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My Thoughts on Gratitude

August 15, 2017

The fall issue of the magazine is all about gratitude, a topic dear to me. The saying “gratitude turns what you have into enough” rings true. The trick is practicing a kind of thankfulness that isn’t based on time or place or circumstance. Even in the trials of life, if we have eyes to see them, we can find good things everywhere we look.

It’s nothing new to celebrate gratitude for fall, but for me especially, this season holds some of my most exciting and humbling milestones.

It’s in the fall that we celebrate the anniversary of opening our biggest, craziest, and most exciting project that Chip and I have ever tackled—the Silos. It was this time of year that I first opened the Little Shop on Bosque, and then it was in the fall that we said goodbye to that little building and moved into our new space in downtown Waco. It’s also in this season that I hit the refresh button at the farm and with my family—when we get to set aside intentional time to come together and remember what it is this season is all about. This time of the year is also when we’ll begin counting down to the airing of the FIFTH season of Fixer Upper, and—of course—I’m so grateful for the show and the platform it has given us. These homes and these families have challenged me with new styles and inspired me to take on fresh ideas. (Look for a season 5 filming update soon!)

Each of these things sticks out in my mind, but this year there is another one that feels so big and so exciting…fall also marks the anniversary of The Magnolia Journal. This magazine has been a dream of mine for a long time. It’s taken many late nights, an amazing team and endless cups of coffee. But to say it’s been a labor of love is an understatement.

When we started brainstorming what it is we wanted our readers to get out of the magazine, we knew it was important to pin down the heart behind the project. We weren’t interested in putting together a glossy magazine to create unrealistic expectations. Instead, we hoped to create a tool for you and your family to use, savor, stash away and bring back out when each issue’s season rolls around again. We hoped you’d dog-ear pages, cut out recipes, circle quotes that speak to you, and share your favorite pieces with those you love. The goal in all of this is to make this magazine something you look forward to with each new season. Something you know will be both inspirational and a resource for years to come. And, if we get this thing right, to make The Magnolia Journal something you’re grateful for.

I am so thankful for what has evolved over the first year of this magazine, and I want to make it a point to never lose that gratitude. Gratitude for fall may not be a novel concept, but it’s a timeless virtue that I never want to lose sight of.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

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  • Lyall Roberts.
    10:26 pm, November 22, 2017
    Hi there from way down Under Aussie land. Just seen a fixer upper today here, of the very run down house that was bought 4 $ 35,000, Not sure of the names of the couple, but what & how you renowed that run down home, what can i say, so beautiful the reno, & that you even got around the problem chip had with the chimney & what he wanted, But you won the day Joanna,
    I've been looking thru all the items available 4 sale as gifts , 7 would like to know more of the service of posting to Australia. as I've seen a couple of items I am interested in. I checked out the accomadation you have listed also in Wacoo , & was wondering as a single man this way, is there any available to me as I am thinking of a trip or Holiday to Texas in future, 2018.
    Keep up the good hard work, & Joanna, still keep Chip in the possition that he hoolds in regards to renno's, i know you like to have the last word, & its a lot of fun also to watch the show & how its all worked out in the end. Best wishes always, Lyall R.
  • Christina M. Testa
    9:34 am, November 22, 2017
    Chip and Joanna, I have watched all your shows and been inspired since day one. Read your book The Magnolia Story since the first day it hit the bookstore shelves. -and looking forward to Capital Gaines! -YOU (Joanna and Chip) are truly a team- from the 'ol restored boat, to the bakery, the silos, the rescued dogs and farm animals, the dozens of restored homes, and your beautiful children-your warmth and sense of humor and your true example of living faith, have shined like a beacon of strengh through every episode. My daughter and I want to come to Waco-meet you in person, and shake your hand! God works all things together for good.
    Blessings to you, Christina Testa
  • Kelly Gangl
    2:29 pm, November 21, 2017
    Hi Joanna! I love to watch your show and just listened to your book on tape, The Magnolia Story about you and Chip. I am so inspired by you and Chip and the way you live true to who you are.
    I am writing a book with a friend about women who stay true to their authentic selves in order to live a life they love.

    We would love to talk to you about your journey and the lessons you learned along the way.
    We are 2 Women on a Mission hoping to inspire other women to live their best lives.

    Is there an agent with whom I should work through to schedule an interview?
    Thank you for your consideration.

    Sincerely,
    Kelly Gangl, MOD, CPC, SPHR
  • Norma Jurado
    2:50 pm, November 17, 2017
    I just want to say God bless you for standing up for what you believe in rather than bowing to the world's believe ! <
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  • Bonnie Bradford
    7:33 pm, November 15, 2017
    As an interior designer I realize ya'll needing to break away to be with your kiddos. Design is an all consuming career. In your shows, I have seen some of my own designs and also have used several of yours. How will we go on without you both? Making work fun, will not be easy without Chip, for sure! Success to you in your businesses, and please do some shows to bring us up-to-date. I'll have your magazine and can go to Target. God bless!
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