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A Letter from the Editor Maranda Pleasant


Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Ninja


Origin is one source for Arts, Health, Yoga, Sustainability, Humanitarianism, and Conscious Living.


So what’s the big idea? It’s not just a magazine: It’s a movement.


We’re a platform bringing worlds together, building bridges, giving consciousness an expanded voice in national media. We are growing an organic publication of substance, where we can find depth and wisdom to really transform our lives.


We’ve set out to create a visually stunning and context-transforming publication that doesn’t play it safe.


We like it real around here. It’s time to shine, not shrink.


Our model gives national figures, artists, and leaders a blank canvas, a space to express, write, and create. Their ideas. Their voices. Not filtered through our eyes or limited to a few quotes. You get them straight up. Direct access. You form your own opinion. Our interviews are not cut to bias. They’re raw, real, and personal. Fascinating people with powerful ideas featured in every issue.


It’s time we connect and shift this planet for good.


In that vein, we’re launching the OriginVideo Series; interviews with innovators. No B.S. No fluff. We only care about what really matters: Why do they wake up in the morning? What makes them vulnerable? How do they transform their pain? What causes are they most passionate about?


Origin is a new model bringing together notable voices on subjects that few others address: dealing with addiction, eating disorders, miscarriage, divorce, depression, cancer and illness. We feature articles from top leaders on the environment, world issues, powerful humanitarian causes, etc.


Let’s get personal and share our experiences. Real conversations connect us, get us out of self-isolation, and inspire us to live richer and bolder lives. What happens when we face our demons, failures, and unresolved darkness? We grow.


Vulnerable is the new strong.


Our dreams are bigger than the printed page. We’re building a national community. A network. Not wires or signals. People.


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We’ll make mistakes. Lots of them. There will be growing pains. We’re expanding. Quickly. We’re improving and refining every day.


If we get it dirty, we’re dedicated to cleaning it up. Growth gets gritty sometimes. We believe in direct, honest, compassionate communication.


Growth often starts in quantum leaps, and these are precious, often terrifying moments —Ana Forrest


Every issue, we’re expanding our distribution across the country. Grow with us. This magazine breathes with vision, intention, and love from communities across the nation coming together.


The potential and possibilities are endless. Let’s build some bridges. Let’s go deep. Let’s be honest. Let’s find our voice and create big things together.


You in?


We connect communities through art and events, bringing amazing individuals together to create positive change. Let’s imagine our circles expanding exponentially.


Our ambassador program is the grassroots foundation to making the Origin family strong, supportive, and oh-so-rad. Origin ambassadors hold it down in cities across the country, igniting our mission of cooperation, collaboration, and creativity through gatherings, launches, and more. This model connects badasses in each city, supporting conscious businesses, artists, yogis, and musicians. We don’t do boring.


We’ve also created a new conscious business model based on transparency and a new wave of media possibilities. We’re not interested in just selling ads; we’re creating family and a mutual cycle of support. We give awesome local businesses a national voice.


We’re based in Austin, fueled by the blood, sweat, tears, and fearless determination of people dedicated to this vision. Contributors across the country have come together to make this happen. We’re spotlighting the coolest everything in cities across the U.S. featuring events, organizations, and local hidden gems. We’d love to know yours. Ideas and recommendations? Email us. This is going to take a village.


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