Michelle Farnsworth

"The Happiness Project" -- have your read this book? Author Gretchen Rubin takes you on her journey of dedicating herself to finding happiness. A year of chronicling all of her life adventures and deciding what was most important and making changes that ultimately led to her happiness. After reading only a few chapters, it hit me: I have been living my happiness project.

Seeking and finding happiness is no small project or feat. After years of life and searching, some may never find that sweet reward of happiness. I think I have been experiencing and reaping the rewards of happiness since I was a young girl. My childhood was filled with love, adventure and blessings. I look back with affection and gratitude for all those in my life that made my road to happiness possible.

One childhood activity that was my escape and happiness was writing. I made mini books complete with illustrations and stapled them together with my grandma's trusty, black Swingline stapler. I sometimes tried to sell my publications, presented on grandma's groovy printed TV tray on the sidewalk in front of her house. I was sure that anyone who happened to walk by on that quiet 19th Street sidewalk would like to purchase my books. I only sold to my grandma.

Writing has always been my passion. A way to make my thoughts seem valid. A way to express myself when spoken words just wouldn't come out right.

A few years ago I realized that writing was something that I needed to pursue as a career. I started with a few letters to the editor, which my husband's famous comment to me would always be, "Why don't you write a letter?" Many times I took him up on that offer. I moved on to writing Citizen Columns for The Bismarck Tribune, progressing into freelance writing jobs for a few local publications and some travel blogging.

Finally my inner happiness began to nag at my soul and urged me to do more. The "more" is this magazine. My happiness project is creating a magazine for women, written by women and about women. The ideas are overflowing. The passion is all-consuming. Our talented team is proud to bring you: Be Magazine for Women.

We hope to inform you, make you think, perhaps get you a little teary-eyed, be creative, but most importantly challenge you to Be Yourself.

Just Be.

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.