Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Redbook Magazine

A few weeks ago, a dream came true for me. I was featured in Redbook Magazine! I was interviewed about my year without shopping, a feat that I'd brushed under the rug. The highlight of that accomplishment?? Speaking in front of about 700 people in my hometown about the experience. Then time went on, I shopped again, and truth be told- I sort of forget it ever happened. I mean, I was a little offended the Today Show and Ellen never called... but I moved on. 

Fast forward two years, and I hear the familiar stressful ding of a new message in my inbox. It was an email from Sandy M. Fernandez, a Redbook reporter who was curious about the experiment. We had the interview over the phone [she was so nice!!], a few fact checkers emailed, a request for a headshot came in, and then I forgot it ever happened. I didn't really tell anyone, because when it comes down to it- I need to see things in print before I believe them... ESPECIALLY when they're of this scale. Plus, how embarrassing would it have been if I was all #KelliRyderInRedbookMagazine and they decided not to run the story?

June rolls around, and my dear friend Dez sent me a text... "Look who I found in Redbook!" and I almost died. I was in a national publication. In print. In every city in America. WHAT. ON. EARTH. Totally surreal!! The craziest part of it was leaving my apartment in the middle of San Francisco, walking the two blocks to my neighborhood market, and buying a copy. Let's be honest, I bought two. For what? I don't know. To save both, I guess? I wanted to buy three! 





I realize I'm not on the cover and it's just a little blurb, but to me- it is so much more than that!! So often in life, accomplishments come and go and you have to play it cool like it's no big deal... like you're in magazines all the time and you're ready to move on to the next hurdle. Like "oh, this sort of thing happens all the time but you can check it out if you have a moment." Instead of dancing around your bedroom, grabbing celebratory drinks, or hosting a full on party in your honor- it seems easier to smile, briefly acknowledge it happened, and move quickly towards your next goal. Instead, I decided I would whole-heartedly accept how freaking cool this is. Cool enough, in fact, that I sat on my couch and pretended to read it and made Tim take pictures. Now, I'll never forget that time I was in Redbook Magazine.

My interview is also online HERE, so if you haven't immediately rushed to buy a copy- you can check out the article from the convenience of your computer.

And truly, from the very bottom of my heart, thank you for reading my blog. Your support has meant the world to me, and without you there would be no blog. And with no blog, there'd be no accomplishments to celebrate. If I could buy you all a drink and a plate of nachos and thank you in person- I would. :)

14 comments:

  1. What a fantastic surprise! And your year without shopping is great! I am starting small this year, but your year has inspired me to cut back and take a look at whats in my closet and what I am spending and buying!

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    1. Thank you! It is honestly really empowering to do it, and the longer you go- the more you realize you don't need new things. :)

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  2. What an amazing feeling Kelli! I come by to read your blog everyday, even if there isn't a post! =) Now I'm thinking of giving the 365 days of no shopping a try...!!

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    1. Thank you SO much Chelsea- I really appreciate your support. The 365 days/no shopping IS hard, but really worth it to change your habits for good. :)

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  3. That is so awesome!!! Congrats on your accomplishment!

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  4. Congratulations, Kelli!! You totally deserve it :)

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  5. woot!! I think this is so amazing! Congrats...a well deserved feature!!
    xo,
    nancy

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  6. This is such a fun and exciting accomplishment! I had no idea you did this! Props to you for lasting as long as you did.

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  7. great job kelli! i like the reminder to stop and appreciate all accomplishments, even the small ones!

    T

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  8. Auh I love this! Such a huge accomplishment, I hope you've celebrated with lots of wine ;)

    xx.
    Jillian

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Thank you for reading! xoKelli