I have six magazines that I have collected from around my home – bedroom, bathroom (for reading when I have a bubble bath), lounge room.
I don’t buy magazines but I have a friend who does and she passes them onto me. Actually that is not entirely accurate. One of these magazines I bought. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebratory edition of Hello! in 2012. Don’t think I have read it in its entirety. But how would you know? These women’s magazines have the same stuff. You could just rotate through half a dozen and re-read each one every couple of months.
My body image is not affected by the models in the mags, not that the ones I have are full of half-starved waifs. Good Housekeeping tends to have more 40 and 50 somethings. I don’t become dissatisfied with my life due to the image of others presented. Actually, again that’s not entirely accurate. I do wish I could weekend or holiday in the places in the UK magazines. But a weekend in Cornwall or a week in Provence is not really in the list when you have to factor in a 24 hour plane ride.
My wallet is not really affected by these magazines. If I had bought these magazines I would have been $51.99 out of pocket. Seems an awful lot when you think they regurgitate the same gumf and are more advertising than informative. My friend doesn’t mind spending that money as she says the mags give her joy.
So today’s holiday job is to read through these mags and declutter them from my house. I’ll see if a neighbour wants them.
And you? Do you buy magazines? If so, do you ever use, act on or buy their contents – the recipes; the holiday ideas; the “101 Best Beauty Buys”; the “5 Key Pieces” of clothing; the advice to declutter, to make you life better, to find new energy?