What Inspired Me to Launch Happy Sis, a Christian Magazine for Women by Glee Josko
Since my move to Germany in the middle of 2011 to join my new husband, I’ve been an online entrepreneur. There were two reasons why I retired from teaching to embark on online publishing career – first, after eight years of teaching high school Mathematics and debate, I did not find happiness and satisfaction, second, my teaching credentials which I earned in Asia does not apply in Germany. The country has a different educational curriculum. And since we don’t have international schools in our city, I had the excuse to finally retire from teaching.
Because I love fashion and style, I became a fashion blogger. I launched a fashion editorial blogazine, which I built and maintained whole-heartedly. But, although I found relative success in the fashion niche, after more than two years of blogging about style, I started to feel dissatisfied. There was something lacking in my life, like my happiness was never full.
I heard a tiny voice, which was urging me to do something, something more meaningful, but it would require me to take a detour and a complete spiritual revival. The voice was telling me to write about God.
For almost three years I’ve been consumed with materials things. I’ve been full of myself and of vainness, and yet God still called me to talk and write about Him. During that time I was terribly confused. I didn’t know what to do or how could I transition from fashion to a Christian niche. But the voice was getting louder and I could not ignore it anymore.
So I decided to sell my fashion blog in order to do what God calls me to do. But after two attempts, I was unable to sell it. I did not find a buyer who would be willing to compensate my three years of hard work. So I asked God what I was supposed to do. It became apparent that I was to keep my style blog because it will finance the launching of a Christian site.
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It took me another eight months before it became clear to me what I was supposed to launch. During that period I renewed my relationship with God and had a spiritual revival. God also led me to write a devotional, The Happy Sis Devotional. Then the idea of a Christian magazine came to me, and then its name, HappySis Magazine. It simply unfolded to me one by one.
While preparing to launch the Happy Sis Magazine, my friend Jem who lives in the UK, suddenly lost her job due to a delayed visa renewal. I invited her to join me. It was also her longtime dream to write Christian devotionals for women and to witness about God through writing, so she quickly agreed. She became my assistant editor.
Since I renewed my relationship with God, I found peace, happiness and contentment in my life. My focus shifted from chasing money and online success into daily gratitude and building a close connection with God. And it is my desire to share the happiness that I found to other women.
I decided to narrow my niche to Christian women because I’m comfortable writing in a girly tone, plus there are tons for feminine topics that I want to explore. It is my prayer to be able to touch as many lives as possible. I don’t know what lies ahead, but I’ve committed myself to following where God will lead me and the magazine.
HappySis debuts in January 2015--a great way to begin the New Year! The first issue will be available on the magazine's website on The Store page.
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Glee is the editor of Happy Sis Magazine, a happiness and inspirational magazine for Christian women helping them grow in faith and grace, walk in the light, have confidence + the right self-love, and achieve success. She wrote The Happy Sister Devotional: 61 Days of Happiness and Inspiration for Women to encourage women to find happiness in having a close relationship with God.
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