My Favorite Way To Practice Self Care

In 2016, I was introduced to my favorite obsession: Bella Grace.

My Favorite Way To Practice Self Care

I have never been one to browse through a magazine, let alone actually buy one. Something about them felt cheap, probably because I was so used to the comforting pages of a real book. My dear friend Kalli insisted on showing me their newest edition at Barnes and Noble. I had no idea at the time that this magazine would change my life.

My Favorite Way To Practice Self Care

During this season, I was newly married, newly chronically ill, and felt like my last sliver of hope was fading away. The physical pain became so unbearable that I rarely left the house. My husband couldn’t hold my hand because it felt like a knife was stabbing my palms. This wasn’t how my life was supposed to be. I was supposed be Jubilee: a walking celebration.

My Favorite Way To Practice Self Care

Bella Grace is a women’s magazine, made of thick stationary pages, that holds many lessons I needed. The biggest message? There is hope.

My Favorite Way To Practice Self Care

I flipped through the pages and found their mission statement:

“We believe: An ordinary life can be extraordinary, there is beauty in imperfection, and that magic can be found in the everyday.”

The moment I read this sentence, I knew that God had placed this in my hands. My life was riddled with imperfection, but I needed to learn how to find beauty in the midst of the cracks.

I couldn’t change my pain. I couldn’t change that for some reason I was suddenly so sick. But I could change how I approached it. I could change if I chose to let it swallow me whole. I purchased the latest edition and devoured it within 24 hours. There were tips on how to make the most of each day, stories of kindness, and prompts to get me writing again. I can say without a doubt that I would not have this blog if it wasn’t for Bella Grace.

My Favorite Way To Practice Self Care

It became a ritual for me to spend a few minutes every morning reading its pages. I decided that I needed to start each day with a fresh dose of hope and inspiration. As the months passed by, I began to dream again. I began to think about what I could make of this life despite my circumstances. I began to give myself grace as I faced the hardest challenge I had in life thus far.

Since the fall of 2016, I have not missed one issue of Bella Grace.

My Favorite Way To Practice Self Care

It may sound silly to attribute my renewed hope to a magazine found at the local Barnes and Noble, but I would be lying if I didn’t give it the credit it deserves.

Do you ever do an activity, watch a movie, or read a book and feel your body rise with hope? Do you ever see or read something so beautiful that it makes you believe that good exists? It somehow makes you believe that wonderful things are ahead of you? Only a few things have brought me this feeling: God, the song This Is Me, the movie Wonder, Moana, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Bella Grace. I can’t explain why these little things have such a big impact on me. I think it comes down to finding the things that make you feel the most alive. For me, Bella Grace brought my heart back to life when I needed it the most.

You can catch on their past issues here:

Spring 2017 | Summer 2017 | Fall 2017 | Winter 2017/2018 | Spring 2018 |Summer 2018 |Cozy Edition

What is your favorite way to practice self care?

My Favorite Way To Practice Self Care

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24 Comments

  1. Yes I love this magazine! I actually just wrote about gratefulness which I have made a part of my morning routine because that’s how I get the feeling of hope and joy and peace! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  2. Thank you for being so transparent about your story. I had no idea there were any good magazines left LOL. That’s awesome that it touched your life the way it did. There’s definitely some good podcasts (and chocolate) that bring me that awesome feeling 🙂

    1. Thank you so much!
      Chocolate is definitely a must for me as well! What is your favorite podcast?

  3. Reading this makes me happy ❤️ I completely understand some little things like some specific music, movies or a book give me hope and inspiration and they also lift me up like muse. Amazing post!! Definitely gonna check them out, I NEED Bella grace like now 😀💕

    1. You will love it! It has completely changed my life. What books/ songs give you inspiration? I am always looking for recommendations!:)

  4. I must admit, I don’t really have a go-to way to practice self-care…But I love how you personally found this magazine so inspiring. That’s awesome to have such a connection with an item, and you definitely made me want to go to my local bookstore to check out Bella Grace!

    Miles of smiles,
    Grace

    gracefulrags.com

  5. Those magazines look beautiful! I think paging through and reading magazines or books is a great way to relax and enforce self-care. I know my husband loves reading in his down time!

  6. I’m actually really excited to get this magazine. I may have put it on my Christmas list. I’m not sure if you heard of the show fixer upper but chip and Joanna have a really cute family and a couple of books. But the just came out well kinda recently with the magazine magnolia which is what there farm is called. They are super family based and the sweetest and funniest people I’ve ever seen on tv truly a family of love to be part of. https://www.magazine.store/the-magnolia-journal/?ordersrc=PMGSMGJ1A&utm_id=385|Google|m|1080812287|51758049494|0|316834565908&gclid=Cj0KCQiA6JjgBRDbARIsANfu58GcKlHL32YNIqCs-X3yHhpb8EGKllVDYn2Isb6gif4cYMiMPCPkD_kaAhzzEALw_wcB

  7. Writing is definitely my best way of practicing self-care. Life is always so chaotic and I often feel as my life doesn’t belong to me… but when I get to sit down and write – that’s my time to connect with my soul which is so rejuvenating!

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