Oh my gosh! I’m thrilled to be featured in the April issue of InStyle magazine! Take a look:
Har har har. 🙂
OK, so I’m not America’s next top model (but I did do some modeling back in the day). I love it when my name pops up in unexpected places.
So sage green is trendy for spring, but I gotta be honest with you, I much prefer emerald green (which is also on-trend or so I hear!). When it comes to colors, I’m all “go bright or go home.” Why be neutral when you can shake things up?
Anyhoo, since today is Friday that means it’s time for a Happiness post. And (almost) nothing else in this world makes me happier than opening the mailbox and finding a huge stack of glossy new magazines. Some of my favorites are Real Simple, Self, and Lucky.
If you’ve read the list of random facts about yours truly on my About page, you’ll know that I have 32 magazine subscriptions. Hey, what’s that? Oh, it’s just the sound of millions of trees crying out in terror.
Maybe it’s not a very environmentally friendly hobby, but reading magazines makes me profoundly happy. I’ve been reading magazines since I was 13. It’s the little snippets of wisdom paired with compelling photos that make magazines so appealing. They’re short and sweet–just like me!
Magazines are also a part of my meditation habit. In addition to smile meditation and waiting-in-line meditation, I also meditate when I cut paper for my collages. Snip, snip, snip–so relaxing! Betcha didn’t know I’m a closet artist too, huh?
I’ve been making collages for as long as I’ve been reading magazines. They were my vision boards before I even knew vision boards existed. Speaking of vision boards, here’s mine for 2013:
Don’t have your own vision board? Watch this video for a step-by-step how-to guide.
See those big pink and yellow flowers in the lower left? Those are lotus flowers and that’s what I was going for with my logo.
It’s a stylized lotus, but most people don’t see it. I’m a Buddhist, and I like the metaphor of a lotus flower because it has to grow up through the muck of the swamp before it can bloom on the water’s surface.
Just like how we need to rise above the muck in our lives. That’s a life-coachy moment of zen for ya. No charge.
Magazines are a relatively inexpensive way for me to escape into a colorful fantasy world for an hour and return to the real world refreshed and inspired.
I’d love to chat more about my magazine obsession, but the new Real Simple is sitting on my desk, and it would be rude of me to ignore it.
“‘No, I was merely reading the Muggle magazines,’ said Dumbledore. ‘I do love knitting patterns.'” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Tweet this!
Do you read magazines? What are your favorites?