The Glamourous Life

It’s Wednesday morning.  I wake up the same as always.  It’s the routine. Stretch. Paddle to the bathroom. Read my scripture. Release my brain to begin prioritizing the day’s tasks. Today is after all a work day for me, albeit the day before Thanksgiving. I walk past my laptop and my December issue of Glamour and I break my routine.  I grab a glass of water and sit down because I don’t take the time to stop and read that I should and this morning I know that I can afford the time.  I start to flip through the pages and I linger over the Editor’s Note.

“Cindi Leive is stepping down as editor of Glamour?”

The article catches my attention and I pause my flipping to read.  Now, I’ve never met or spoken to Cindi Leive, but this woman has been a part of my life for the last 16 years through this magazine and she blessed me with her farewell message in this December issue.

Now here is something y’all don’t know about me.  I have dreamed about running my own magazine since I was a little girl.  A huge part of why I chose my major in college was that I saw myself becoming a feature writer and I just knew my first job out of college would be working for Oprah on O Magazine on a path to one day having my own magazine empire.

Isn’t it something how we put dreams like that on a shelf for the sake of “paying the bills”?

I love writing and I love every single one of you who take the time to read and comment on the things that run out of my brain, past my heart and through my fingers on their way to these electrified screens.

Now here is something that many of us knows to be true but may not feel safe to admit out loud.  Some of us need to take dreams that we’ve shelved back into our hands and make them work for us.  It may be a little scary, but when we ignore or put off things that are a part of our calling we open the door for all kinds of things to fill that space in our lives and that isn’t good for us or the people who are meant to benefit as a result of our divine calling.

Life is not always about playing it safe.


Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Lubbock, Texas. For more information on her current projects visit

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