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Windrose is a collection of stories that echoes this one simple truth: you are not alone as you navigate life in your twenties.
Windrose is a collection of stories that echoes this one simple truth: you are not alone as you navigate life in your twenties.
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Here's a preview of what you can find inside Windrose issue 2!
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Have you ever felt that life after college and in your twenties was not all that you thought it would be? We completely get it.

These are years of intense transition. Whether it's applying to jobs or working all day at a desk, living back at home or moving to a new city, pursuing your dreams or questioning your career path, you are not alone.

No one told us that we would feel confused, lost, lonely, or anxious in these years of transition, and no one told us that it was okay to feel this way. 

That's why we're committed to bringing Windrose Magazine to you.

Windrose Magazine issue 1
Windrose Magazine issue 1

WHAT IS WINDROSE?

Windrose is a collection of stories and advice that echo this one simple truth: you are not alone as you navigate life in your twenties.

These are words for the wanderer.

These are words for you.

Find articles on career + more inside!
Find articles on career + more inside!

WHY THE NAME “WINDROSE”?

A wind rose is the predecessor of the compass, used as a tool to map wind directions and help sailors chart their course.

Our mission is to inspire you to find your own path through the stories and advice shared inside each issue of Windrose. Your life path is unique to your goals, and Windrose is your tool to chart your course and find your true north.

Windrose Magazine issue 2 Cover
Windrose Magazine issue 2 Cover

WHAT'S INSIDE ISSUE 2?

Inside Windrose Magazine issue 2
Inside Windrose Magazine issue 2

Inside each issue, you’ll find stories and advice from those who are experiencing exactly what you’re experiencing, with topics covering health, relationships, career, travel, and more.

Inside Issue 2, you'll find articles like:

  • "The Poison of Perfectionism"
  • "In Defense of Loneliness"
  • "How Corporate Killed My Creativity And How I Got It Back"
  • "What It Means to Matter: An Interview with Author Hannah Brencher"
Catch an interview with author Hannah Brencher in Windrose issue 2
Catch an interview with author Hannah Brencher in Windrose issue 2

The best part: Windrose Magazine is created entirely by your peers—writers, photographers, artists, and designers who are all navigating life in their twenties.

We're aiming for an April 2018 release of issue 2.

Inside Windrose Magazine issue 2
Inside Windrose Magazine issue 2

A QUICK HISTORY LESSON.

That First Year is a blog that began in December 2014 as we (Ally Willis + Kendall Cherry) were on the cusp of entering the “real world” of life after college. Knowing that first year after college was bound to be a year of transition, we invited friends to write within this Internet space about this new season of life. In 2016, we refreshed our website design, bringing in Aggie Tutia to design That First Year's new web banner and logo; as Windrose's Design Director, the magazineowes its visual appeal to Aggie's design talents.

In the last 3 years, That First Year has grown to include more than 100 contributors and thousands of readers from all over the world. That First Year’s mission is to create community through stories shared of that first year after college and beyond.

Last year, an incredible group of peers offered their talents for our inaugural issue of Windrose Magazine, which was released in August. We received enthusiastic support for our first issue, and we are hard at work on issue 2.

Inside Windrose Magazine issue 1
Inside Windrose Magazine issue 1

WHY KICKSTARTER?

We’re raising funds to do two things: pay our contributors and purchase inventory.

>> CONTRIBUTOR PAYMENT.

We believe that creators should get paid for their work, period. With funds from this Kickstarter, we’ll be able to pay our writers, photographer, and designer for the hours spent perfecting the magazine that you’ll soon hold in your hands.

>> INVENTORY.

Printing is expensive. Additional funds raised from Kickstarter will allow us to purchase magazine inventory.

AWAKE MY SOUL PRINT

Pledge $10 or more and receive this Awake My Soul print download in two PDF size options: 5x7 and 8x10. All pledges in Tiers 1 - 5 will receive this Awake My Soul print.

"Awake My Soul" print
"Awake My Soul" print
 

Risks and challenges

“Print is dead,” as the modern maxim goes, but we don’t believe that. We know from personal experience and from conversations with others that people still desire to hold in their hands a beautifully-crafted magazine filled with relatable words.

We are aware of the challenges of print publications: the high cost of printing (between $8 - $10 per copy when printing under 450 copies) and the work required to bring Windrose Magazine to the people who will enjoy and relate to the stories it contains.

Despite these risks, we still think these stories are important enough to bring to the world in print form. Thank you for supporting us in this project!

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    Awake My Soul Print Download

    Handpainted by a local Nashville artist, you'll receive this "Awake My Soul" downloadable print. PDF file, 8x10 + 5x7 size options.

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    Windrose Magazine Issue 2

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    Windrose Starter Pack

    Receive issue 1 and issue 2 of Windrose Magazine while supplies of issue 1 last. Shipping included. You'll receive both issues after issue 2 goes to print.

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    For You + A Friend

    Receive 2 copies of issue 2 of Windrose Magazine when it goes to print (aiming for a spring launch). Shipping included.

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    That First Year Ad Package

    Business owners -- share the benefits of your business with our audience. Included in this ad package for That First Year is a sponsored blog post, one month of sidebar ad space, sponsored blog post promotion on TFY Facebook (4 x), Instagram (4 x), and Twitter (12 x). Send us an email at info@thatfirstyearblog.com for a media kit.

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