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The first Friday of every month, the Sacramento Branch of the California Writers Club gathers for development opportunities, social interaction and solidarity among area writers. This past Friday, June 3, a group of 25 writers hosted Dr. Caroline Wadlin, a local, award winning physician specializing in women’s health and holistic medicine.
Wadlin’s recently published book, “A Woman’s Guide to Balancing Life in Today’s Fast Paced World,” is dedicated to all women:
“May you be blessed with more energy, less stress and more fun.”
Her compact guide to balancing life includes tips on how to reorganize your priorities so that you can lead a happier life.
“It’s not selfish to do that,” Wadlin reasoned.
The presentation began with five quick minutes of standing movement to help energize and invigorate “without coffee,” said Wadlin.
Whether it was discussing Qi gong, gossip, multivitamins or hot flashes, Dr. Wadlin encouraged living a happy, healthy and balanced life. Perhaps her most admirable trait was her overall likeability. Wadlin is a physician, a woman, a writer, a mother and a grandmother. If she can lead a balanced and healthy life, anyone can.
While the book and the session were seemingly geared toward women, Wadlin provided important and valuable advice for the men in the room too.
Wellness is so easily neglected in today’s fast-paced world. Your response to something, Wadlin explained, is generally a combination of your knowledge, thoughts, feelings and past experiences. Personal wellness is a dynamic that can greatly contribute to all of these factors, either positively or negatively.
“When you’re well,” said Wadlin, “when the tsunami hits, you know how to get through it.”
Wadlin’s Wellness Pyramid presented all the elements needed for a healthy and happy life. Total wellness requires sleep, nutrition and exercise, with relationships at their heart, all based on a strong platform of positive attitude.
It is obvious that this group, in particular, knows the importance of relationships. Throughout the presentation, group members were sometimes so exuberant and full of one-liners that the meeting had to be called back to order. The intimate presentation for the writers’ club soon became an interactive Q & A session. Dr. Wadlin answered questions and discussed the health benefits of topics such as magnesium, B vitamins, sun and laughter.
“If you feel like you have a cold coming on, rent two comedies and call me in the morning,” said Wadlin, explaining the many benefits of laughter.
Encouragingly, this group’s gatherings are all about mental health. Following the presentation, many lingered to chat. Members from ages 26 to 88 discussed their ideas, edits and trials and tribulations in the publishing world, all the while offering each other their support, advice and encouragement.
“A writer has to keep their hope, whether they’re 80 or 50 or 20,” said Bob Quinlan, a member of the CWC Sacramento Branch Board of Directors and author of “Earn It: Empower Yourself for Love,” a nonfiction book on love and relationships.
There are many challenges in the complex and uncertain literary world. Almost half the group works from home, and while some have outside jobs as well, most write full time.
Besides the many social benefits of the club, the CWC helps writers to stay abreast of the current trends in the world of writing and publishing. The California Writers Club was founded in 1909 and now has over 1,300 members. The Club keeps members informed on current relevant events including competitions and conferences, in addition to hosting their own.
The Sacramento Branch group hosts a monthly meeting, usually featuring a speaker or presenter, and a monthly open mic night where writers can present their best and receive feedback. In addition, writers collaborate, some providing editing, revision, and technology support as well as other services necessary when making a book into a successful published product.
Open Mic nights are held on the second Friday of the month at Barnes & Noble Birdcage on Sunrise Blvd. The next open mic event will be held on Friday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m. Signup begins at 6:45.
The next meeting of the Sacramento Branch of the California Writers Club will be August 5. There will be no July meeting due to the holiday weekend. Visit the CWC Sacramento Branch website for additional information or to join the California Writers Club.
For more information on Dr. Caroline Wadlin and her work, visit her website or email her at email@example.com.