In 2016, I was introduced to my favorite obsession: Bella Grace.
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.
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.
Bella Grace is a women’s magazine, made of thick stationary pages, that holds many lessons I needed. The biggest message? There is hope.
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.
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.
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.
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What is your favorite way to practice self care?
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