Bella Grace

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Have you heard of Bella Grace? Or, more importantly, held it in your hands? It's a hefty tome, with lux paper pages, deep colors, and lovely words. It's like a compilation of your favorite blogs, in print.

I have a treat for you today. I've teamed up with Bella Grace to give a copy of the winter issue of this beautiful magazine to one of you, yes you* (UPDATE: yes, really you: this is no longer limited to US readers). Maybe it could be a Christmas present to yourself? [This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Veronica for winning, and thanks to all who entered!]

One of the first essays I read was this gorgeous piece by Samantha Heather, who writes about that particular feeling of home, wherever and in whatever one might find it.

Leigh Miller's how-to for embracing cabin fever is well-timed, and I'm sure I'll revisit it as we go deeper into the cold. I find myself picking up the magazine and flipping through it, landing here and there, reading snippets, catching new things every time I open its pages. This is a magazine for browsing, for revisiting, and for digging into when the time is right.

Bella Grace is also a workbook, with writing prompts, space to write, and nudges toward creations of our own. The editors seem to invite us to participate in the creation of the magazine, to make it our own with pen and ink (or pencil and a few eraser marks).

There's a subtle theme running through the pages of Bella Grace. It's a sense one gets, in the way of the best kind of themes. A resonating, a recognizing, a somehow silent yet resoundingly clear I see you, and you are lovely. 

Some words and a photo of my own are in this issue. I write about movement, about feeling most alive while moving, while in motion. 

I'm curious, where do you feel most alive? If you'd like, tell me in the comments by way of entering the giveaway. I'd love to know. (Feel free to just say "hello," if you'd prefer.)

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below along with an email address. This giveaway will be open until the end of the day on the 26th. [This giveaway is now closed.]

*One small, unfortunate note: this contest is open to U.S. residents only. But! I'd still love to hear from you if your home is elsewhere. UPDATE: This is open to everyone, wherever you are in the world!


  1. not to be rude but can i enter the giveaway, despite that i am not US resident, if i pay the shipping cost myself if i should be so incredibly lucky to win...please??:)
    two of my favourite people are feautered in this issue so i would soooooo badly like to own a copy of this specific one.

    i definitely feel most alive when i am in nature.
    it would be lovely to hear where YOU feel most alive too :)

    i also wanted to wish you the most wonderful Christmas
    to thank you for all the inspiration and soulf food you have shared in here. i love
    visiting and look forward to keep in touch with you in the new year too.

    Vibeke xx

    1. The US restriction is a little, well, restrictive! I'm going to see what I can do about offering a second issue for international readers. I'll send you a copy myself if it comes down to it!

      Oh, there's nothing like nature to bring life to the soul.

      I feel most alive while moving--while in motion. While doing anything from washing dishes/doing laundry to riding a bicycle or even riding a bus/train or driving a car. I tend to get stuck in one place, and sometimes I get stuck moving--I just keep going--but I'd rather get stuck in motion than stuck in stillness...usually!

      Love to you, Vibeke!

  2. I recently discovered that magazine. It's a lovely one. Had a little correspondence with the editor to tell her so. Like V I feel very alive in nature, but also painting, in the studio, behind the easel, over old paper at the art desk. Oh, and at the ocean. I feel very alive at the sea shore. Right now I'm away form my Pacific Northwest in Oxfordshire UK and I must admit it takes me a little bit to get used to being landlocked. XO


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