Magazine of the Moment: Success

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It’s been a while since I have done a Magazine of the Moment post (you can check out the past ones here) but I felt like this was a good time to do this particular magazine.

Success Magazine is marketed towards entrepreneurs, but it’s really a great read for any professional. The magazine covers self improvement, leadership, and ways to find happiness and (wait for it) success.

I say it’s a good time to spotlight this magazine because now that I’m healthy I’m starting to look back at going into the workforce. I’m borderline well, which means it’s time to get a proper plan in place. I prefer magazines like this for inspiration than those like Inc. because I find the articles more digestible and the topics more suited for people of different walks of life. We can’t all be CEO’s.

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Magazine of the Moment: Belong

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I’ve been reading more magazines than books, mostly because my attention span has been shot lately. But I’ve had a ton of quality reading material either way! I snatched this copy up at Barnes & Noble. It’s a magazine based around social media marketing! In other words it was a honey trove of information and beautiful pictures. (Which is what social media is all about right?)

This issue focused on the topic of hospitality, both on and offline. It talks about big blogger and entrepreneur events, hosting people, and how to treat people online to make them feel welcome. It had one article that talked about forming the kind of online relationships that last which struck a chord with me.

This magazine was only issue five, so it’s still fairly early on. I’m thinking about going back and buying at least one or two of the earlier issues once I get paid for the month!

Magazine of the Moment: Collective Hub

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Back at it again with new magazines. I’ve told ya’ll about how much I love magazines. I think they’re beautiful, and they combine almost everything I love: writing, photography, layout, and good content.

This one is no different. It’s full interviews and profiles of professionals of all different kinds, including artists, fashion, and tech. It was a real gem to find at Barnes & Noble, then again the following month. It’s also Australian! So that’s neat. Continue reading

A Fashion Magazine with Substance:

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It’s magazine season- well I read them year round, but something about airplane rides for summer traveling and laying out really makes me need them when it’s hottest.

I love just about any paper publication if I’m being honest (electronic ones too- bloggers don’t fear). But flipping through something is just such a rewarding feeling. My main problem? I don’t feel our current magazines always hold a lot of substance- mainly, fashion magazines. I don’t want to lose thirty pounds in two weeks (that doesn’t sound healthy) and I don’t want to read another article about which clothes fit my body type when there, are in fact, more than five body types.

It’s hard to find in the current market, at least in the mainstream. Fashion blogs are great for inspiration, but I want more points of views. I just want real articles in my magazines… is that too much to ask?

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Inspiration Book Pages:

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Simply Smash-ing. That’s my attempt at crafting humor. I have a personal smash-book/scrapbook, but somehow this magazine clipping one has been much more fun for me. I call it my inspiration book because it’s to collect quotes and images that inspire me. Whether they inspire my hair cut, hobbies, lifestyle, or clothing is up for grabs.

I use just about every kind of magazine there is, from Vogue to Anthropologie catalogs to Wake Forest Alumni magazines- the possibilities are unlimited. If you can’t afford to buy your own reach out to friends, because after about a year people start dumping their old issues!

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Success, Entrepreneurship, & Branding

IMG_1694I’ve been reading everything that I can get my hands on about success, branding, and entrepreneurship lately. Which in the blogging world isn’t too far reached. However, I’m not planning to turn this blog into a business. I would love at some point to be able to make a little money off of it, but it’s not what I have in mind for my career. My focus over the last few years have been in graphic design, or more so layout. After working for my school’s newspaper and the literary magazine I found my fit. I have an eye for design and a heart for creativity. I’m a design minor with a concentration in photography and an English major. I love practical creativity and luckily I’ve felt our world shift towards it in the past few years.

So even though I’m not planning to start my own business, entrepreneurship is great to read up on. It gives you so many levels of inspiration and wisdom. It also teaches a lot of about work ethic and personal scheduling. Here are the main lessons I’ve gathered:

  • Success comes from the mouths of those who dare to push the limits.
  • Loving your work isn’t enough, you have to live it as well.
  • Balancing everything rest and go time is important to keep sane.
  • Make time to build relationships in your industry and out.
  • Inspiration has to be refreshed daily.
  • You can’t make everything you love into successful work, but you can love your work.
  • Adapt to everything. Be flexible in the details not the big picture.
  • Till you try you’ll never know.

Maybe the drive behind the branding side of it comes from finally knowing myself front and back. I know that the degree of self-awareness will shift as I change, but now that I’ve got the basics down I can handle a change in details. Maybe now that I’ve figured myself out I’m free to share who I am with the world.