2.08.2011

The Violet.

Is it weird that I have knots in my stomach I'm so nervous to announce this? Okay, well I do. 

So here's the story. You know how I write on occasion about working on some project and meeting with my friend Ashleigh every now and then but I couldn't really talk about it much? Well..I can finally talk about it! 

Dear wonderful, supportive, lovely blog friends - I am happy to formally introduce to you The Violet! The Violet is an online women's magazine for women trying to navigate their way throughout this big bad world. (It even says so on our "about" tab!). The idea came to me back in October when I came upon a bunch of new and awesome online magazines. I was so excited with the fact that people were coming up with these great new publications and they were being so well received. And I do have a slight obsession with magazines (seriously, I might even be called a magazine hoarder). I got the chance to work for San Francisco Magazine last year, and fell in love with all things publishing. I knew that I wanted to create a publication one day...I just didn't ever think it'd actually happen. 

Anyways - part of my me journey this past year and a half I've been blogging has been to learn to slow down, stop, and appreciate the moments. And also, to learn to create more of those moments. I'm a self-proclaimed pessimist and I often find myself digging some dark hole to climb into and hide when things get sticky or tough. I have found that there are times that I desperately need reminders and sometimes even an instruction manual on how to appreciate and acknowledge the little things, so as not to get swallowed up by focusing on the big things. So I thought, if I feel this way, there must be others who feel this way also. So why not create a magazine that focuses on living fully, moment by moment?

There are many magazines that I drool over. But I can't help but feel sometimes when I close them, that I'll never be able to achieve what they put out there because, well, I'm 23 (almost 24) years old, I have a part time job and I work for myself the rest of the time. I'm busy, stressed, and irritated at the fact that employment opportunities are few and far between. Essentially, I'm on a budget. But actually, being on a budget doesn't mean that you can't live a full and rich life! We maintain that with a little bit of creativity and a lot of heart, you can have your cake and eat it too! (it also says that in our "about" tab!).We want our readers to sit back, enjoy the issue, close it and feel inspired to go out and create moments and memories.

Sometimes I like to think of our publication as Martha Stewart's daughter publication - she loves crafts, and cooking, and being healthy, but there's a little edge to her. And hell, she sometimes struggles to pay the rent on her apartment, and can't spend hours upon hours creating the perfect centerpieces. :) 

The Violet will have sections on affordable ideas for crafts and projects, things to go out and do, issues that women deal with in today's world, culture, living healthy, fashion and personal style, and food (duh, you know there will be a food section if I'm involved) among other things. We've got a team of BRILLIANT contributors - many of whom you know and love - and I can't wait to introduce them all to you! And our first issue is set to come out *hopefully* by the end of next month or possibly early April!

Ashleigh and I have been working our tails off trying to launch the website and getting everything together for the first issue and we're so so so excited to be able to talk about this now. It makes it really real! I know this has been a crazy long post, so I'm gonna wrap it up and we can chat more about this later :)

But first, do me a favor. Check out The Violet and if it's something that you like...
follow us on twitter
and maybe our Tumblr blog also?
and like our Facebook page!
It would mean the world to me!

Also, check out our discussion question on our facebook page and under the "community" tab on the website. Send in what you feel to info@thevioletonline.com and we may feature your responses in our first issue. We really want this magazine to be something that young women in the blogging world connect with so we would love your involvement!

Thanks so much
xo.

27 comments:

  1. Needless to say, I love this.

    and I am so, so, so excited.

    xx

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  2. I am so so happy for you! I know you have talked a lot on the blog about your struggles figuring out what to do post-graduation, and I'm so happy you are chasing your dreams. That's unbelievably inspiring to all of us out here who are still trying to figure out what we want to do. I love magazines, and I can't wait to read yours. Based on the success of your blog, I can only imagine how amazing your magazine is going to turn out. I'm sure it will be just as heartfelt and wonderful as every inspiring post you blog about each day. I can't wait for the first issue! Congratulations :) xo

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  3. So excited :-) Bravo Camilla, bravo! You are the best business partner eva!

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  4. i am so excited for this!!! i am obsessed with martha stewart, hahaha. this sounds amazing. definitely EXACTLY like the magazine I would make if I was diving into the online publishing world :) you are awesome.

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  5. you know how i feel about this already.

    LOVE.

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  6. Oh my goodness woman...Amazing!! Congrats!! I can't wait for more. I absolutely love this. & you are definitely not the only one out there that needs to slow down and soak in the moments more. :)

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  7. Camilla,
    This is so exciting!

    You are truly an inspirational woman and I cannot wait to see what's in store. I loved so much about this post; but mostly, I loved it because you literally took the words from my own mouth more than once.

    Like I said...inspriational. You are beautiful and I am so happy/excited/grateful for you!

    xxoo

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  8. Sounds very promising!

    Only the best things are worth being nervous about...and this is definitely one of them. So enjoy those butterflies.

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  9. oh my gosh I just left the site and I want more, you are doing such a great job alrady and I can't wait for the first issue. & and your about section is so well written it draws you (readers) in, is that what you were going for?! totally naied it :)

    lots of luck to you both on this!

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  10. thanks for the sweet words everyone!! you've made my day!

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  11. Sooo beyond excited about this, good for you! I can't wait to see it all come together!

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  12. This is amazing Camilla!! I am so excited for you guys and so excited for this project! It's a phenomenal idea and something that many of us have been yearning for!

    Good luck! You have my support!

    xoxo

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  13. you rock star YOU. love it! xxx

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  14. this is so very cool
    great job camilla I just saw the website and It's very very amazing :)

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  15. How exciting!! I can't wait for the magazine to launch!

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  16. This sounds fantastic...I'm excited to check it out!

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  17. congratulations! this is awesome.

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  18. how great! congratulations on making your dreams a reality. can't wait to read it!

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  19. oh boy! err.. oh woman! i'm so proud of you and happy for you! bliss.

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  20. I am so excited about this project. I will be counting the days to read the first issue. Congratulations :)

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  21. Congratulations! This is amazing news. It's so great that you're able to just jump in and make things happen for yourself. That's a beautiful example for a lot of young women who can learn that it's possible to create their own success. Can't wait to see the project come to fruition.

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  22. Thank you thank you thank you everyone! I am so blessed to have all of your support!

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  23. Oh my goodness what a wonderful idea! I am so looking forward to your first issue.

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  24. Finally got around to catching up on your blog, LOVE LOVE this... I am so happy and excited for you!!

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xoxo

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