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My Magazine Obsession

Oh my gosh! I’m thrilled to be featured in the April issue of InStyle magazine! Take a look:

Sage in InStyle

Har har har. πŸ™‚

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:

2013 Vision Board

Yep, I meditate in front of this beauty every single morning. Usually while sipping my tea in this mug and listening to this playlist.

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.

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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?

11 Comments

  1. Emily on March 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Magazines, inspiration boards, and a quote from Harry Potter? This might be my favorite post of yours ever!!! I feel the same way about magazines, but I only have one subscription right now, which is Real Simple. I just love their photography and styling, and all the topics they touch on. I do pick up individual issues of other magazines at book stores though, usually InStyle, health and fitness magazines, or craft magazines. I’ve never made an inspiration board, but yours is so beautiful, I feel totally inspired to do so!

    Also, I can’t believe that people don’t realize your logo is a lotus. I know it’s stylized, but I totally got that it was a lotus right away. It fits you so well. Well, I’m off to check to mail to see if Real Simple is waiting for me!



    • Sage Grayson on March 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

      Haha! I aim to please, Emily. πŸ™‚ If you only have one subscription, Real Simple is definitely the one to have. It’s my favorite by far. Their covers are works of art.

      People think my logo is just a flower. Whatevs.



  2. Cara on March 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Oh wow, it took me so long realize “Sage” was the colour… and not just your name. I figured you’d picked up some freelance writing gig!



    • Sage Grayson on March 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Haha! I’m not freelancing…at least not yet! Sage is a color, a plant, and a wise person.



  3. Sarah @ This Is What I Eat on March 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Haha how cute that you appear in In Style! πŸ˜‰ I remember being impressed by your magazine subscriptions when I first read about them a long time ago back over at Sweet and Sage. I’m impressed by your collection and I love that it is a nice way for you to escape for a bit and that it’s something that brings you joy! I also really love that you get so much more use out of them than just reading them. Love the vision board!



    • Sage Grayson on March 19, 2013 at 6:12 am

      I tell myself my obsession can’t be that bad because I reuse the magazines for my art. The trees don’t agree with me though.



  4. H&K Style Journey on March 15, 2013 at 4:45 am

    We definitely love our magazines. Like you said, it’s a great way to get lost for a little bit and then go back to the real world. I really like Taste of Home, Lucky, Instyle, and People! Heather



    • Sage Grayson on March 15, 2013 at 6:10 am

      I haven’t read Taste of Home. Another one to add to my collection…mwahahaha!



  5. Rambling Vegans on March 15, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I get a kick out of seeing my name in places, too. Fun!

    This was a great happiness post and definitely brightened up my morning! I think it’s wonderful that you have a hobby you love so much and get so much out of. Your vision board is awesome!



    • Sage Grayson on March 15, 2013 at 6:13 am

      Thanks, Molly. Most of my magazine subscriptions come have tablet versions, but I still want the hard copy ones for my collages. I feel like such a bad hippie when I think about all those trees. πŸ™ At least I’m helping the environment by being vegan.

      I really love my vision board for this year. It’s more focused than some of mine have been in the past.



      • Rambling Vegans on March 16, 2013 at 6:02 am

        I don’t think you should feel bad. If that’s the only thing you do that isn’t that environmentally friendly, it’s pretty mild. πŸ™‚

        That’s one of the reasons we’re hesitant to buy an Airstream, since it’ll use so much more fuel to pull it. However, like they say, a SUV driving vegan is still more eco-friendly than a meat eater who drives a Prius!



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