Today's post is part of a segment on Positively Present called "Positive Change." Posts labeled "Positive Change" are featured periodically on Positively Present and will highlight the people, websites, and organizations that are striving to make the world a more positive place. Today's post features a new magazine, Wild Sister, launched by Jen of My Smiling Heart. [Full disclosure: I'm an Assistant Editor for the magazine and you can find one of my articles in the first issue.]
I'm a big fan of magazines -- both the online kind and the hard copy kind -- so I was thrilled when I learned about Wild Sister, a new online magazine created to inspire women. The magazine features artists, poets, writers, travellers, coaches, nurses, and bloggers and it focuses on inspiring and empowering women everywhere. When Jen came to me to tell me of her new venture, I was thrilled to be a part of it. Empowering women (and people in general!) is so important to me -- as is offering words of wisdom and inspiration -- so it was a no brainer to decide to get involved in Jen's project.
So what is a wild sister? According to Jen, the term "wild sister" can be summed up like this:
Being wild means embracing your light, and your dark, to be your complete, beautiful, perfectly imperfect self. Being a sister means connecting with your kiup, sharing your truth, and standing together. Being a wild sister means listening to your heart and following your dreams.
It means living your passion, loving yourself unconditionally, and being a force of good in this world. It means believing in yourself, no matter what others say or how many challenges the world throws at you. It means letting go of the past, embracing the present, and trusting that everything happens for a reason. It means facing your fears, making mistakes, and creating your own path in life.
It means speaking your truth, and liberating others to do the same. It means being real, authentic, and free. It’s standing barefoot on the grass, dancing amongst the trees, singing from your soul, chasing rainbows, and howling at the moon. It’s jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. It’s all this, and so much more.
The first issue of the magazine -- which can be yours for only $2 -- features articles that support Jen's idea of what it means to be a wild sister. Articles like "10 Ways to Fly Beyond Creative Dream Fears and Frustrations," "Claiming Sacred Space: Living in the Here and Now," and "The Art of Listening to Your Heart" will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to live out your life as a wild sister.
What I love most about Wild Sister is the magazine's ability to combine the wildness we all feel from time to time -- a restless, almost insatiable passion for living -- with the need to be close and committed to one another in a bond of sisterhood. For many women, there is often a struggle between the wildness and the sisterhood, but Jen's magazine, thanks to all of the great contributions, brings these two forces together and shows us how that can coexist rather than contradict.
If you're interested in downloading a copy (and you should!), check out the Wild Sister website. It's a $2 definitely worth spending! And come be wild with me and the other sisters on Twitter, Facebook, and via the Wild Sister Newsletter.