Every single time there is a new launch of an issue, I get butterflies. What will people think? Will they love it? Will they see themselves within the pages? Will they appreciate what we've put together? It's heart racing and terrifying and completely worth it. There is nothing I love more than getting to tell the stories that we tell within the pages of our magazine. To get to share these personal stories is humbling to me.
The theme behind this issue is "strength" and with that, I have to acknowledge just how strong every single writer of every single story we've had (both in the magazine and on the blog) has been. It's tough to open yourself up and be vulnerable. To allow your darkest secrets out into the world in the hopes of shedding light and providing support. It takes guts. It takes courage. It takes strength.
Strength is defined as, "a good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing." It's a quality that I so admire in another person, the quality that I admire in our writers, the quality that I admire in each of you who takes the time to read these stories and share them with your friends and family.
Together, you are helping us to start much needed conversations. I'm so delighted to invite you to now visit our shop and purchase Issue 9 in print or digital. Grab a cup of coffee (or wine), cozy up, and get ready to dig into something inspiring.
- Sarah Hartley, Editor in Chief