Wholehearted Wednesdays with Lauren Taylor, founder of The Letter Mag: What It’s Like To Start Your Own Magazine
Hi Lauren! Tell us a bit about yourself and The Letter.
Hey there! I am the Founder of The Letter, a bi-annual book inspiring every woman to live boldly, blogger, and pizza enthusiast. From partnering with women empowering brands, writing, and filming for my YouTube channel I love encouraging young women to be confident and joyful.
My mission is to help them see how they can be the girl who goes for it and share their own voice to change the world. You can always find me happy dancing over footy pajamas, florals and love the REAL you.
How did it first start? Where did the idea come from?
Imagine this girl in her footy pajamas, sitting in her bedroom, and dreaming of creating her own book one day. If you told me this would happen - I would have laughed and thought NO WAY! I always wanted to inspire others and knew how close it was to my heart. I believe God reminded me of that dream and within a day I pitched the idea to a few friends, then within a month, we launched it, and it has been going ever since.
You started as “Trend Magazine”. How has the publication evolved since you started this journey?
The stories aka soul food we have been graced with within our pages have evolved the book on its own. After a while, I felt that the content was more than just "trends" but instead a love letter to our readers and inspiration to live the life of their dreams.
What’s one of the biggest challenges you faced that you weren’t expecting?
When you start anything for the very first time I believe one of the toughest challenges is to keep going. If I am honest, there was a lot of doubt from others that played a gigantic role in my pursuit of this book but I knew in my heart that this was part of my purpose and I am over the moon that I went for it and kept chasing after my dream.
How do you and the team decide what goes into every issue? Could you give us a bit of what it looks like behind-the-scenes?
My bomb dot com team is international so we have our "brainstorm dance party" over google hangout and reflect back over previous themes, what our readers might want next, and how we can continue to inspire them in their own lives. Hands down one of my favorite parts are dreaming up what our next book is going to house and who will be on our guest list.
You released a new project this year for The Letter called Snail Mail. Could you tell us a bit about that?
Yes! Handwritten mail isn't a thing of the past, well, at least that's not the case at The Letter. We want your hearts to be encouraged in whatever endeavor you are pursuing, and we believe that sometimes all we need are words of inspiration penned on paper, signed with sincerity and sealed with love. We want to create a movement on a pen-pal platform that will allow you to send and receive an encouraging note. If you head over here, we have all of our instructions how to send, receive, or publish a letter.
In addition to running The Letter,
you’re also working on an ebook, modeling for companies like Lily Pulitzer, traveling, and running your own YouTube, I’m curious - how do you do it? Any tips on scheduling and time management, how to not burn out, etc. because it’s something a lot of women struggle with.
If I am honest - I am still struggling with managing my time! I try to put what is most important first but sometimes you need to just throw out that to-do list, order some pizza, and watch your favorite movie - mine is Princess Diaries which is on constant repeat.
For me, the life we are living is no good if we don't have joy in our hearts and we should come first. I always make sure that in whatever I am doing or juggling I am always putting myself first and making sure that I'm healthy and happy and I have faith everything else will fall into place.
Two things I wanted to talk more about this year are patience and trust,
especially when it comes to entrepreneurship and starting your own thing. How long did it take to get to where you currently are and did you always believe that things would work out?
Great question, I am in my three years of pursuing my dreams since 2014. I have always been content with things not working out because I know it can lead to other opportunities BUT I have never been content with not trying.
In fact, if I don't try I will wrestle around with it forever. Everyone has dreams but not everyone goes for them and I believe that should change.
Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Lauren!
One last question before we leave, what does being a wholehearted woman mean to you?
Thank you so much, Molly! It's truly an honor to share! A wholehearted woman believes in loving yourself for you, dreams big, and knows she can make a difference.
Rapid Fire Q’s:
Women who inspire you: Iskra and Oprah
Nugget of wisdom you’d like to share with other women: Be Bold. Go For It.
Best book you ever read: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Country you’d like to visit: New Zealand