Why A Life Connected 365?
Looking back at my childhood, long before the internet existed, I can remember my mother buying Family Circle and Woman’s Day magazines. She purchased these magazines at the grocery store and enjoyed reading them in what little downtime keeping a house and raising two daughters allowed. When Mom wasn’t reading the magazines, I would peak inside and check out some of the articles. There were delicious looking recipes, home decor tips, health advice, new beauty products to try and articles about interesting people. I remember that the magazines didn’t simply cover one subject, but what appeared to me to be everything a modern woman needed to know. I read an article recently that said the publisher of Family Circle shut down the magazine after its December 2019 issue was published. After 87 years of being the center of information, recipes, and fun for many women the magazine was shut down.
How Has the World Changed ?
Certainly, those magazines have been mostly replaced by the internet. These days rather than flipping through a magazine, I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest for recipes and living room paint colors. I spend Saturday mornings watching Youtube videos of women decorating their homes for the holidays and motivating me to clean my home. I scroll Instagram for ways to style my outfits during my lunch break at work. And a new favorite is watching Tik Tok videos created by doctors sharing skincare advice before I fall asleep each night. Oftentimes, I gather the pulse of social issues while observing articles shared on Facebook and quick quips on Twitter. The way we consume information has changed, but the information that we enjoy to read has not.
Why A Life Connected Now ?
I have had a lot of time to think during the pandemic. Pre-pandemic I was a busy mom always running kids from activity to activity. With everything cancelled, I had the time to think about what really matters in life. Family and friends were at the top of the list. I think they are at the top of most lists. I also observed that the art of conversation seems to be fading. Rather than long conversations happening early in the morning or later at night (when the rates were cheaper) most of us send quick texts throughout the day. It’s rare to have meaningful conversation via text, especially if you have slow fingers. I’ve also noticed from my experience at my office that when I ask folks questions they often get defensive. A question seems to be an invasion of privacy rather than a way to get to know someone better. I wonder why and when we changed?
It feels like we are all seeking connections while struggling with our disconnected world. I want to bring conversation back and I want to use A Life Connected 365 to do that. We can talk about fun subjects like beauty and birthday parties and have more meaningful conversations about today’s social issues. We can encourage each other to take that vacation we have put on hold for years. We can embrace our femininity and the power we all have within ourselves. We can encourage, motivate, and most importantly have conversations about what brings us joy no matter how big or small the issue. I welcome everyone to the conversation. Diversity of age, race, background, and who you love are all important to our conversations. We don’t learn and grow if we only talk to people who agree with us.
It’s time to bring meaningful conversation to the internet. Some of my best friends are actually folks that I have met through writing my other website Juggling Real Food and Real Life. Others are people I have met through business relationships. I really think these are incredible people and without diving deeper into conversation, I would never have gotten to know them. Some of them you will meet here as contributors. Each one I value greatly as a friend. It’s time to shine the spotlight on women and their friendships and I am beyond excited to get started. I encourage you to read our articles and leave comments. Each comment will be cherished. I encourage frank conversation, but each comment must lead with kindness towards one another. There are so many things I want to know about people and causes and I know I am going to be asking plenty of questions.
“Let’s start the conversation”. What issues matter to you? What do you do for fun? Are you familiar with Woman’s Day and Family Circle magazine? What do you think about A Life Connected 365’s attempt to connect people during such disconnected times? Is it even possible?
Note: As you can see, we are still building our site. Some of the functions of the website are not yet fully functional. I thought about waiting till everything was finished, but I just can’t wait anymore to get the conversation started. Welcome to the beginning of something special. Talk to you soon! – Christina