JOYFUL LIFE MAGAZINE EXISTS TO POINT WOMEN TO JESUS
The mission behind Joyful Life Magazine is to help women embrace joy and see the beauty in every area of their lives – home, work, marriage, motherhood, family, friendship, fellowship, and community. It’s a publication about real life -- as vulnerable, beautiful, fragile & joyful as it is.
Joyful Life Magazine draws the weary and burdened hearts of Christian women back to the pursuit of the authentic joy found only in Jesus. It leads readers along a journey of redeeming joy through honest stories of real women who know pain, loss, struggle, and hopelessness -- yet have rediscovered joy through a relationship with Jesus.
We believe joy can be embraced by every woman and we aim to be a treasured source of encouragement and inspiration in your journey toward living a joyful life.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO INSPIRE CHRIST-CENTERED CHANGE
We need your help to bring the first issue of Joyful Life Magazine to print.
If our financial goal is not met, we will not receive any of the pledged funds. Because of the all or nothing nature of a Kickstarter campaign, we are seeking your support in two ways:
1 | By pledging to support the funding of our campaign.
2 | By sharing our Kickstarter link with your friends, family, and social communities.
We truly believe that our publication, and the community that we are building around it, will have a measurable, Christ-centered impact on women’s hearts and homes for generations.
The Joyful Life is not just a beautiful magazine -- it is the inspiration for a faith-driven movement.
HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL BE USED
Our immediate need is to fund the cost of printing and shipping the magazine. The print process is an extraordinarily expensive endeavor.
We need to raise $16,000 to fund the printing, shipping, and distribution costs of the first issue.
Funds raised in excess of our initial goal will be distributed between operational expenses, offsetting the printing cost of future issues, and hiring an additional employee to help alleviate the tremendous workload our small team has been managing this year.
OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
As a team, we are committed to a standard of excellence in written content, imagery, aesthetic and design. It is important to us that the quality of the publication itself reflects the quality of what is contained throughout the pages. Because of that, we have chosen a luxury print quality that complements those standards.
We have partnered with the same printer that publishes Kinfolk, Gather, Coastal Table, and Alabaster Co. Bibles. Their commitment to sustainability, environmentally friendly printing processes, and their reputation for excellence in publishing have made them an obvious choice.
PRINT MAGAZINE SPECS
- 128 interior pages, offset printed on coated and uncoated paper
- Perfect bound with 130# soft touch cover
- Less than 10% of interior pages devoted to ad space
- Minimum initial print run of 1000 copies
- Heart & Home Inspiration
- Spiritual Growth Articles
- Honest Stories of Real Women
- Stunning Original Images
- Lifestyle Features
- Seasonal Inspiration
- Creative Pursuits
- Lists and Journaling Prompts
- Holiday Gift Guide
- Featured Product Reviews | In Every Issue
- Titus 2 Feature Interview | In Every Issue
- The Lost Art Series | In Every Issue
- & MUCH MORE!
WHY A LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE?
Because a lifestyle characterized by joy is a beautiful, Godly desire.
Women, as a whole, are finding themselves in the midst of the disappointing aftermath of leaning into a culture shift that has fed them a steady diet of 'self' over the past decade
Self-fulfillment. Self-care. Self-discovery. Self-focus. Self-love. Self-worship.
In our search for happiness, we've lost sight of joy.
The Joyful Life challenges this culture shift through intentional content that points women back to Jesus. The focus of each issue is to ground women's hearts in their relationship with Christ in order to motivate and inspire them to live well and love others -- for the purpose of glorifying God.
Joy will never be found through the pursuit of happiness -- but it will always be found by abiding in Christ.
THE JOYFUL LIFE COMMUNITY
Since launching The Joyful Life eight months ago, we have seen an incredible community develop comprised of women who are leaning into Jesus and embracing the joyful life that comes from abiding in Christ. We would love to invite you to join us on Facebook in The Joyful Life Community Group where you will be challenged and inspired to grow in your faith and where authenticity is encouraged. Come as you are and link arms with other women laying it all at the foot of the cross.
ENCOURAGEMENT FROM OUR READERS
"I sense something truly authentic and organic happening with your mission. Just keep doing the next right thing and leave the outcome to God."
"I am in a season of struggle with my faith and trying to get back to it. I just want you to know if you ever wonder if you're making a difference in someone's life, you are!"
"I can't wait to hold the first issue in my hands... I know the Lord will pave the way for the Joyful Life magazine to bless countless homes!"
"The mission of this magazine is so important and I love that every step of the way in birthing it, I see a humble dependence on the Lord. May He 'Bless the work of your hands'."
"This is beautiful! A beautiful surrender work that I’m so very honored to be part of - a true JOY! Praising Him for all I trust He’ll do through the words on these pretty pages." 💗
"I’ve been very encouraged by a number of the articles you’ve shared. Thank you for faithfully taking on the challenge. You’re doing a wonderful job!" 🌿🌸🌿
"Such a privilege to be a part of this community - keep dreaming beautiful God dreams. We’ll be cheering you on!"
"I sense the collaboration, an energetic vibe and a strong sense of purpose. I'm really looking forward to the first issue!"
"This venture has breathed LIFE into the calling the Father has placed upon me and given me more confidence and courage to step out in it. Your commitment to excellence is a gift to us all."
"Being part of this online community brings so much depth to my 'real life', so excited to be joining your community."
"💕 this page & the vision."
"This is the EXACT message I needed to read this morning. God’s timing is so good. ❤️❤️"
Our pledge rewards are a very special feature of our Kickstarter campaign because several of them have been made possible through the generosity of our sponsor partners. We have been tremendously blessed by the support of so many artisans and creatives throughout the process of creating The Joyful Life.
We have highlighted below the rewards that feature our sponsor partners. For our complete list of pledge rewards, please see the detailed descriptions in the sidebar.
$30 PLEDGE | You will receive the premier print issue of The Joyful Life Magazine, ABIDE, as well as a PDF download of the 'COUNTING IT ALL JOY' Devotional Study Guide by Aimee Walker. Aimee is a gifted Bible study teacher who takes you on a joy seeking journey through Philippians in this 80-page study guide.
$50 PLEDGE | You will receive the premier print issue of The Joyful Life Magazine, ABIDE, as well as a hand-stamped ABIDE ring created by Kelly of Adorned Studios.
$55 PLEDGE | You will receive the premier print issue of The Joyful Life Magazine, ABIDE, as well as one of our beautiful handcrafted ABIDE mugs.
This special compassion pledge supports The Joyful Life as well as our sponsor partner, MudLove. Each mug purchased provides one week of clean water to an individual in need in The Central African Republic.
$180 PLEDGE | STOCKIST or CHURCH PACK | Receive 10 print copies of our premier issue, ABIDE, to give or sell. Perfect for gift shops, boutiques, bookstores, or churches.
To our beautiful families | for the multitude of ways that you have invested in us throughout this year as we have 'pressed on' toward the goal. We are so grateful for the sacrifices you've made on our behalf.
To our extraordinary team of devotion writers and our community of contributing writers, photographers, and artists | for your humble willingness to use your gifts and talents to invest in the lives of women for the glory of God. None of this would be possible without you.
To our growing social community | for your support, encouragement, and for joining us on this journey toward joyful living. You inspire us daily.
To our Kickstarter backers | for your financial support and for believing in our mission. We pray in faith that this campaign is successful and that many lives will be impacted by your generosity.
By Grace Alone,
The Joyful Life Team
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges for the premier issue of Joyful Life Magazine | ABIDE are extremely minimal at this point. We have spent the past 8 months working tirelessly on creating this publication and building strong communities of writers, artists, and women seeking an authentically joyful life. We are in the final design stage of the first issue and we will be ready to go to print even before the Kickstarter campaign is completed.
We are very confident in the success of The Joyful Life. However, we are also aware that there are risks involved in starting any business and we believe in transparency. Should any unforeseen issues arise that would push back the production of the magazine or the delivery date of the pledge rewards we will update you accordingly.
If for any reason The Joyful Life is not successful throughout the next 12 months, we would not be able to guarantee the creation of subsequent issues. In that highly unlikely turn of events, we would not be able to fulfill subscription based pledges or those involving an extended time commitment. We do not anticipate any such circumstances occurring, however, we believe in transparency and we feel that it's important to reiterate the inherent risks of backing a Kickstarter.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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