

Fitting in Fitness

by Heather Roulo

Aren’t we lucky when summer comes around? The opportunities to get fit increase exponentially to the length of a sunny day.

Rather than staying indoors, where the temptations of food and good books entice us, we can head out into a world bursting with ways to be active. Workouts like walking dogs, riding bikes, and swimming are easier in the summer. It’s also a great…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue.

SEARCH: City Spotlight on Southend-On-Sea, UK

City Spotlight on Southend-On-Sea, UK

by Elliot Thorpe

The English county of Essex is so named after the Saxons (Circa 600 CE) settled east of what would become London. It has a population of 1.8 million and boasts two cities, Chelmsford—the birthplace of radio—and Southend-on-Sea.

Because Southend is the most populated area in Essex (Chelmsford merely the third) and it is autonomous from Essex’s overall county council, the argument was put forward that it deserved city status. Bureaucracy and convoluted government tick-lists aside, it has direct train routes to London, the world’s longest pier, its own amusement park, theatres that attract performers like Sir Rod Stewart and Willie Nelson, casinos, restaurants, and a bustling miles-long sea front…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue.

SEARCH: 2022 Summer Issue Editor Letter

SEARCH Magazine Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue

SEARCH Magazine Summer 2022 Cover

When you’re a kid, summer seems to last forever. It is the anticipation of freedom, outdoor activities, summer camp, and a change in routine. Perhaps the emotion can best be boiled down to the joy of having no school for endless months. It is losing track of day and time and not caring if you sleep in. It is its own, special time and seems like it will last forever. As you get older, it becomes about summer jobs and the exhilaration of road trips with friends. Maybe it’s still about that elusive change in routine and sleeping in. Teenagers and young adults are all too aware of the exact length of their summers and how fleeting they are.

Summer takes on new meaning once you reach adulthood. No matter the season, we’re often still responsible for earning an income or caring for others. However, summers can remain just as exciting. It’s weighty with beach vacations, fresh berries from the garden, outdoor barbeques, and longer days. With longer days, perhaps time can be stolen for a bicycle ride after dinner or soccer in the park.

While it doesn’t necessarily mean freedom, like it once did, in summer months, cares do seem a little lighter. There is so much to see and do that other concerns can be put away. It is a time of action, of baseball games and concerts in the park. Summers are the season I long for in Seattle’s gray, cold, and dark months. When it arrives, it’s all too short.

So, celebrate summer with me in our #SeaSaltSand issue. Visit new locales, try a new recipe, and learn to meditate. Alternatively, ignore all of this to jump in your car and enjoy tunes on your road trip. However you celebrate the return of summer, SEARCH Magazine is glad to celebrate right along with you.

Heather Roulo/ Managing Editor

SEARCH Magazine Summer 2022 #SeaSaltSand issue

SEARCH: City Spotlight on Palm Springs

City Spotlight on Palm Springs

by Heather Roulo

I had the pleasure of visiting Palm Springs for some well-needed wintertime sun. The greater Palm Springs area includes the Coachella Valley and is known for its blend of nature, style, and kitsch.

In Southern California, the classic city of Palm Springs lives up to all expectations as a fashionable desert city with striking architecture and unique botany. Joshua Tree National Park is a short drive away. There, you can see the distinct differences between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. The Joshua trees make striking silhouettes against the clear sky. Unique boulders give hikers and rock climbers good reason to visit. At lower elevations, the cholla cactus and each oasis of California fan palms offer welcome interest to the desert…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Spring 2022 #Entrepreneurs issue.

SEARCH: Hiking for Fitness

Hiking for Fitness

by Heather Roulo

One of the best tricks for fitness is to incorporate activity into your life. If staying fit is a regular part of your hobbies, it’s easier to maintain.

Hiking motivates people to remain healthy for many reasons. It can be a social activity, where you invite friends, family, or the family dog along. Setting up a regular schedule with others can be just enough of a push to keep active. On the other hand, a solitary hike is also rewarding. In fact, peace of mind can be found while escaping to see the wonders of nature or to explore the nooks of your city. Hiking usually doesn’t require much planning or money.

Unlike a gym membership, hikes are there for everyone without any subscription except the occasional park entry fee. For those just beginning, it can be helpful to reach out to…

Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Spring 2022 #Entrepreneurs issue.

SEARCH: Our Entrepreneur Issue Editor Letter

SEARCH Magazine Entrepreneurs Issue

You’ve likely considered starting a business. It is fun to dream of the rewards, but assessing the risks often puts an early end to the idea. So, what makes it work?

It takes boldness to be an entrepreneur. Assessing risk, sharing a dream, and being practical enough to make it happen are just a few of the skills necessary to succeed at building something new that will last. We need entrepreneurs. Their determination and vision bring opportunities that go beyond themselves. Most entrepreneurs are deeply involved in their communities. Ideally, a network of support is created that allows advancement and improvement for many others.

Our Entrepreneurship issue discusses making it in the music business, starting a business with disabilities, and explores what successful entrepreneurs have in common. Motivated self-starters can also rise in politics, such as Suzanne Madron’s run for mayor. On the other hand, some start a solo writing career that is just as powerful.

Much like SEARCH Magazine—whose founder started with an idea and refined it over time—the notion of creating something and watching it grow is romantic. Still, at its core, it is also hard work and takes more than the celebrated entrepreneur. Studies show that it involves many people giving energy to their areas of expertise. So, visionary or team player, enjoy our Entrepreneurship issue.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Read our Entrepreneur-themed Spring 2022 issue.

SEARCH: City Spotlight on Florence, Oregon

City Spotlight on Florence, Oregon

by Heather Roulo

The Oregon Coast is a well-known destination for anyone living in a western state. Unlike Washington and California, the state of Oregon passed the Oregon Beach Bill in 1967.

The bill ensures beaches along the Pacific Coast remain accessible to the public, making the white sand and basalt outcroppings a perfect place for a family vacation.

Located in the center of the Oregon Coast, Florence is particularly known for America’s largest sea cave and the sea lions that come to lounge on the rocks inside. For a fee, visitors can take an elevator…

Read more in our Winter 2021 #Wellness issue.

SEARCH: Why Wait?

Why Wait?

by Heather Roulo

Fitness comes in many forms. Like the person who fixes up their house just to sell it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make changes sooner:

Sleep when you’re tired. Keep a regular sleep schedule, typically 7-9 hours for an adult. If you get tired during the day, take a 15-20 minute nap. You will feel refreshed without causing insomnia at night.

Set boundaries. Sometimes you don’t want to go out or work overtime. Your relationships will be healthier if you simply say ‘no.’ You can be sympathetic, empathetic, and nice while respecting your own needs.

Exercise regularly. Move your body. If you don’t, you eventually may not be able to.

Quit bad habits. You probably know what they are. Indulge in too much alcohol? Smoke? Take a look at the thing you’re afraid to give up.

Be less self-conscious. Stop worrying whether your mosquito bites show when you wear shorts or who hears you sing…

Read more in our Winter 2021 #Wellness issue.

SEARCH: Editor Letter for our #Wellness issue


I recently hit a milestone birthday, and my husband and I joke that my warranty expired. Like a car that’s driven a few too many miles, I hear the creaks and groans of age build up as the indiscretions of youth finally come due. That time I slipped while doing a pull-up and tweaked my back? The knees that complained when I slung my baby around in her carrier? Now is the time to itemize just where I went wrong and look to the future, where little ol’ me hopes to hit milestones without feeling like I need to go in for maintenance.

One of the perks of age is that I have also gained perspective. In our Wellness: Mind, Body, & Soul issue, we consider more than the physical tribulations suffered by our earthbound selves. Our body shelters our mind and soul so we can achieve our best selves. We refine our personalities so we might share our joys at any age.

In our featured article, Elliot Thorpe recounts learning about his heart condition. Brian and Patricia Dake provide a recipe built around healthy broccolini. Tim Reynolds has a lighter take on the accessories to mindfulness. Michele Roger investigates music as a source of academic improvement, while Kay Tracy extolls the benefits of mineral baths. Lillian Csernica considers the challenges of achieving spiritual enlightenment, particularly when it’s difficult to connect with other people, let alone a higher power.

Our articles offer suggestions to take care of your body so it does not distract you from the joys of the mind and the elevation of spirit. Discover the reward of seeking knowledge for the mind and compassion for the heart.

And no, I still don’t wish to purchase an extended warranty.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Read our #Wellness Winter 2021 issue.

SEARCH: You Can Do It! Issue Editor Letter

They say that life is about what you do with the time you’re given. When older people look back, they’re more likely to regret the things they didn’t do, rather than what they did.

When you think about your list of to-dos, they’re likely a combination of those necessary items that keep you alive chores and responsibilities—as well as lingering items you’d like to do if you had more time, money, and energy. Every day we make choices for where to spend the limited years given to us, so give it some thought. Due to COVID, we experienced a year of enforced slowdown, where assumptions of what life looked like were transformed. As we rebuild those lives, we can do it with intention and deliberately take on opportunities that leave us more fulfilled.

As you consider our You Can Do It! issue, enjoy thinking about travel to London, creating a cookbook of family recipes, or even just sitting down and folding a little origami. Life moves at many paces, but there’s no reason to look back with regret when you can still check something off your to-dos. As Tim Reynolds explains in his article, “Regrets, I Have a Few” you don’t have to accept every opportunity but don’t be too fearful to select the ones that excite you. Even when you reach for something, and the answer is no, there’s satisfaction in knowing you gave it a shot. And when the answer is yes, memories are made.

Heather Roulo / Editorial Director

Watch for our You Can Do It! Fall 2021 issue.