Spreading Self Love in NYC

If you follow me on ANY of my social media accounts then I’m sure you’re aware that I spent Monday in New York City with my business partners spreading awareness about The Indie Chicks, Indie Chick Magazine, and our IndieGoGo campaign. It was simultaneously exhausting and amazing and I am still riding the high of it.

10385585 10152622875283486 6687964121781414724 n Spreading Self Love in NYCFor those of you who aren’t aware, we are running an Indie GoGo campaign to fund our Fall print issue of Indie Chick Magazine. The lovely way that printing works is that payment is required up front payment (understandable) but Barnes & Noble won’t pay us for our currently print edition until after it’s shelf life (in September). So, we don’t get paid for current until after the Fall has to be printed. Which leaves us in a start up business limbo of needing help to fund this next one so we can get on a cycle of print/payment.

If our campaign is not a success we do not go to print, it’s that simple. So, we decided to get proactive and hit the streets to bring awareness to the mainstream media’s tendency to put women down and stress why our magazine is so needed-because we don’t. We got an amazing write up in the New York Daily News on Sunday to make people aware of our intentions for the next day, which was awesome. There’s something about seeing yourself in print that just gives you a jolt.

10600372 971961636163723 7711421085704247634 n Spreading Self Love in NYCWe got decked out in black, pinned traditional headlines across our bodies with messages of self doubt, shame, and the message that you need to change and hit the streets. I’m not going to say it was easy to pin things like ‘TOO FAT’ or ‘LOSE 7 LBS” or other derogatory things like “STOP AGING” or “FIX YOURSELF” all over my body and walk the New York City streets from 7am-4pm but that’s what I did.

The  support was pretty amazing from everyone I talked to. People who came up to say “I agree” or people who came up to ask if they could take pictures of or with me and asked about our message and what they could do to help it along.

When push comes to show, my business partners and myself were not going to sit behind a desk and just ask people to give us money to save our magazine. We KNOW we have something phenomenal and we’re not giving up until everyone else knows it as well.

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It’s hard to change the voice of media in an industry where women have come to accept the negative messages they are receiving from long established magazines. It’s hard to do it with a team of 3 women (no matter how determined, badass, and motivated they are). It’s not an easy task we’re taking on but we HEAR YOU when you say you NEED US. We believe that we are the voice that should be heard. We want to continue to be that…and so there we are, on the streets, hearts on our sleeves (and everywhere else on our bodies) asking you to help us.

PLEASE contribute to our campaign, share the campaign link, share this post, and spread the message so we can keep a positive voice for women #ontheshelves where it belongs!


It’s Got Nothing to Do With You

Have you ever had people who check in with you, over and over, to make sure that your relationship is okay? Who is positive that everything you do is in direct relation to them and their lives. Oh, I can’t stress enough how much that isn’t true.

In response to those joyful people here is a list of things that I do, or don’t do, that have absolutely NOTHING to do with you—I promise.

It’s Got Nothing to Do with You

My Inability to Pick up the Phone Every Time You Call

I assure you, this has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the fact that I have a life. The same goes for not immediately answering a text message. In fact, if I don’t answer a text message in 5 minutes and then you call to make sure I have seen said text message…then my only problem with you is that you’re stalking me! I’m usually really great about getting back to people in a timely fashion but sometimes I’m mid cooking, showering, or otherwise busy and can’t get to the phone immediately.

When I Have to Cancel Plans

Again, I cannot stress how much this does not have to do with you. If I didn’t want to get together with you, I wouldn’t have made the plans in the first place. If I’m canceling plans it’s because I’m sick, or an emergency came up, or some other event caused me to have to alter my schedule. I promise to try not to do it to you often and that I feel bad about it, but it’s not about you personally-I swear.

My Dislike of Things You Love

I am strange. I hate things most people love and love things most people hate. I have never seen Star Wars but I live for bad SyFy movies. So if I hate the kind of music you love, the food you enjoy, or the past times that you live for…don’t take it personally. It’s not about you! It’s called having different interests and being an individual.

When I Say I’m Busy

This isn’t a blow off. It’s not me trying to avoid speaking to you, getting together with you, or rush you off the phone. I am legit busy, like always. You are a priority to me. I have made you one by keeping you in this crazy hectic life of mine. Trust me when I say that I don’t have time to waste in this life of mine so I cut the dead weight and if you’re around it’s because you are special to me. So, no, I’m not mad at you or avoiding you, I am just genuinely and completely busy.

It’s hard sometimes to remember to keep things in perspective. You never know what is going on with other people, what is happening in their lives, but don’t assume that their actions are a reflection on how they feel about you. You can always ask, once tops, if things are okay between you both but remember that if they say yes–believe them!

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