Living Well in Litchfield County, Connecticut

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If you're a garden lover, then get your tickets for this Saturday, May 14! That's when Trade Secrets™ moves to its new home at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville.
Byrde + the b is the beauty destination for all your spring sprucing, from luxurious hair, to rejuvenated skin, and an energized body.
Challenging Minds LLC offers a holistic approach to mental health conditions, providing therapeutic support for a variety of mental health conditions.
Plans are being put in place for the second SHAG celebration, which will occur over one weekend from June 16th to 19th. 
New Preston Dermatology offers comprehensive and highly specialized dermatological care to residents in Litchfield County and beyond.
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Charcoal Chef in Woodbury serves up good old-fashioned stick-to-your-ribs cooking that will gratify your taste buds as much as your bank account.
Whether because of its location along a busy road, its charming décor, or the quality of its food, The White Horse is clearly one of the most popular restaurants in the county.
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Challenging Minds
Holistic Mental Health and Development
SPONSORED @challengingmindsllc

Whether caused by traumatic events, significant life changes, an accumulation of stressful situations, or our increasingly complex society, mental pressure is mounting in people of all ages. For some, the tension becomes unmanageable, resulting in overwhelming thoughts and emotions. Help, however, is readily available.

With locations in Bantam and Torrington, Challenging Minds LLC was established in 2019 by Andrew Matusiak, a licensed clinical social worker. After working in human services with various mental health organizations for 12 years, Matusiak failed to see many clients improving. The reason, he explains, is that while traditional treatments help some people, most need a holistic approach that does not treat symptoms in isolation. Motivated by the desire to integrate various coping methods, he opened Challenging Minds.

By Clementina Verge

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Gratitude Works

Former Parade Magazine Editor Finds Happiness @janice.kaplan

There’s magic in these Litchfield Hills. If you can’t feel it you’d better read a page from Janice Kaplan’s The Gratitude Diaries and try again. Kaplan, 15-time author, magazine editor, television producer, podcast journalist, and Kent resident, credits the rolling hills, forest trails, and calming views of Litchfield County as major factors in her best-selling book and successful podcast, “The Gratitude Diaries.”

Gratitude is the zeitgeist of the COVID pandemic, but by then Kaplan’s research had concluded and her book had already been published. This was no “strike while the iron’s hot” intention birthed during days of quarantining. Kaplan’s curiosity emerged years before after concluding a survey on gratitude for the John Templeton Foundation. After some poignant self reflection on New Year’s Eve, she had an idea for a book. “This year,” she told her husband Ron, while he was making her French toast on New Year’s morning, “I’m going to be more grateful for everything.” So over a cup of coffee and with a tweak in her attitude, she committed to living one year being grateful. What started as a literary device became a lifestyle. “Goodwill became natural,” she concludes.

By Anne McAndrew

Photographer: Sari Goodfriend @sarigoodfriend 

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