Welcome October

Fall is ON. The. Way.  It seemed like “poof” and summer was gone this year, even with the ongoing pandemic.   I am loving that we are now in OCTOBER! My favorite month of the year. 

Fall is ON. The. Way.  It seemed like “poof” and summer was gone this year, even with the ongoing pandemic.   I am loving that we are now in OCTOBER! My favorite month of the year.   Why do I love it so much? There are so many reasons, but I believe one of the big ones is the splendid fall colors that emerge that can be so amazing and sometimes even just breathtaking.  These last eight months I have spent more time outdoors than I ever have in my entire life.  I have joined a hiking group and cannot wait to be outside in the crisp air and surrounded by all the beautiful colors and just appreciating the beauty of the great outdoors.  At a time when it seems so hard to see the good things in this world, I see a burst of beautiful “fall-ness” and it lifts my spirits.  I am reminded of the seasons and know that we are all right now in a season that will pass, like all others – figuratively and literally. I intend to enjoy every bit of fall beauty that I can and hope that you do as well.


Speaking of enjoyment, I truly hope you enjoy the magazine this month. It is going to be a great month with Unconditionally Her and all that we have to share! Yesterday was National Homemade Cookie Day (who knew?!?) and October brings us not only beautiful fall leaves and sweater weather, but so much more.  World Smile Day and Do Something Nice Day are a few other October happenings that warm my heart and encourage us all to be a positive force in a seemingly challenging, and at times not-so-positive, world that we live in.  We have plenty of recipes, a great travel feature on Helen, Georgia (you’ll want to visit this tiny town after reading this article!),  a feature story on cathartic writing (we ALL could use an outlet for our thoughts and feelings as we navigate our time on this planet), testaments of faith, UNTOLD stories of inspiration, and so much more.


Thank you for letting Unconditionally Her be a part of YOUR October. May it be wonderful.


Be Encouraged, Be Empowered, Be Inspired – Be Unconditionally YOU!



“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — L.M. Montgomery (Canadian author, Anne of Green Gables and more)

Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.

While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.