1. Give us some insight into the how and why behind the creation of Enneagram Magazine.
We had just come off doing a passion project for our dear friends at Beauty in the Common (shout out to them!) and realized we actually loved doing that project together, so the idea of a magazine was swimming around for awhile. Then one day this idea popped into Molly’s head (which we believe came from God) “what if it was centered around the Enneagram”. So she called Bekah, and we started dreaming and working on it soon after that!
Our mission is to pursue greater freedom through the Enneagram by intentionally creating collaborative space that inspires growth towards God and others.
Our Manifesto is:
We believe we are all part of a bigger Story taking place in and around us, and the Author at the center of that story, Jesus (Hebrews 12:1) Therefore, we give God the glory for any good that is produced out of this adventure, for apart from God, we can do nothing. We believe we have been gifted tools, namely the Enneagram, to live out of a place of freedom and seek to equip others to use the same tools. We believe in joining people wherever they are on the journey and are committed to using language that is redemptive and free of any shame. We are committed to being lifelong learners, and believe we have something to learn from every single person. Collaboration and diversity will be our dear friends- pushing us beyond our own comfort and perspective. As we pursue our dreams, we will be aware of the mentality of scarcity and seek to be generous, remain open, and work from a place of rest not ‘hustle’. We value hitting the pause button, celebrating life together, and working to not take ourselves too seriously.
2. What makes you both passionate about this project, and even more specifically, The Enneagram?
We have both experienced a large amount of freedom in our lives, especially over the past couple years and are zealous for people to find the same freedom. While knowing that freedom ultimately comes from God, we believe that God has given us tools and abilities to live free lives. So often we think of captivity coming from an external force, but we have found that some of the greatest bondage we have cames from our internal world. The journey inward is scary and can be quite overwhelming. We found that along with wise guides (counselors, mentors, friends on the same journey), the Enneagram was one of the most helpful tools towards navigating our internal landscapes and finding freedom from lies, habits, and coping mechanisms we didn’t even realize were there. We believe the Enneagram is not the means or the end in and of itself but it packages time-tested wisdom that has been helping people live the free life Jesus describes in John 10:10 for centuries.
3. Can you share any major inspirations or motivations behind this project?
We both love print, especially beautiful magazines like Kinfolk and believe in the power of unplugging, grabbing a good cup of coffee/tea and sitting down with a physical resource that can challenge and inspire us towards greater health and freedom. Especially in the digital world we find ourselves in currently, the idea of slowing down with something printed is quite a change of pace. We are excited to be a piece that can break a pattern of digital isolation and consumption, and move to a slow deep dive of inner growth and relational awareness with those around us.
4. Enneagram Magazine is about to launch! What are you ladies most excited about regarding it's launch, and what can we expect from it?
We feel so blessed and open handed with what is to come. We have said from the beginning we feel like we are just along for the ride, there is a movement that we are being swept up in that we know is not of our doing. The doors that have been opened and the connections that have been made can only be explained by a divine mastermind who is the chief networker and orchestrater of these things. We have just been saying “yes” and God has been taking care of the rest, each and every step of the way.
As for details this week’s launch is our first issue called the Enneagram Primer. This issue was intentionally created as our first to layout a foundational language to the Enneagram that is easily digestible and approachable for newcomers. Beyond this launch we will start launching quarterly issues come the new year. These issues will be topic based and will carry articles, imagery, resources, and prompts related to the Enneagram and the topic covered in that issue. Our second issue to release in January is the Creativity issue.
Again, we are excited to be riding this wave and are greatly humbled from the feedback and encouragement received along the journey already. We hope our magazines can help bring about growth, freedom, clarity, and healing to areas in our lives that have needed light.
5. Were there any struggles, fears, or other obstacles that you overcame while working on this project?
We both experienced several times of crippling discouragement. We also had a few times of just a domino of different life circumstances hit us one right after the other. We worked through past pain together and our fears and triggers from working with people in our past. We would also say we were met with what Steven Pressfield called in his book The War of Art, resistance. We would occasionally text each other and ask for prayer saying something feels off or I am struggling and not quite sure why or not sure why this specific thing is bothering me so much. It’s real and can most definitely tempt you to quit altogether.
Not to mention the thousands of resources popping up all over the place for the hot topic that is the Enneagram. It’s easy to start to get into a camp of ‘us vs. them’ mentality and we have made it a point to stay far from this mentality. The fear sets in of not being enough, “How can just 2 people make this happen?”, we are under-qualified, and many more. As said, the wind in our sails is undeniable and encouragement along the journey from friends, family, and new faces. We’ve learned that opposition and fear is pretty much a guarantee, so the question becomes, how can we use this to motivate us to keep moving? We started being open about these fears and allow ourselves to work through them honestly. A phrase we often say to each other is, “Well, if this journey was just for us to learn more about ourselves and the Enneagram, it has been well worth it. If it happens to resonate with other people, awesome.” The win for us has been in the process and the cherry on top is the stories that continue to roll in by God’s grace.
6. What encouragement or advice can you offer those with a dream or passion that they are in the midst of pursuing, or have yet to pursue?
Take the first step, whatever that is, take one small step of curiosity into the land of “what if”. I would also say reach out to a trusted friend and say “hey I have an idea”. There is something insanely powerful about speaking dreams out loud. It is the first step in really bringing them to life. Continue to flush out the project and make some goals and action pieces that keep you committed and build accountability. Be okay with things moving slowly. Don’t just buy into the hustle. Give yourself space to really wrestle with the passion/project you have and allow it to steep in your soul and in prayer. You’ll be amazed at the richness that will develop in the waiting and processing.
We also went through a StratOp for the magazine and it was a game changer as far as giving us language and clarity. It gave us a road map and helped us identify blind spots.
7. So what does the future hold for Enneagram Magazine?
We are taking it one year at a time and have been working on content for the 4 issues that will release in 2020. We are then planning on doing topic based again in 2021 and then do a magazine focused on each number individually after that. All subject to change but that is our plan at the moment.
"We are currently working on our next issue focused on Creativity through the lens of the Enneagram. We are SO excited to share all of these amazing voices and perspectives with our readers! You can find us at our website www.enneagrammagazine.com we would love to hear about your own Enneagram journey and have a brief questionnaire on the site under “contact”. You can also join our newsletter there! You can also find us on Instagram @enneagrammag. There we will have updates, giveaways, and more!"