5.22.20 Both Sides of Her Pages

Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.” – Soren Kierkegaard

I will never forget the first time I found out that I was to be published in Bella Grace Magazine, not only because it was a significant achievement for an unknown writer like me … but also because I was at a bit of a low point. It was in 2015, my husband was in graduate school, I was working full time and writing a lot, we had two small kids, and I decided to sacrifice what little I could to just barely “keep up.”

Sleep.

It turns out this was a very bad idea. It lead to exhaustion, anxiety, and heart palpitations that ended me up in the ER. It was right after I started to reclaim the essential parts of my life (like rest, the joy of giving yourself a minute, the necessity of learning how to say no, etc.) that I received word that I was accepted to write for Bella. It felt like the best gift … like a metaphorical symbol that I was headed in the right direction and life was offering me something beautiful for finally, “getting it.”

Even now, five years later, I still get that same joy. Every time I have the honor of seeing my words printed on these thick, image-rich, story-lined pages – my heart skips in the best … slow down and savor kind-of-way. I fell in love with this magazine as a reader, and like the quote says above, love has altered me, so that every time I write, I think, with profound gratitude, of what that tired, unwound version of me would need to hear. I think about what would bring her calm … what would ease her too-filled mind.

I believe Bella Grace Magazine is a tonic for the weary spirit in all of us, and every timeall the time … I am grateful to be on both sides of her pages.

All my love,

Elle

6 thoughts on “5.22.20 Both Sides of Her Pages

  1. I just found you in the latest issue and had to seek you out. The Absolutes. Brilliant words. #1 is my favorite. Love is always the point. This hits me so hard. Thank you!

  2. I don’t remember if I read an article from you before in Bella Grace but I saw you in the latest issue and I needed to say THANK YOU.
    Love and agree with all the absolutes but 1 and 5 are my two favorites and is something that I needed to be reminded.

    • Thank you so much! I’ve been really blessed to write for Bella Grace for the last five years, so I hope our path cross/have crossed. I’m so grateful you felt connected to the absolutes list! I too need to remind myself!

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