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Tania is currently the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Hudsucker, and Senior Editor at the Nashville, Tennessee based PopCulture.com. With past writing and editing credits with Womanista, Quietly, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) and NBC Newsvine, she is currently a member of Indianapolis based, Society of Professional Journalists — one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists. She is an avid Indianapolis Colts, Elvis Presley and baseball fan as well as a lover of pancakes and fine cheeses, film, and music. Tania is a Hoosier at heart with a passionate wanderlust for always traveling and giving back to those in her community. She is currently studying at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Follow Tania on Twitter: @westlifebunny.

Letter from the Editor: Live Everyday with Intention

Letter from the Editor - December 2014

Dear Readers,

With the holiday season now behind us, another eventful year comes to an end. It’s hard to believe that we’re just hours away from starting afresh and venturing into a brand new year when so much has happened in 2014. From tragedies taking place around the world to unrest at home with our fellow neighbors, to threats, disease, and insane politics, the world has seen its share of rough times in the past year. And at many times, it seems like the bad outweighs the good.

It’s equally hard to believe anything worthwhile can come out of challenging times when you’re suffering the pangs of a moment while the abyss of darkness seems eternal, and through these hard times you clearly see not just what needs to be done, but the type of person you want to be. If you change the way you look at things in life, the things you look at will change. 

Through my own heartbreak and personal losses from the past year, 2014 had such a profound effect on me that I realized how important intention truly is and the power that emanates from it.

Now while action motivates us and helps to define who we are, many will also argue that action is what determines intention to act in a certain way. It’s like a ’cause and affect’ relationship. If you have intentions to do something, it doesn’t always mean that you will take action. Conversely, if you take action, it might not always turn out the way you want it. Nevertheless, actions are essential in life and help to balance intention like the wings on a bird, but intention precedes it greatly because it dictates the action. To know the intention of an act is to really understand it.

If our intentions are not pure, how sincere is the action? When you set out on an intention and then act on it to demonstrate your commitment, desire or love, amazing things can happen and the life you imagine can actually manifest into reality. As a fluid act of will, it not only carves a path towards a goal, but is the perpetual force that runs through the Universe, helping you to attract what you really want or push away the things you don’t. In many ways intention can be personal and selfless, but is part of life’s puzzling answer to the “why” we often face.

The trials and tribulations of this year have strengthen me to not only reflect and rejoice in my blessings, but have made me look ahead to the New Year with greater anticipation. Intention is not always about willpower or the resolutions we make on New Year’s Eve, but that overall everyday visualization. It’s about the things we long for, what we believe we truly deserve and the immense possibility before for us.

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What most don’t realize is that intention can also give us resilience for dealing with tough times. Acknowledging that complications are mere tests, it is our intentions that make it possible for us to live through life’s progression with patience, strength, faith and dignity. Obviously it isn’t easy, but it helps to maintain our sense of balance.

This year was a particularly trying one, however, it allowed me to work harder and build myself to meet one of my major goals. My every intention was not just to grow as an individual and broaden my sights on life, but open myself up to a higher consciousness and understand the value of patience and time. Every moment in life brings with it thousands of opportunities and by creating intention for betterment, those opportunities become much clearer to the positive and accepting mind. It took me months to get to a place where I can finally say I’m comfortable and confident in the direction I’m heading and have no regrets about who I am.

As we head into another year, we will be setting goals and intentions on all kinds of resolutions; to make a career change, lose weight, get married or have children, move to a new place, start up a business just to illustrate a few. It’s through setting such resolutions and goals that we chart our positive intentions in order to facilitate concrete action.

These last few months have proven structural in some sense, but it works for me because I’m confident about my path through my intentions. Intention has infinite organizing power that pushes us to be our best self. By refusing to allow obstacles to consume or dissipate what we want, it is vital to look forth to our intentions if we want to understand the purpose of our actions, and that emotional tone within our efforts. Intention can be a powerful strength to have when it is accompanied by  purity and positivity.

Our intentions at The Hudsucker are to always provide you, the reader with smart, informative and one-of-a-kind-articles because you deserve it. The blogosphere is already peppered with a generic structure but media as you know is not a monolith and our team knows that. You won’t find common articles here like one-liner lists or “gif-riddled” pieces. What sets us apart from the other online magazines is authenticity and originality, and that starts with the foundation of who we are. We are a creative team—social journalists, discussing real stories with you, while relating to you.

This year our team and its writers met with great success. From continuing our February tradition of “He Said, She Said”, our advice column is still one of the most read features on our site to date with more than 35,000 hits combined with 200 search engine terms since starting in 2013. This past summer as we celebrated our second anniversary, an article I wrote and researched titled “Can You Have a Happy Marriage without Sex?” not only raked up a conversation online, but on television. The four female hosts of Canadian day-time talk show The Social referenced and mentioned the article in question for one of their episodes when discussing the controversial subject matter. In addition, we had a very successful August with our “Travel Tuesday” feature, one that showcased breathtaking and beautiful photography from our team.

Since our magazine’s inception, The Hudsucker understands the true value of teamwork. Throughout the year, our writers have been taking part in group collaborations and sharing their Oscar predictions, favorite one-hit wonders, best albums, holiday movies, and so much more. In November, four of our male writers even took part in Movember, helping to raise awareness on men’s health issues.

During the Fall, we got to meet some interesting personalities thanks to our Guest Writers feature showcasing real people with real opinions. With meeting such individuals, we were able to open up discussions on real issues thanks to social media entrepreneur and former cop, Edward Koczan commenting on what it’s like being a cop; digital strategist Kate Stoltzfus discussing the value of color; and world photographer, Michael Matti sharing why it’s so important to travel when you’re young.

The success and fun didn’t end there. At the start of November, one of our dedicated writers Chris Hill wrote an article about the eight horror movies that helped define and revolutionize the film genre—a perfect article that is a true testament of the quality writing you will find on our site. It was an article that garnered us the “Freshly Pressed” honor on the WordPress community. Soon after, we were noted by the community’s content curators as a “Recommended” selection for users in the magazine category, an honor and achievement that continually humbles all of us here. Since being ‘pressed’ and a recommendation, we have seen spikes in readership and are now read in 184 countries with our largest demographic belonging to the United States.

In 2015, we truly intend to bring about the best information out there for you—our valued reader. From the arts and entertainment, to travel and lifestyle, to interviews and news, we hope to bring a healthy dose of reality into your reading and feature real people who are making a difference with their work. Life is all about discovery and we each realize that every day. Our team is seriously one of the best out there. Writing with The Hudsucker has made each of them challenge their creative process and change the way they look at life and approach subjects. By changing the way they look at life, the things they see change

By injecting fun and personality into everything we do, you can bet the New Year will be full of surprises and exciting reads. Our intentions define us and it is intention that will set us apart from the rest. 

Happy New Year, readers! We’ll see you in 2015.

Read. Think. Repeat.


Tania Hussain
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Hudsucker

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3 Comments on “Letter from the Editor: Live Everyday with Intention”

  1. kalam December 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on kalamsfmarblog and commented:
    Recently started blogging, glad I came across this recommended read. Will be looking forward to reading more in 2015.

  2. stkmh December 31, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on stkmh.


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