I received an exciting birthday gift last week, something I alluded to last month as happening in September. Well, so I thought. I can now comfortably suggest that you check out the October 1 issue of Woman’s Day, available on some newsstands and in some mailboxes NOW. It’s the one with this cover:
Immediately turn to pages 80-82 (you can read all the other great stuff later) and jump up and down (yes, it counts as exercise) when you see this article:
After much squeeing over the wonders of professional photo editing techniques, continue jumping up and down when you see TWO additional articles from bloggers you may recognize: Audrey of Barking Mad and Hollie, who most of us know as SkinnyHollie. Their articles are so poignant and powerful that I was overcome with the snifflies.
My article, on the other hand, is an amplification of my blog post a few months ago on judging. The editors at WD liked it, for some reason, and asked me to expand on the theme for this edition of the magazine, which features some great articles on obesity, it’s causes and some practical solutions for every-day real life.
I received two complimentary preview copies of WD last week, and I’ve been itching to share since then. Today I received my subscription copy, so I figured it was “safe” to blog about.
This was my first time to submit an article for publication (but not my first time for a Woman’s Day mention), and I learned a lot. Mostly that I have a whole lot to learn about writing magazine articles. Here, I just write about whatever I want, knowing that 99.99% of the 15 people reading it are also engaged in a similar quest for life improvement. Writing for a wider audience is…
excruciating different. But I’m really grateful to have had the experience of it!
And you can bet your bottom dollar that my bio has been updated to include “…has been published in Woman’s Day.”
I’m not sure how I feel having my name and website in print. A little…exposed, actually, especially with family members knowing where to find me now, but as with the mention on That’sFit earlier this month, if it speaks to someone and creates a desire for positive change, I guess it’s worth it. Time will tell. (note to family members: Don’t feel it necessary to visit here often, and do NOT go prowling through the archives!*)
Oh, and a funny note about the photo, which I thought was going to be tiny, thumb-nail sized. WD asked for an updated photo and needed it fairly quickly. My neighbor and I thought we had a good shot, but I was even more squinty-eyed than normal. By the time I realized that, she had company, so I took this photo using my self-timer on my digital camera and my paint ladder. The heat index was 115° and I was outside dragging a paint ladder all over the place trying to find a good spot. That wistful expression on my face says, “Please let this one not be horrible.”
Now, if I can just get WD to send me enough $$$ to get my teeth as white and my skin as clear as they are in the photo.
So check out the magazine, if you’d like. If you have a teensy frame, you could even clip out my photo and frame it for your desktop. Or heck, I have the original (along with 142 similar poses) and can send you a full 8×10 size. For only $29.95 (or three easy payments of $14.95), frame not included.
If you’re new here from WD, I wish I could assure you that I’m not normally this silly. But I can’t. I embrace silly and try to BE silly at least 15 minutes per day. It keeps me young. Ish. And you’re just in time to sign up for the drawing for a copy of I’m With Fatty, by Edward Ugel. Click HERE to enter your name!
(*Family, you know I’m kidding and that I love you. But if you have other things you’d rather be doing….)