Thanks to our readers, family, and friends, we’re celebrating our 1 year anniversary! We’ve built incredible relationships and shared so many real stories with real impact. We look forward to continuing our conscious culture movement and continuing our story alongside all of you. Here are 15 amazing things we did in year 1! We know we are a magazine, but we are more of a community on a mission.

01 First Issue Release
Inaugural issue release featuring our first city, New York City. Explore the magazine – learn the stories and meet our contributors. Click here.

02 Distribution
We are now stocking our magazine in NYC, LA, Switzerland and Hong Kong. See the full list here

03 Community
Launched our Community by hosting conscious conversations through our tweetups.

04 Conferences
Attended several social good conferences and big events like The Feast Conference, Mashable’s Social Good, Social Innovation Summit at the UN, South By Southwest, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

05 Collaborations
Collaborated with MTV Act to curate give back gift guides featuring our favorite socially conscious brands.

06 Conversations
Joined in on high-impact conversations by attending the Feast’s NYC Dinner Series.

07 Conscious Shop
Hosted our first-ever Conscious Pop Up Shop in New York City featuring conscious brands from around the world, thanks to our partner Made in the LES.

08 Conscious x California
Kicked off Conscious x California! Headed out to California to engage the conscious culture movement and prepare for our second issue: Conscious Los Angeles (coming soon!). We even met up with some amazing leaders, including Sevenly, Krochet Kids, and 31 Bits.

09 Meetup
Hosted a Meetup in Venice Beach, California and met amazing change-makers from HUB LA, Elle Communications, GOOD Magazine, and more.

10 Guest Contributors
Brought on new guest contributors to share human interest stories, how to’s for social entrepreneurs, and discussions for millennials. (Interested in writing? Go here)

11 Tell Your Story
Launched a new column called Tell Your Story also known as the intimate narratives by individuals who have overcome real challenges and are now making a difference with their stories.

12 Non Profit Partners
Partnered with Magazine Literacy, Rocking The Boat, and Eagle Academy to donate our print magazines to the teens enlisted in their programs. Read about it here.

13 Founding Members
We became Founding Members of This Good World and Be Social Change’s The Collaborative.

14 Our Team
Our team writers have published the most inspiring stories from  educational articles to influential interviews including, NBA’s Kyle Korver, Glenn Close, VSCO founders, and more.

15 Conscious Daily
Launched #ConsciousDaily – empowering quotes  meant to challenge and motivate you to make a difference throughout the day.

In closing, we are on a mission. This year, we launched Conscious with the purpose of telling stories about culture, people, and community that make a difference and highlight conscious culture as a movement. We wanted to be a different kind of media – one that uplifts the culture, challenges us to take action where it is needed, and is educational to keep us informed about what is happening from local communities to causes around the world. You have helped us achieve all of this – as readers, innovators, social entrepreneurs, and influential voices. We set out to change the conversation and deliver honest storytelling. We’re not about sensational headlines because we’re not interested in luring you in to gain your attention for a few seconds. No, we believe you have the power and a voice to make a difference, which is why we share stories of real problems and impactful solutions. We know everyone has the gift of potential, and we want to encourage you through the stories we tell to go after it. You can make a difference and change the world. We also wanted to begin building the blocks of our mission to build up the community, and we are taking a steps to get there.

What’s next? Our goal is to continue producing the print, growing our distribution across the world, and launching a program to help teens develop their writing skills so they can become the next generation of storytellers that make a a difference. So, let’s keep building, but first, let’s celebrate what is most important – you! You inspire us.