Happy freaking New Year, lovely.
January 1 is always a mighty special day for us. A new year dawns bright and shiny with the promise of new adventures ahead.
And we celebrate the birthday of She Makes Magic, and all the challenges, growth and connection she has brought into our lives.
It was on a sweaty, humid New Years Day back in 2012 that we hit publish on our very first blog post. Honestly, we didn’t really even know what a blog was back then or what we were doing. But we felt called to do it anyway. Four years on, we’re still here. And so are you.
The past year has been one of our wildest rides yet – and it feels like we’ve achieved so much…
+ We spent the month of March travelling around the little Australian island of Tasmania together in Walter the Campervan, where we hatched the idea for a new podcast series.
+ In May, we finally unveiled our shiny new podcast series to the world, and were thrilled to bits when it instantly went to the top of iTunes’ New and Noteworthy section.
+ We watched as our little tribe quadrupled in size. Wow! A big warm welcome to all you lovely new folk.
+ Alana took off on a solo soul journey, circumnavigating Australia in Walter the Campervan, all alone. After 10 months, 30,000kms, $6000 in fuel, 7 states, 1 territory, two breakdowns, a million tears and twice as many belly laughs, she finally made it home. (See incredible photos from the trip at #avannamedwalter.)
+ Koren chalked up her third year living abroad in sunny Spain, supported entirely by her freelance writing. Her work appeared in a bunch of rad publications, like frankie, Peppermint, Smith Journal, SBS Food, and The Guardian Australia – and she started helping other bloggers, too. She gallivanted to places like Finland, Estonia, Germany, Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Italy. And, just maybe, her Spanish improved a little.
And, in December, we both came home to South Australia for a few brief weeks together before heading off on new adventures interstate and abroad.
Through it all, we were constantly buoyed by the countless emails and incredibly kind words of support from you beautiful people.
Here’s just a few of our faves…
+ “I ran a bath and surrendered to your voices. As a new business owner, I really needed to hear this. It’s amazing how the universe gives you what you need.” – Toni.
+ “I love the podcast. I tune in religiously and the interview Koren did with you (Alana) was filled with all sorts of epic lightbulb moments. So many of my clients think they need to have it all figured out now and I just love that you are in it. You are in the thick of the journey and that is ok. It’s more than ok … it’s perfect!” – Katie Dean, Your Wild Life.
+ “I’m currently struggling through a very transitional stage and love hearing successful real women tell honest stories! Exactly what I needed.” – Tockereve.
+ “Each time I hear a new amazing story + interview, I get a little bit more motivated and enthusiastic about chasing my own dreams. I’ve put in a request at work to drop down to a nine-day fortnight so I can focus on my passion goals (baby steps, I know, but it’s a start!) and it’s all thanks to the inspiration of all the wonderful women you have been featuring (as well as yourselves).” – Kirsty.
+ “I wanted to send you both a little fangirl email to say how much I’m loving your podcast series – the interview with Lauren Singer in particular! I’ve listened to it countless times and have devoured her blog. I’m feeling so inspired (and my husband is tolerating it much better than I expected).” – Kylie.
+ “This particular episode has finally given me the push I have been waiting for. I have a message. I want to share it. No more being scared, no more playing small. Someone is waiting for me to speak – it’s time.” – Mandie.
Whoa. So much goodness. This truly is women supporting women at it’s very best.
As we celebrate our fourth birthday, we’re also preparing so much cool new stuff for 2016.
Here’s a little sneak peak.
+ On the podcast, we’ll feature more casual yet intimate chats with amazing women plus we’ll be welcoming several men to the mic this year and delving into sisterhood collaborations.
+ We have a new free gift – well, actually a huge freaking bundle of gifts – a’brewing for our loyal subscribers. (Sign up to make sure you don’t miss out.)
+ We’re working on a fresh new look for She Makes Magic – because we can’t seem to last a whole year without suddenly wanting to shake things up.
+ We may very well launch a product or two in collaboration with a couple of exceptionally talented Aussie artists.
+ Alana’s just landed her dream job working with and being mentored by Melissa Sandon. And her adventures in Walter the Campervan are set to continue – stay tuned for Season 2!
– Koren’s escapades abroad will continue, too. After a three month sojourn in Australia for summer, she’ll head north again in March to continue making magic from Spain.
To celebrate it all, we’re giving away a massive pack of handmade and natural goodies to one lucky winner.
You could win:
+ An incredible tawny frogmouth owl feather and clear quartz smudge fan handmade by Vanessa of Six Trees.
+ A Zodiac sign art print personalised with your birthdate and sign by Brisbane-based artist Marta Kamilla (the Aquarius print is shown as an example below).
+ Two packs of three gorgeous and natural A Bit Hippy vegan lipsticks in nude, tangerine and berry (keep one pack for yourself and gift one to a friend).
+ A pack of Gutsy Mantras and two crystals from Sharyn of Gutsy Girl.
+ An intuitive card reading with Alana, providing answers to a burning question or deeper insight into a particular area of your life.
+ And a pack of our most favourite tea in the world – Byron Indian Spiced Chai.
This giveaway is now closed. Thank you.
Good luck – and have an absolutely freakin’ tops 2016.