“Ideas belong to the people that execute them, not talk about them,” that's what Sarah's husband told her years ago when she first shared her dreams of Darling Magazine with him.
Although Darling Magazine just launched a little over a year ago; it was a dream of editor Sarah Dubbeldam's for quite some time. What inspires me about Sarah and her story is her faithfulness and patience. A lot of times people have great ideas, but not the resolve to see those ideas become reality. Or they make it a reality, but bring it to life far too soon only to see it disintegrate due to a poor foundation.
Sarah, on the other hand spent several years dreaming up Darling and getting friends together to create a definitive vision and solid framework. This girl did her homework. And the result is something that I believe young women all over the world can connect with.
Now, let's get to know Miss Sarah a little better...
Q: Who is Sarah Dubbeldam, and what do you do?
A: I am a dreamer; an artist, a wife, a friend, a child of God…I find joy in the small things, and search for the beauty in everything. I am the Editor in Chief and Co-Creative Director of Darling Magazine, which is my passion project that I hope will bring more light and hope to the world.
Q: What made you want to start Darling Magazine, and how did you go about making such a big dream into a reality?
A: I was really inspired by author Wendy Shalit and her book, “A Return to Modesty,” which is a fascinating exploration on the state of the modern woman, men, chivalry, modesty, and sexuality. After experiencing personal and relational difficulties myself, and observing many women around me struggling with dating, emotional baggage, self-esteem, body issues and life purpose, I wanted to create the magazine I wish I had during the formative years of my life. My friend and Co-Creator of Darling Kelli Lane and I spent two years developing the foundation of Darling, then recruited six more girls to join us for weekly meetings of content development for another year; then we launched the website on 11.11.11, let that build for around 9 months, and put out our first print issue in September 2012! Now we have over 75 contributors in the U.S. and several countries around the world, and are currently creating Issue 2 coming out in December.
Q: One of your dreams was to have Darling Magazine in print, and you just recently accomplished that. Congratulations! How did it feel to accomplish that goal, and what are some other dreams you want to accomplish with the magazine?
A: It was a surreal feeling the first time I held it, and now every time I actually hand it to someone I feel so much joy—it’s incredible to see it in tangible form, instead of this imaginary thing I was constantly trying to describe to everyone I met! I desire for Darling to grow largely in readership, and to expand into selling curriculum for high school and college mentoring groups. We also want to host events with renowned speakers and partner with non-profits to give proceeds to causes we care about.
Q: One of the taglines for Darling is the art of being a woman including everything from activism to femininity to style to creativity and so much more. Was there a catalyst in your life that made you want to advocate for women and their stories? I’d love to hear about that!
A: There wasn’t a specific event, but rather my experiences mentoring high school girls coupled with hundreds of conversations with women that made me realize that women need, and feel so inspired by having a voice. They need to be seen. To be heard. To be understood in their personal story, joys, and pain. There is something about sharing with and helping others that makes women come alive; this is why I believe advocating for them and letting them share with the world is so important.
Q: With so much on your plate, what are some tangible things you do to stay inspired?
A: Being originally from Oregon, my main inspiration comes from being in nature. My husband Steve and I consistently get away to quiet green places, where I can hear my thoughts, talk to God, and get grounded once more. I also visit art museums and read classic authors such as Jane Austen that take me back to another period of time when life was simpler.
Q: Who are 5 people in your life that influence you most?
A: My husband because of his character, drive, and creativity, my mom because of her love for life, nature, and beauty, my dad because he is my model for being an entrepreneur, my friend Penny because of her wisdom, and my “college girls” Emily, Kelli, Annie, Lauren, Kelli, and Tiffany.
Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: First, an actress, then a figure skater. (Fun fact: I skated competitively for 5 yrs and still can still do spins and jumps, haha.)
Q: Outside of running a successful blog and magazine, what are some of your favorite things to do in LA?
A: I love going out to eat, (to sushi specifically), hiking in Griffith Park, visiting art museums, and of course, shopping always inspires my creativity!
Q: Right now, who are the bands/artists that you're listening to?
A: Right now I love Passion Pit, Nouvelle Vague, Hot Chip, Ellie Goulding, M.I.A., Classical music, and on the spiritual side, All Sons and Daughters.
Q: If you could give any advice to young women about pursuing their dreams and making them a reality what would it be?
A: When I first met my husband Steve, he was inspired by my dream for Darling and told me to think on the fact that “only action is real,” and that “ideas belong to the people that execute them, not talk about them.” He reminded me there were probably people before Henry Ford that thought of an automobile, or one earlier than Edison who had the idea for a light bulb, but they were the ones that did it. My advice would be, do it! If you fail, you will only learn—as often our failures lead us to our greatest successes, and mature us to become the person we need to be to handle the dream that will succeed.
**Thank you so much to Rachel Burney of Remba Productions for doing an amazing job on Hair and Make-up. Rachel is my partner-in-crime on this series!
*Wardrobe provided by Miss Sarah Dubbeldam's rad closet.
*Jewelry: 31 Bits