Sometimes you have an idea that starts in that perfect space between asleep and awake.
It’s somewhere between a thought and a dream. Many times it stays there, or at best, we jot it down, mention it to a friend.
And then there are the ones that sink their teeth in.
You just can’t let go of them, and they won’t let go of you.
I love helping people connect. You’re working on making a movie? Oh hey, I know a few actors. You want to self publish a book? Let me introduce you to my friend who does freelance editing. Just opened a new yoga studio? Well, I know someone who does amazing murals…you should meet her. Besides writing, connecting with others is how I feel most creative.
(And really, what is writing but another form of connection?)
So as I’ve seen this happening over and over, I asked myself, “How could I do this on a large scale? I know so many wonderfully creative people…and they know creative people, and so on. How can I help them all connect?”
Enter Be You Media Group.
The wonderful thing about independent media and creative projects is that they stay fresh and authentic. The downside is that often they are unable to connect with the resources they need or reach the audience that will benefit the most.
The goal of the magazine is to share content that fosters this ideal of creative independence, and gives support and encouragement to those who are looking to create their most authentic life.
Editor-in-Chief, Brandie Smith is a writer, poet, editor, InPowerment Coach, energy healer and graceful warrior. Her purpose in life is to work with people to help them cultivate and nurture their unique gifts and passions to create a brilliant and meaningful life. After a brief five-year dalliance as a lawyer, Brandie decided to follow her free spirit and spends her days writing, living fiercely and peeling away the layers to expose her most vulnerable and raw spirit. She has published articles on Elephant Journal, SomeTalk of You & Me and is currently working on a book of soul-fire haiku poetry. Brandie loves dancing in the mystery, living on the edge, making her own rules and finding beauty in all moments. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Contributing Editor, Amy Cushing is a stay-at-home mom, yoga teacher, and writer who is bravely navigating the waters of parenting with her ever-patient husband and two small tots who run the asylum. She is a writer and editor for Be You Media Group and a contributing writer for elephant journal. She also gives her two cents on her website. Connect with Amy via Facebook or Twitter.
Contributing Editor, Jenn Grosso hails from a far and distant land impervious to the mundane and the conventional. Her eclectic interests always begin with an overwhelming curiosity, which catapults her into fanatical investigations and explorations. With a penchant for all things beautifully extraordinary, Jenn recognizes the importance of honoring her shadow self and the medicine of everything around her. Embracing her inner sacred creative, Jenn plays host to the dance of shadow and light, while smiling at the fleeting nature of it all.
Shamelessly wearing her heart on her sleeve, Jenn can typically be found with a book in hand, mala around her neck, and skipping to the beat of her own drum. Connect with Jenn on her blog Perilsoftheliving, Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter.
Kate Bartolotta is the founder of Be You Media Group. Her book, Heart Medicine, is available on Amazon.com. You can find her most recent writings and reflections on katebartolotta.com. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal and The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Connect with Kate on Twitter, Facebook and Google +.