January! The month of resolutions, blank pages and inspiration to improve our lives. I know the last few years have been a challenge, but something tells me we have a lot to look forward to this year – starting with a brand-new edition of Arcadia News.

As the theme is fitness, I took a different direction in my well-being journey for 2023. Full disclosure: after the barre and aerial fitness classes in 2022, the potato chips called my name – and never stopped calling! So I decided to try something focused more on calming my mind. Something called “meditation in motion,” also known as Tai Chi. 

By definition, Tai Chi is an “internal Chinese martial art practiced for health benefits and meditation.” The Taoist Tai Chi Society® is an international organization that has been around since the 70s, with the Phoenix branch opening in 2002. 

It’s a nonprofit run by volunteers that teaches the art of Tai Chi to beginners and experts alike. Sessions are held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, so I headed there one Saturday to try it out. Afterward, I felt confident, strong and ready to start my day. I might just have found my niche in the fitness world – as long as the chips leave me alone.

This month, we’ve got a lot of sports news for our readers – baseball, swimming, and even a roundup of fall sports news from area schools. The focus? Improvement and inclusion for all.

Keep an eye out for our Home and Design and Camp Guide editions coming your way in a few months. Happy New Year to you, dear readers. We wish you all the best in 2023, and thank you for reading Arcadia News!

 — Mallory Gleich