The Beginnings of Pure Design Magazine…

Pure Design Magazine was birthed out of my desire to write, and my love and passion to mentor teen girls!  Along with this, I have a daughter who is a fashion freak, and who desires to be a fashion designer one day.  I was drying my hair in my bathroom one morning, and I heard the Lord whisper to my heart, what IF, you took your passion for writing and mentoring and married it with your daughter’s love for fashion, and you created a magazine for teen girls?  What if?

Within a week or so I mentioned this to a friend of mine who owns a photography business with her husband.  She has a very crafty “Martha Stewart” type daughter.  Her eyes lit up, and she was so excited to mention it to her daughter, who in turn was ecstatic!  I was amazed that someone really wanted to do this with me!  A week after that, I was having breakfast with another friend of mine, and telling her about the magazine idea, and she welled up with tears sharing she had always wanted to start a girl’s magazine, and asked if she could be a part?  Her daughter soon jumped on board.  Other girls within our youth group soon chimed in adding their excitement and ideas to mine.

Within a month, we had a brainstorming meeting, and we were on our way!!  Since then, the summer has been filled with photo shoots, crafting for photo shoots, writing, divine connections, and an amazing Release Party just last week. People are writing and asking how they can be a part, girls are wanting to join in and be part of brainstorming and writing and photography, and the momentum that is growing is absolutely amazing to me!!  I never imagined overseeing a magazine – especially one including fashion, crafting and thrifting… (and hot glue guns 🙂 – that’s another story) but it has been a blast! The people that God has gathered so far, have absolutely amazed me, and I know He is going to continue to add to this group with even more!  I am so excited as I sit here, just days away from the launch of our first issue, realizing this thing may get a whole lot bigger than I ever imagined. I am holding on, and willing to do whatever God initiates.  To think this all started with a question – What if?

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