Editor's Letter

Curated Life Magazine - Issue 4

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As we mark the second year of Curated Life magazine, I am filled with gratitude. I would like to send a special thank you to all our contributors, masterclass speakers and sponsors throughout the year. Our success would not be possible without the gift of your talents and time. A special thanks also to Magazines Canada for recognizing our publication at the 2017 Mag Grand Prix and showcasing our success story earlier this month. It is truly an honour to be so warmly welcomed into Canada’s magazine industry.

 

When I started this project, I could not imagine what it has now become. Curated Life Magazine is more than just paper. Our magazine is a community, an experience and a living document. Throughout these pages you will find the stories of #bossbabes like you – their struggles, triumphs, strategies and reflections. Stories that I hope inspire you to follow your own dreams and empower you to curate a life that fulfills your purpose.

 

This is empowered lifestyle. You’ll find that we write about facials on one page and finances on the next. This is because I believe a woman is best empowered when she is economically empowered. As millennial women, we want you to be truly confident from within; moving forward in the direction of your dreams. That’s why there is a strong emphasis on building entrepreneurial skills throughout Curated Life’s editorial and events.

 

In this, our Power + Influence issue, you will read about entrepreneurs who have transformed their blogs into full-time businesses, how to close Canada’s tech gender gap, and how to build “wellth”. You will be introduced to #bossbabes who are using technology to advance their business. And you will also learn how to host your own Boss Babes’ Night In and enjoy the comforts of hygge while you set your goals for the year ahead. Looking forward to seeing you again when our masterclass series resumes. Until then continue to…  

Define your Curated Life,

 

Julene

Curated Life Magazine - Issue 3

Photo: Rachel Pangilinan / @sincerelyimage

Photo: Rachel Pangilinan / @sincerelyimage

It’s a new season. This time of year has always been a symbol of renewal and hope. We find ourselves dreaming more and doing practical things like cleaning and reorganizing. For example, when I decided to live a “curated life,” one of the first things I did was overhaul my closet. This simple act, made me realize that I could no longer hold on to the past and a stagnant life. I craved change and entrepreneurship brought me that change.

In my experience, entrepreneurship is similar to a metamorphosis. Dr. Maya Angelou wrote, "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." And I find these words to be so true. We all know entrepreneurship isn’t easy. It takes confidence to pursue the opportunities we dream of and even more courage to create these opportunities for ourselves.

When I launched Curated Life, I chose to fulfill the one of my biggest but least-likely-to-come-true dreams. It was intimidating because I had no industry connections and most of my career was spent in a completely different sector. I was so afraid of failing. But with every event and every issue of Curated Life, boss babes like you have shared similar experiences. We’ve all had to overcome our fears and focus on the love we have for our budding businesses. We have to learn to be confident and move forward in the direction of our goals.

In this issue, you will learn about the importance of self-confidence, building a brilliant brand and strategies for funding your own start-up. You’ll be introduced to boss babes from across Canada and have an insider’s look at our MASTERCLASS events. It is my hope that this issue leaves you feeling more empowered and informed. You can download a free copy of issue 3 here. Grab a cup of tea, face mask and enjoy!

 

Curated Life Magazine - Issue One

 

When I launched this venture, my mission was to curate empowering lifestyle events and media content for millennial women. I’m not a business guru, I’m just a young woman like you trying to curate the best life possible for myself. To me, curating your life means carefully choosing what you allow to shape your identity, atmosphere, relationships and sense of well-being. It is about realizing your worth and making choices that uphold your worth. You live full of hope for your future and curate your present life accordingly. In essence, it is a lifestyle of empowerment. As illustrated by social determinants of health, a woman is best empowered when she is economically empowered; that’s why there is a strong emphasis on women’s entrepreneurship throughout each Curated Life project.

According to recent research, millennial women entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges due to being both young and women. These challenges include difficulty with business planning, lack of confidence, and lack of financial literacy and limited access to venture capital. When I read these facts, it was almost like reading a checklist of my past experience with entrepreneurship. This is why my intention is to connect you to a community and resources that will help you start and/or grow a prosperous business.

Curated Life magazine is something I dreamed of putting together for years. I filled notebook after notebook with ideas, before mustering enough courage to begin the work. In this publication, I hope to capture the essence of the supportive sisterhood of our Curated Life events in a way that could be shared online and in print. I hope that something in this issue will resonate with you and encourage you to take the next step forward in following your own dreams.

I would also like to extend a special thanks to everyone who has supported this project thus far.  Thank you to all our contributors who volunteered their time and content; this inaugural issue would not have been possible without your help. Thank you to everyone who attended our launch event and the sponsors who provided the goodies that made the day so special. Thank you to Masthead magazine and everyone who have shared the magazine on social media. And a huge thank you to anyone who has purchased a print copy of the magazine through Blurb. I realize printing the magazine through a “print-on-demand” service like this makes the magazine an expensive purchase. I genuinely appreciate that you’ve made an extra effort to support this project with a purchase. I’m currently looking into ways to fund and distribute future issues in a way that will make the magazine more affordable and accessible. Until then you can continue to read and download digital version for free here.

We have so much to look forward to for the rest of the year. I’m pleased to announce our masterclass series will resume and be held bi-monthly starting in July. We already have some awesome speakers and gift bag items lined up. Tickets for July’s event will be on sale soon; follow @curatedlifeca on Instagram to be the first to see the announcement.

Below are a few photos of my favourite articles in this issue. What article was your favourite? Let me know using the hashtag #mycuratedlife on Instagram and Twitter. I’m looking forward to your feedback. Ttys. 

 

 

An Introduction

Cu·rate
Verb
To select, organize, and look after the items in a collection.
(C) 2015 JuleChu Lifestyle

(C) 2015 JuleChu Lifestyle

I finally stopped procrastinating. This is the blog I promised myself I would start years ago, but always delayed. I thought (still kinda do) that the internet is already overrun with bloggers and self-proclaimed lifestyle curators; who would read my blog? What do I really have to say? I’m still trying to figure some of that out. But I know that my goal is to make hope and her future an online destination for inspiration beyond beauty and fashion. To me, the whole concept of curating your life is more than just about purchasing the latest luxury good (if it’s about that at all). Curating your life is about carefully choosing what you allow to shape your identity, atmosphere, relationships and sense of well-being. It is about realizing your worth and making choices that uphold your worth. These choices aren’t always the easiest to make. I know first-hand that the best choices you can make in life, often involve the greatest sacrifice, the greatest pain and most of all the greatest courage. But in time, the results are worth it and gratitude ensues. So, this is more than just a blog. It is a community of those who are full of hope for their futures and curate their present lives accordingly. Welcome to hope and her future.