Happy April Goddesses!!
I hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend and are taking some much needed time for yourselves. Much like Christmas, Easter can be a particularly hard time of year for those who struggle with family issues, disordered eating and much much more. Make sure you truly take the time to check in and be kind to yourself and remember you’re worth. If you are having a hard time, I’ve linked to some incredible resources that might be able to help you at the bottom of this post.
Before I dive straight into what I want to talk about in this month’s Editor’s Letter, I just wanted to quickly recap on all of the juicy goodness that’s happened since last time we spoke. Those of you who follow Hook’s social media channels will know that The Goddess Issue FINALLY arrived last week and I could not be more overjoyed. I want to say thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart for all of the love and support you have shown towards the new issue so far. It’s been so overwhelming to hear how much you guys are loving it and I just cannot wait to continue this journey of more and more goddesses joining this truly worthwhile revolution. If you’re sharing your pics, make sure you tag @hook.magazine and use the hashtag #thegoddessissue - I wanna see and hear all about your favourite bits. Alternatively, comment at the bottom of this post and we’ll start a goddess conversation!
And for those of you who are yet to check out The Goddess Issue, this parts for you. Issue #3 of Hook Magazine is all about exploring the Goddess archetype to realign with modern-day women and the modern-day issues we face. If you think about it, many of the ideas society has about women today - or should I say what is often forced upon us, derive from the ideas and stories of original femmes and goddesses. And they are ancient!! We’re literally still abiding by social norms that were written forever ago and it’s bizarre and irrelevant. So by looking at the themes of the traditional Goddess archetype (Beauty, Femininity, Sexuality, Fertility, Virginity, Motherhood and Youth) and talking about them in contemporary ways - honouring how we actually feel, not how we think we’re supposed to, puts power back into women believing they can be goddesses. That it’s no longer an unattainable reality, because this is the reality - we are all goddesses. There some incredible features and interviews from cover-goddess - Gala Darling, Mel Wells, Chakrub’s Vanessa Cuccia and Jess Cochrane, plus loads, loads MORE. If you wanna feel more in touch with your divine feminine energy, here’s the link to check it out: http://hookmagazine.bigcartel.com/product/the-goddess-issue-3
Meanwhile, on the upcoming agenda, throughout April and May, I am opening up commissions for collages. If you’re a brand, a publication looking for some one-of-a-kind imagery or would like some beautiful art for personal use, I am available for two months only. I will be announcing more information regarding how to commission me over the coming week, but in the meantime you can check out my previous work (like the one at the top of this post) through my blog archive and all over the Hook website and social channels in general - all content is created originally and solely by myself. If you are interested in taking advantage of the time I have for external commissions over the next couple of months, please drop me an email with your concept and timeframe and I’ll get back to you with a quote and any other information relevant to your wishes. Please bare in mind that the work I generally produce for Hook Magazine includes a lot of crystals, space, 70s colour palettes and cosmic goodness but I am open to hearing your personal visions and creating something that works for your brand or taste. Please get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April definitely feels like a month of looking forwards. Looking forwards to the hopes of Spring, to the blooming of colour around us and to a lighter energy and optimism. April is the opening to the second quarter of the year and is a time where we generally begin to open ourselves up. It’s a time where we bulldoze full speed ahead to achieve our optimums before slowing down again for the heat of the summer. It’s an opportunity to let go of old belief systems and reassess the direction of our year. April is rebirth - how do you plan to remain present and mindful whilst looking to the future? I have been doing a lot of affirmations lately and I want to share with you one of my favourites. I originally got this affirmation from Gabby Bernstien’s 10 Ways to Slay as a Spiritual Entrepreneur and it’s one that’s completely resonated with me and what I want to achieve. I keep it written on a post-it note by my bed so I can see it every morning and night and it really has become a mantra I live by for wonderful things coming my way. Here it is:
“I welcome infinite possibilities and I’m open to receive.”
Affirmations are brilliant practice for staying present whilst thinking about your future. The way you create affirmations is to think about what you want from the universe or from your job or relationship etc and write them as if you already have that thing. You have to write them in the present tense so you begin to believe the goal is within your reach and within your reality. And believe that it will be become your reality if you familiarise yourself with it enough. Write it endless times in your journal, say it to yourself in the mirror - deeply looking into your own eyes, make it your phone background so you see it all of the time. Artist Gabriella Rosie, who I interviewed in my Make Magick Happen series back in January is big on affirmations - I have one of hers saved as my phone background so I’m always remembering to “meet the universe halfway”. There are endless ways to incorporate affirmations into your life. Even if you don’t really believe what you’re affirming yet, by surrounding yourself and your mind to the positivity of it all will really begin to altar your perception of doubt. Try it today and keep at it - magic won’t happen over night but it’s worth it in the long-run.
To finish up this month’s Editor’s Letter, I’m introducing a new segment that gives a little insight into what I’ve been recently giving my attention. Perhaps it’ll give you some inspiration for your next binge-read or bath-time listening. Enjoy…
What I’ve been listening to:
The Serpent Cast Podcast.
Sara Tasker’s Hashtag Authentic Podcast.
Princess Nokia’s 1992 album.
What I’ve been watching:
Gala Darling’s Wonderland Sessions.
The Crown (Netflix).
What I’ve been reading:
The Power Is Within You by Louise Hay.
Laura Jane Williams’ weekly Red Column.
Achey Breaky Heart Zine’s Identity Issue.
Where I’ve been:
The Goddess Issue launch party; duh.
Lots of work dates at Farm Girl, Carnaby.
Useful resources if you’re needing support this Easer:
BEAT Support Services for Eating Disorders on Twitter (DM’s open 3pm-10pm 7 days a week): https://twitter.com/BeatEDSupport
Samaritans Hotline: 116 123
Childline Hotline for Under 19s (number won’t show up on phone bill): 0800 1111
Refuge 24-Hour Hotline (advice and support for dealing with domestic abuse): 0808 2000 247
Family Lives (advice on all aspects of parenting including bullying): 0808 800 2222