For me, my highlight of the year starts in about September/October, when I messaged Nick (managing director of Belles and Gals) one day suggesting we start an actual magazine, and not just the website. He immediately said yes, consulted with the board of directors, and the rest, they say, is history.
We had so many ups and downs making the magazine, the main down being when a company we were using took $300 out of my account despite me cancelling the membership! (Don’t worry, I got the money back!) But we struggled through it and it’s become a real passion project that the whole team had got behind.
I’m so proud of our little baby, we’ve got the next few issues planned out and we are working hard to make them the best that they can be!
Its meant countless hours sat at my desk and frantically messaging team members asking for images and to double check their articles, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
I was made redundant in August and because the industry can be so turbulent, I’ve had the time to sit down and focus on something, rather than wallow in self pity, and this magazine had been the perfect form of stress inducing self care.
I want to thank Nick for giving me the go ahead, and taking a risk by leaving it almost completely in my hands – He’s the most trusting and understanding team leader anyone could ever want, and he’s a great agony aunt on long car rides!
I want to thank Liam and Sam for always being on hand when I need advice or help with stats – they’re absolutely amazing and we couldn’t have done it without them!
I would also like to give a massive shout-out to my fellow team members, without them the magazine wouldn’t exist and I am so grateful for not only the content they have supplied for the magazine, but for the endless amount of love and support throughout the difficult times I’ve had this year, and for always being unbelievably hilarious in the group chat!
Images: cover image work in progress and me at the lowest I’ve been lol. Also one of me in the Belles and gals hoodie because cute.
You can read the Belles and Gals magazine here: