Michelle Farnsworth
Michelle Farnsworth

I have always followed my heart and my intuition. Many times being myself hasn't been the most popular choice. I used to beat myself up about speaking out about something I was passionate about. Through the years I have learned not to listen to all the outside influences and voices clouding my true self. It took many years, many tears and many heart-to-heart conversations with my husband and closest friends. But in my forties, I have found my voice -- found my true calling.

I look back at my former self and have to chuckle at things I thought were so important or things that I thought were a real problem. Completely insignificant now. Life is clipping along at such a fast pace, I sometimes worry about accomplishing everything that I want to experience. So many ideas and plans racing through my head. So many places around the world that I would love to visit. So many books I want to read. (My latest kick is Hemingway. Who knew I would be enthralled with his writing? I certainly did not.)

Even this adventure of starting a women's magazine and bringing it to life is something that I knew was inside me and I just had to get it out. People ask me all the time, "How did you start the magazine?" or "What did you say?" or "How did you approach it?" Well, the very simple and honest answer that I give to everyone that asks, "Be careful for what you wish for; you just may get it." Oh and how.

I became my true self the day I asked for a chance to start a women's magazine. All the ideas that were accumulating for years came tumbling out. I felt like a weight had been lifted from my soul. A little frightening and challenging at times, but a good kind of fear. One that tingles and is exciting and fulfilling.

I want women to listen to those little voices. Pay heed to the gentle nudges in your soul telling you to move forward and be yourself. I really love this September issue filled with talented and special women who are BEing their true selves and living out their dreams. Who knows, some of these stories may just be the gentle nudge you need.

BEE Yourself.

Michelle Farnsworth loves travel, writing, photography, daily devotions, gardening, making jewelry and finding old treasures. Her greatest accomplishment is her two sons, who bring life, love and laughter to her each day.