We are working on a few last minute uploading issues and hope to have our new issue published yet this evening!!! Stay tuned!!
Happy Thanksgiving Week Designers!! We hope you are anticipating a great holiday with family and lots of food!! We sure are!!
Many people have asked me about publishing a guy’s version of Pure Design Magazine – and believe me the ideas and dreams are there… this is hopefully a future project that we will take on as we add more staff and volunteers. For now though, we want to get some of our teen guy friends involved in our magazine by creating a new article we will feature in each issue starting in 2014!!!
Introducing – Pure Design Guy! This will simply be an article where our team comes up with a topic to ask and interview a teen guy about. Each issue will feature a different guy and subject matter… which is where you come in as readers!
What topics or questions would you like us to ask our high school guy about?
It could be about communication, clothing, what they are interested in when they like a girl, whatever topic (within reason) that you would like us to ask some of our Christian guy friends about. (Not every question submitted will be used, but we will read through and consider each of them.) But if you would like to submit a question to our Pure Design Guy article for our March 1st Spring Issue – email us at email@example.com or message us on our FB page – Pure Design Teen Mag.
We hope you stop back in 5 days for our Winter Issue of Pure Design – “Religion vs. Relationship” – it’s going to be a great issue!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!
Don’t forget to check back here on December 1st for the next issue of Pure Design Magazine entitled “Religion vs. Relationship”. Many people celebrate the holidays by attending church or mass, or a religious gathering, but often do not get past the “religious form” of the day. Articles in this issue talk about having a relationship with Jesus Christ and how we relate to Him in a personal way!! Check back in only 7 days for some great inspirational fashion, “Do It Yourself” crafts and makeup, real-life articles and photos from our Pure Design Gala on November 1st!! Thank you for your support and following! Keep spreading the word to your friends!! Post our information on all your social media sites!!
Here’s a great photo from our very first photo shoot last year! We are honored to be able to publish this magazine each quarter. We hope you as readers are blessed by it too!!!
At our Pure Design Gala last month, I was inspired by all three young adults who came to be part of our event!! Lindsey Turner, Ben Buchanan and Heather Evans were amazing examples of “doing what you love to do”. They all live very different lives, yet they are doing things that they absolutely love and are passionate about.
Lindsey is an esthetician and makeup artist at Kenneth’s Hair Salons and Day Spas. Even though this is her career, she also is a thrift shopping addict who LOVES to teach people how to look fabulous without spending a fortune. Her online blog and at home clothing store allows her to create fashionable looks for family and friends who just don’t like shopping for themselves. Lindsey put on an AMAZING fashion show at our gala from her own collection and favorite finds. Her looks were fresh, adorable, and most affordable! She motivated all of us to create our own amazing fall looks without breaking the bank.
Former OSU Kicker Ben Buchanan spoke of his journey while attending OSU. He shared about how football has become a platform for speaking and encouraging others to go after their passions and dreams. He shared how his faith and walk with the Lord kept him strong during hard times at college. He also talked of how his family was a source of encouragement and support during stressful days and weeks and how important it is to remain connected with those who know you best. Lastly he encouraged each person to find what they are gifted in and to go for it. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, but if we embrace the things we are good at and diligently go after that, God can use us in so many different arenas. Ben hopes to go into broadcasting and further develop his skills within the sports arena. He’s currently on television on game days as a sport’s analyst.
Heather Evans ended the evening with some powerful original songs she has written. As a stay at home mom to her adorable son, she has watched God open amazing opportunities for her to use her gifts and talents in music. She has become an advocate for human trafficking and continues to pursue avenues on speaking out against this injustice. Heather’s spunk and creativity exudes from the stage as she performs. Heather started playing guitar and writing songs when she was only 13 years old. She is an amazing example of how we can be used by God in an area we are most passionate about.
What I was most struck by is that all three people are doing what they love and they have found ways to make it happen. Lindsey created her own blog and sells clothes on the side because it is simply what she LOVES to do. Ben has allowed his position with the OSU football team to give him a platform to build towards a career in broadcasting. Heather, as a stay at home mom has ventured out and written songs and done music videos… they are ALL cooperating with God and creating opportunities to walk out their own personal passions and dreams!! How inspiring!!
I hope those of you who were able to attend were provoked by all of three of these amazing talents!! For those who couldn’t be there… may you be encouraged to run after the dreams and desires of your heart.
Submit your plans to God, and see what amazing opportunities He will create for you!!
A quick photo booth pic with our amazing talents, Heather, Ben and Lindsey!!
The Pure Design Autumn Gala was an amazing night filled with THREE wonderful role models! As I took the microphone to end the night, I realized this was exactly what I hoped the night would be! An evening of inspiration by three young adults in entirely different walks of life – sports, fashion and music. We began with a fantastic fashion show by Lindsey Turner of Thrift and Shout. Lindsey clothed fourteen models with fun school looks for fall and winter along with some dressier looks for the holidays. Models strutted down the red carpet reminding us how fun new looks bring a smile to our faces. Former OSU Kicker Ben Buchanan encouraged all to be secure in who they are and how God has made them. He reminded us to stay connected to positive role models, surround ourselves with solid friends and leaders, and to remain close to parents and family during those tough college years. He encouraged everyone that we will have difficulties and make mistakes, but the key is in keeping connected through authentic friendships, small groups and a real relationship with Christ! Heather Evans ended the evening with both fun and powerful music bringing to light the topic of human trafficking which is dear to her heart.
All three are walking out the purposes of God for their lives individually. Each of them are responding to the dreams, passions, and God-given desires inside. Ben’s love for football is leading him to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. Lindsey’s passion for fashion drives her to thrift shop several times and week, blog about her finds, and resell them to friends and family who don’t have the time or expertise to shop for themselves. Heather’s drive to make a difference in the world is being fueled by her gifting in music. She writes songs of hope and challenges her listeners to know what is truly happening in the earth today.
I sat back and watched each of them so passionate in their unique giftings. I was amazed and encouraged again to see when we are faithful to go for the things that God births inside our hearts, He will be faithful to open doors that no man can shut and lead us into all He has for us to be.
One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and future! This is God’s promise to each and every one of us. He has good things for us all!
So run after those things stirring in your heart. Dream your dreams, create those inventions, write those songs, paint those pictures! Whatever is on the inside – that you “gotta do or you’re just gonna burst”, go after them and do them! God will give us the desires of our hearts, if you faithfully submit your plans to him.
Lastly, surround yourself with positive role models – they are out there! You may have to search a little harder to find them. The media won’t put them on display too often. But Friday night proved there ARE positive role models in every arena who are thrilled to share what they have learned!