Be Part of the Solution

Let’s listen. And then let’s act.

A magazine about kindness can feel irrelevant in these dark days. While putting the finishing touches on this issue, our fragile world fell apart with the senseless killing of George Floyd.  

I thought about throwing in the towel and scrapping the issue. The last thing folks would want is a magazine taunting them with the empty promise of ‘Better Days Are Here.’ Really?How much better off are we as a pandemic continues to rage and innocent black people are killed by the police?

Then I thought back to the weeks after 9/11. Reading books and magazines were the two things that got me through some woeful times. To disconnect from the news and lose myself, I would flip through pages of pretty pictures. It provided the smallest of reliefs from a grim world. 

It’s with that spirit I chose to finish the issue. I thought, ‘Maybe this would be someone’s escape from the headlines.’ If it is, thanks for spending some time with me. 

I’ve channeled my nights and weekends into issue 2. It has kept me going and let me focus on making something I think is quite useful and handsome. As you scroll through the issue, you’ll see the magazine is organized into four sections: Do, Tips, Self, and Make. These categories are the tent poles of The New Maturity

However, at the core of every issue are little things you can do to be kind to yourself. That is my part of the solution. I’ve been trying to be still and listen to my heart. It has helped center me. I know how to act and what my next steps will be. It hasn’t been easy. Taking a break from social media has helped. Since it’s Pride Month, I’m doing something I’m incredibly proud of: staying positive and kind. Here’s to better days ahead and a magazine that might help you lead the way.

To download the issue, click on the link below. And of course, I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks!

Photograph by Alexandra Rowley

Comments (8):

  1. Maria

    June 30, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Holy Moly!! What an issue…so enjoyed every story! Will be re-reading many times…whenever I need to escape…thanks for showing me the trap door to the escape room!!

    • heathbrockwell

      June 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Maria! I’m so glad you liked this issue. I’ve really enjoyed the process or writing, shooting, and illustrating my ideas. Incredibly excited to have it all complete. Excited to take a mini-break, then start to crank on the next issue.

  2. Debbi Olley

    June 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    always beautiful and inspiring. And kind!! Thank you, my friend!

    • heathbrockwell

      June 30, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      Hey there, Deb! Glad to have you along fo the kind ride. Thanks for all your support, it means the world!

  3. Colleen

    July 1, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Beautiful! I love your calming, easy tone. My take away? Scampi and shower bombs!!

    • heathbrockwell

      July 1, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      Hey Colleen! So glad you checked out the issue. The scampi is great and pretty easy to make. Let me know how yours turns out. Maria is also a fan of the shower bombs. Hope all is well and you are staying safe.

  4. Ron

    July 2, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    I made the shrimp scampi for dinner tonight for dinner. My son’s review:
    “This is the greatest dinner you ever made!”

    • heathbrockwell

      July 4, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      I’m blown away! Clearly your son has fantastic taste. Having eaten at your table, your son is in for an incredible ride with all the incredible stuff you’ve made for ME.


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