Sunday, February 12, 2017

I'm going to be completely honest with you....Me and my husband are completely in love with Fixer Upper and the amazing Gaines family. Their style is something made of magic and their hilarious relationship is something I hope me and Matthew will have someday. I happened to be perusing the magazine section looking for anything interesting, when I came across The Magnolia Journal. I have been following Chip and Joanna on social media and their blog for quite some time, but I had no idea they had a magazine!

This magazine is more than just that. It has been a source of inspiration for both me and Matthew. The perfectly styled images, the amazing recipes, and the thick stock of the pages make this magazine more like a journal or book of sorts. On the very first page Joanna's Letter from the Editor cultivated imagery in my mind and I was immediate ready to soak in every last page in this book.

Throughout the journal you'll find tips for simplicity, the importance of fruitful friendships, and inspiring stories of heroic people. But something on the very last page struck a chord with me. The Magnolia Manifesto is one of the most beautiful, well written, to-the-point. pieces I have ever read.
It's reads:

"We believe that newer isn't always better and there is something inherently good in hard work. We believe that friends who feel like family are the best kind of friends and that nothing matters more than family. We believe that today is a gift and that every day miracles are scattered about if only we have eyes to see them.

We believe in seeking the balance between hustle and rest and striving to be passionate about both: a leisurely cup of coffee to start the day mindfully and then at day's end not clocking out from a job till you're proud. We believe that failure needn't be a negative thing; rather, we learn from our mistakes and fail smarter next time. We believe in doing work that we love and, in choosing that, nudging others toward doing what they love.

We believe in courage, in cartwheeling past our comfort zones and trying something a little bit scary every day. We believe that it's time for the pendulum of trend to swing back to the basics, We believe in subtle beauty, the kind that doesn't deteriorate with age or wear. And of all heroic pursuits large or small, we believe there may be none greater than a life well loved"

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