Finding inspiration in a digital world
It may surprise you to learn that most of my magazine and book reading happens on my iPad. Long gone are the days when I was excited to find a copy of a favorite magazine in my mailbox, making time to read and devour every page while curled up on the sofa, or in my reading chair.
These days, I follow favorites publications on social media and receive updates in my inbox. This lets me slowly roll into the day, or taking a few minutes at the end of any day... saving a recipe or finding myself inspired by a travel story. I'm always adding to my Pinterest board.
A list of my must follows
If your interests overlap with mine, you might discover a few new resources worth adding to your must read/follow list.
I'm wildly smitten with visual imagery. Below are a few ladies that inspire me beyond their photography. I'm intrigued by what they are doing:
- Soule Mama is the Taproot editor in chief's personal blog. Have you seen her homestead?!
- Valdirose is a B&B in Florence Italy. So dreamy that I find myself being influenced by their lifestyle. This isn't a surprise though... we dream of running a small lake resort someday.
- Country Road Living: It brings me a tiny bit of joy to follow creators before they are published. This gal is in the process of publishing a book. She shares photo sessions and editing via stories.
If only I could blend these three women's efforts to create something uniquely special.
Here are a few magazines I read and keep.
- Chalkboard Magazine: an online lifestyle magazine I visit weekly.
- Taproot: a quarterly publication focused on food, farm, family and craft.
- Edible Communities: I subscribe to several cities. I adore this community!
- Willow and Sage: focuses on homemade products. Each issue is filled with content. Bella Grace is a sister magazine that is equally wonderful. It reminds you to slow down and savor every season of life.
Shortly after moving to NJ I discovered the modern cookbook, part memoir/storytelling, part recipe sharing. The social media revolution has created an explosion in this category.
Here are just a few authors who have left an imprint on me:
- Homemade Gatherings: Ashley English is the author of a book series focused mostly on homesteading knowledge and entertaining.
- Green Kitchen Stories: A Swedish couple, vegetarian adventurers and recipe makers.
- At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Move over Betty Crocker.
Tomorrow I will visit Stone Barns for the Taste of Fall. I can't wait to walk the fields and meet the farmers, but first I need to survive tonight's dinner party.
With gratitude, Mari