The Year of Whole Living.

The Year of Whole Living.

So here’s what.

I’m working on a list of things I want to do this year. Things I want to accomplish. Things I want to experience. You get the gist. And I want to be very intentional (or as intentional as possible) as I do this.

So last week, as I was thinking about this next year, I kept scribbling “whole living,” “living whole,” “a whole life,” things like that, on a piece of paper next to my computer. Then I wrote “A Year of Whole Living” on another piece of paper, and started making my list. I’m still working on it. And I think I will continue to do so over the next week or two.

But. Then. Something weird happened.

I received an email out of the blue from a woman I respect who offered me a number of free subscriptions to Whole Living magazine, a health & lifestyle magazine from the publishers of Martha Stewart Living. So I have 24 (24!) of these bad boys to give away. But more importantly, do you see what’s happening here? I was offered a bunch of year-long subscriptions to Whole Living. In other words “A Year of Whole Living.”

Universe, you are officially freaking me out.

So this is what I’m going to do.

I never do giveaways. But right here, right now, I’m giving away 24 one-year subscriptions to Whole Living magazine plus 24 Whole Living Totes. Party. Just leave a comment telling me an item on your dreamy life to-do list this year, and you’re registered to win. I’ll pick 24 people at random with randomizer. You have until Friday, May 13th. And seriously dude, I hope you win.

*If you’ve never seen it/never read it, Whole Living is about living a sustainable lifestyle.  Green stuff, stylish life stuff, healthy recipes,  holistic beauty techniques, natural remedies for sleep and stress. Etc.) Exactly.  What we talk about here. Check it out: And if you want to give this to someone (I just bought subscriptions for myself, my mom, my mother-in-law, my sister, and my sisters-in-law), you can get 10 issues for $10 at It’s an easy gift. Happy Mother’s Day, family! (Also, you family members mentioned above won’t win this comment contest thing because I already bought these for you and they’re coming in the mail. You’re welcome in advance.)

**Also. This is not a sponsored thing/contest/post/dance at all. I’m being paid nothing to do this. I just thought the kismet was too irresistible to resit. And I love Martha. And I want you to win one of these magazines. Because that’s fun.

***Photo by Maile Wilson. Taken at Mighty Summit. Of Mena Trott riding a bicycle. It really looks like Mena is wholeheartedly living life there, doesn’t it?

The winners were chosen by…


(I’ve emailed all of you to send me your addresses. Hooray!)

1. Kate

2. Kelly W

3. Anne

4. Caroline

5. Christina

6. Jeanine Arnold

7. Tawnya

8. Grace

9. Rochelle

10. Karen

11. Shannon

12. Robin

13. Angie

14. Ananda

15. Shilo

16. Megan

17. Rachael

18. Alicia

19. Shasta

20. Kenna

21. Tian

22. Pam

23. Roxanna

24. Lori C

25. Christina

Congrats, all! And here’s to Whole Living!

The List

199 Responses to The Year of Whole Living.

  1. Rachel says:

    For this year, part of my dream is to find a job that no longer makes Sunday night sad and depressing. To do more yoga and hiking. To have lunch with my girlfriends more often.

  2. jody says:

    oh, i need this mag. im a mama of four and i need to regain balance & slow down the pace and breathe again!!!

  3. Ashley says:

    How amazing! As a ten+ year vegetarian, I would love to test out a vegan diet. For SO many reasons that I won’t get into. I have been thinking about this for a while now but haven’t actually said/wrote anything about – hopefully admitting it will be my first push to doing it! (And will make me a winner) ;) Thank you!

  4. Zoe says:

    On my life-list this year: Grow my blog. Find an agent for my book. Meet my African babies. Whole Living is right up my ally and I’d love to win!

  5. Kelsey says:

    To travel somewhere outside of the states with my husband!

  6. Aly says:

    This year I want to start my very first organic patio garden with my son.

  7. molly pocket says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! On my to do list this year, not so dreamy, is one simple task–don’t quite farming! I’ve farmed for years with several years and this is the first year of my own operation, so my goal is simply don’t quite! That and visit family in beautiful coastal Maine.

  8. Sharon says:

    Oh so many dreamy dreams… Embarrassing as it is to admit on a blog, I’d actually very much like to start my own blog. :-)

  9. christina says:

    To work back to off the remainder of weight and un-shapeliness from my last baby. To finalize the sale of our home and get our finances in order. To keep up with the laundry and the dishes (this is my life-long battle).

  10. Roxanna says:

    I love Martha. Sign me up!

    Next on my list: Knit a scarf. I know winter’s over, but I want to do it. So I will!

  11. Melanie says:

    Im new to your blog… how nice of you to giveaway these subscriptions! This year I want to “wake up my brain” read more… be more informed and aware of what’s going on in the world and learn a new skill. Good luck with your year of whole living.

  12. Jennysue says:

    I want to be more present…less computer…less tv…more playing and building and doing!

  13. Jodi says:

    One thing on the list of many:Try out Hot Yoga – it is supposed to be amazing!

  14. Anne says:

    This year I would like to find the time to learn one of the crafts that interest me – knit, bead or sew.

  15. Tawni says:

    I have a plan this year to move our budget around to allow ONLY grass-fed organic, humanely processed meat for my family! I’ve slooooowly been transitioning us to a solely organic, and meat was the last, most expensive item on the list! No cheats! Oh, and I want to learn to play the guitar.

  16. Emily C. says:

    It looks gorgeous and I love, love, love mags–this would be a wonderful one to try. This year I’m working to take a kid-free trip with my husband, plant a garden with more greens (started green smoothies in Jan.), and finish off the stack of books on my nightstand.

  17. Christina says:

    I’ve got the goal to have all the clutter in the house out by Christmas … so I promise to read the magazines and then recycle them to a friend so they are not gathering dust.

  18. kayla says:

    i want to take a spin class. i took one in college and never felt so alive!

  19. betsy says:

    This year I am working on a bee garden in our back alley. It will be a bit of color in a usally dull block and the bees can help polinate the plants in the neighborhood.

  20. barchbo says:

    YOU’RE BACK! Yay!

    Please put, “Have lunch with an old friend” on your list for this year! :)

    Looks like a great mag!

  21. thuerter says:

    This year I want to have my own house with a backyard to have a garden and an area for my daughter and dog to run around in.

  22. Octavia DB says:

    I want to redecorate my baby’s room, we never really had the time to do it before she was born. I also want to try and do yoga three times a week…

  23. Heather says:

    To go back to a completely vegetarian diet!

  24. Erin says:

    Funny, I’ve been working on my “Live” list lately! Something I hope to accomplish soon: improve my sewing enough to make a clothing item (or more than one!). Cheers to goals and good living.

  25. Donna C. says:

    Well it might not be so monumental to some but I would really like to take a vacation this year. Circumstances have made it impossible for the past 9 years.

  26. Debra Peck says:

    popped over from design mom. these are some of my own goals too. i would love this magazine!

  27. Tish says:

    Last year, I made a list of about 30 goals because of your example. I only have about 50 days left ’til I hit my year mark, and I’ve actually done several of the goals listed on it, so here I’ll list some that I haven’t yet so hopefully I’ll do them in the next 50 days: Go to the ocean for at least 5 days, begin volunteering (at this place up the street), submit one of my poems for publication (this one makes me nervous), practice silence, resurrect date night. The magazine looks cool. I miss you and hope you guys are doing well.

  28. Megan says:

    i would love to run a half marathon before the end of 2011. i can do it…i just need to get going! i need INSPIRATION (and maybe a running buddy).

  29. Genevieve says:

    Wow! All of these comments are so inspirational. My dreamy to-do list includes starting my blog and design company with my husband.

  30. Margaret says:

    To go completely all-natural with my beauty-care products — top of the list to make my own toothpaste!

  31. Christie says:

    Getting my PhD has been on my bucket list since I was 20. Six years later…I’m accepted to Ga State Uni and will begin my doctorate in science education in just a few weeks! Love the blog– would love a subscription to Whole Living.

  32. Shasta says:

    Get Married! And, thanks for the inspiration, Laura. I haven’t written a list since we lived together in Waco a bazillion years together. It’s time to make another list NOW! Oh, and I would LOVE the opportunity to regularly read Whole Living Magazine.

  33. Michelle says:

    Cook at home more often! We know that eating real food makes us feel so much better and we slow down and enjoy our meal and our family.

  34. kate says:

    I love Whole Living magazine! It’s so inspiring and after reading an issue I can’t help but feel motivated to live a better life.
    My goal this year is to live a more green lifestyle!

  35. Marianne says:

    This year I want not to be so hard on myself. I know I am doing the best I can. I want to have more fun :)

  36. Sally says:

    I want to do some kind of physical activity every day so I can be in good shape again. Also, I plan to replant our organic garden when the weather shapes up.

  37. Aly S says:

    I want to finally plant that perennial bed I’ve been scheming about for three years. I’m still an inexperienced gardener, but I have to start somewhere!

  38. Laura B. says:

    The universe is funny sometimes. One of my year goals is to learn to knit or crochet and successfully make something (I don’t care how basic it is) for my sons.

  39. Karyl says:

    I love natural living for me and my family. We try to eat whole and live well on a budget. Thanks!

  40. Jacki C says:

    Finish my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I started school right after my first child was born three years ago… I have worked endlessly, but I am down to my last semester in the fall!!!

  41. I would love this!! Some things I’d like to accomplish this year . . . . focus more on my writing, perhaps take a writing class . . . . see more concerts . . . . convince my husband to have one more baby.

  42. whitney says:

    My goal is to streamline my everyday “have to do’s” so I can concentrate on learning new things and spending time with the ones I love.

  43. Julie says:

    Grow my own vegetables this summer as I am attempting to eat only lean meats (fish and chicken) fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid all the bad stuff. Sounds like the magazine could be very helpful.

  44. Beth says:

    Well, first up on my list is to have a baby. Seriously, I’m due in a couple of days, and we’re planning a beautiful homebirth, so wish me luck. That’s pretty “whole living”, right?

  45. Alli says:

    Get really good at photography!

  46. Ah! I love Whole Living and would adore a subscription. I am looking forward to setting up my first classroom as a lead teacher. Three years of graduate school and co-teaching under my belt, and now, onwards to welcome a new crop of preschoolers this September…

  47. Jamie says:

    This year I want to do one thing every day that makes me truly happy. My husband keeps telling me that I have become altogether too serious lately and I need to lighten up and enjoy life. I want to be able to do that.

  48. Shari says:

    I want to educate people about the signs and symptoms of strokes. I’ve had two in 14 months and I’m only 31. I too want to pay it forward.

  49. Carolyn says:

    One of my goals this year is to shop at local markets to bring fresh meals to our table!

  50. Caroline says:

    Currently this weekend we are building a chicken coop so we can finally get chickens! We have talked about having some backyard “girls” for years, but never followed through…..this is my dream for this year and hopefully it is finally coming true!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>