I hate magazines. I can never find one that really speaks to me in an authentic way.
I can't stand celeb culture ones so I don't even look at them, but fashion and lifestyle magazines always leave me feeling a bit empty. They feed a feeling that I'm not fashionable enough, not thin enough, not beautiful enough, not going to exciting enough places, that I don't have enough money to buy the 'must have' clothes and products, or that the stuff I actually own is not at all cool any more. That the people gracing the pages ARE all those things and that the fun is happening elsewhere.
Of all people I should know better, when I was fresh out of uni I worked at a top PR agency in London and saw with my own eyes that there was an agenda behind the scenes. Of course there were exceptions - but often, those clothes and products making the magazine and newspaper hot lists were the ones that either paid the most in advertising fees, took the journalists on the best jollies and gave them the most freebies. I saw beauty journalists being shipped off in groups to the Bahamas and the world's best health spa's for free by the brands we all have on our bathroom shelves.
I stopped reading magazines altogether. But a short time ago, I decided I'd like to see what was out there so I googled 'best magazines for mums' and was horrified at the page one results. The list was all about either PARENTING, COOKING food or HOUSEKEEPING. What the f***!!...
Glaring at me from the screen was the instruction to "relax, unwind and escape reality" with a reading list that included Mother & Baby, Ideal Home, Good Housekeeping, Woman & Home, House Beautiful to name a few.
Why would looking after my children, cooking and making a nice home be top of my list when looking to "relax and unwind". I'm not saying that I don't want to do these things... BUT WHAT ABOUT ME AS A HUMAN? HAVE I BECOME INVISIBLE? IS IT REALLY 2018?
What I want to read about is how I can take care of myself, and that ultimately means that I can better take care of others too. I want to read about how to manage my tiredness, increase my energy and get better emotional balance. I want to read about how I can become a healthier version of myself - nourishing my body and mind. I want to feel connected to other women in a similar life stage and be inspired about ways that I can impact the world we live in.
As a holistic therapist I understand the importance of looking at emotional and physical wellbeing of a person as a WHOLE. I see clients day in and day out at my therapy practice in Cheshire (The Rehab Room Thelwall). They say coming to me is more than just a massage or reflexology treatment, it's emotional therapy. Alongside the happy and funny stories of family life, I hear about the moments of frustration, exhaustion and see tears surface as part of the release because there's few safe places we can get that release without being worried about sounding selfish or ungrateful for everything we've got. I feel the connection and it's why I love supporting women in the way that I do.
With all this in mind, I decided in that moment that I googled 'best magazines for mums' that if I couldn't find what I needed then I'd create it myself. Not just for myself, but for my clients and anyone, local or not that wants access to the same information. Other contributors are already joining me, sharing their thoughts about our real lives, the things we love and ways to make our lives a little bit more manageable and fun. There'll be free resources including MP3 relaxation downloads and how-to guides coming as we grow.
To reach out directly email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.