Little known fact about me: When I was preteen/teenager I was obsessed with magazines. I would obsessively pour over them for hours, taking in the glossy photos and analyzing the layouts. I just knew that I wanted to work for a magazine one day.
Well… that last dream has (sort of) passed, but my love for magazines totally has not. I still love spending my afternoons flipping through the pages of a good spread and absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the latest issues.
While I used to be only about the fashion mags, I’ve found some absolutely brilliant magazines to jumpstart my creativity and inspire me both in my personal life and in my business. All of these magazines not only encourage growth but they provide real actionable steps in getting there.
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For a lot of bloggers and girl bosses, this magazine is a must! Every issue is packed full of articles about building community, finding your niche market, and improving every aspect of your brand and business. To make it even better, they are all written by super inspirational female entrepreneurs. Belong even includes a resource library of businesses to cater to your every business and blogging need. (Look for Sweet Horizon in the Web section!) Keep an eye on this magazine. No doubt they are on their way to being the best in the biz!
Bella Grace is part magazine, part journal. Almost every inspiring and thought provoking article has an exercise or written portion so that you can take their ideas and dig a little deeper. I find this magazine to be a meditation of sorts, with heartfelt stories, inspiration quotes, gorgeous photography, and snippets of life’s simple and beautiful moments. I honestly hold on to each copy until I have a still moment to sit, read and think, just so I can savor every page.
Anyone who has ever watched an episode of Fixed Upper on HGTV know that Johanna Gaines is #goals in every sense of the word (or hashtag). Her magazine is no different, with every spread thoughtfully designed with a touch of rustic real-ness (because of course her magazine would be beautiful). I’m actually surprised to see how many of the stories Johanna writes herself, and they all feel like you are sitting with her on her front porch in Waco and talking about life. I guess you could say it’s like an uplifting blog, beautiful written and designed, delivered to your doorstep each quarter.
What magazines do you reach for when you need a bit of inspiration? Any new magazines you can’t wait to get your hands on?