One thing I’ve learned in my life is that most of us are looking for reassurance that we aren’t alone.
Whether it’s a personality trait you worry is odd, a penchant for the unusual, or difficult life circumstances, we just want someone to say “Me too!” or “I know just how you feel.”
This is something I learned as a teenager, when I chose Jane Austen and knitting over nights out with friends. I longed for someone who would sit next to me with some yarn and knitting needles, ready to talk about Emma Woodhouse or Elizabeth Bennet. Surely I wasn’t the only 14-year-old who preferred to spend her time this way.
Bella Grace began as a series of “Me too’s!” shared between Kellene Giloff, the President of Stampington & Company, and myself. We both had a similar outlook on life and similar passions. It was comforting, and we knew there were others like us out there. We wanted to start a magazine that was filled with women who found overwhelming pleasure from the simple things in life. They were women who, despite difficult circumstances, continued to seek out life’s beauty. Women who shared and celebrated their unique quirks. Women who wanted to support other women.
We knew we achieved our goal when we received letter after letter from women connecting with Bella Grace. Many compared reading the stories to having heartfelt conversations with a close friend. That we are able to provide comfort and company to women around the world is something we are extremely proud of.
From the pages of the magazine and into real life, “Bella Grace” has become somewhat of a person to Kellene and me. She savors life — from that first sip of her morning coffee to the 15 minutes to read in bed she steals for herself each night. She doesn’t find it funny that you like taking pictures of your feet all over town because she enjoys the very same thing. She writes letters — real, handwritten ones — to her friends. She stays up all night talking to you about how lovely it would be to pack up her things and move to a small town where she can live a quiet life.
Most of all, she is there for you when you need her most. Bella Grace is all of us.
Editor-In-Chief, Bella Grace Magazine