Do you remember when you were a kid and you wanted to be a famous athlete in the Olympics, or be the student that is twelve and is in high school, or an actor on The Partridge Family? You know, the people that were your age, but were already successful in life? That is how I feel when I read this magazine. Many of us are struggling to keep the bills paid, house clean, meals cooked and look for a job. We cannot make changes due to financial/economic situations and family obligations. I know that the people profiled in your magazine probably worked hard to get where they are in life, but not many of us have the money or the situation to reinvent in the ways written in the magazine. I don't know about the other "mature" aged women out there, but I have never been a highly paid executive for a large corporation with lots of many in the bank and a lofty retirement package waiting for me. I am an artist, naturalist and educator who would like some advice on how I can get to the next step in life without sacrificing what makes my life balanced and my mind clear. I don't need to read about Hollywood stars, how to look thirty, or getting a divorce and turning into a lesbian. After reading In Praise of Real Women in your September issue, I was confused to say the least. Although these women may be "real", they are not relatable. Also, you discuss how these people are not celebrities, but then continue to name Malaak Compton-Rock, Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis and Rita Wilson in your article. Anyone who has read More already knows how wonderful these women are based on prior issues. I don't think that I am the only person who may feel this way. I have been reading the responses on the More website and can see the frustration. I think that I am the average woman who feels as if there aren't magazines out there geared towards me and my fellow "mature" readers. I enjoy kayaking, cooking, baking, tennis, hiking, traveling, spending time with my "children" (my two dogs), and trying to figure out how to live a life continuing doing these things, while making money doing what I love so that I can be "comfortable”. I dream of starting my own business and constantly research ideas and take classes that interest me, but at times get discouraged because of the lack of money and the economy. I am learning to listen to my heart and body by sacrificing an eleven year career as a teacher so that I can once again be happy. I do not shop at high end stores, and am very sensible when it comes to money, because I have never had a lot of it. I have accepted the fact that sometimes life doesn’t work out the way we expect, but we keep trudging along hoping that some time in the near future we can be More selfish and focus on being HAPPY, regardless of what society thinks of us and what we should be at a certain age. We have a lot of life left in us! My suggestion for More is that you focus more on the average woman. After all, aren't there More of us out there? If you continue focusing your magazine on the upper 10-15 percent of the population, then I believe that you will lose More readers like me. Since I do not like to give criticism without suggestions, I am including some ideas that I would find interesting.
Career -More magazine introduced me to Vocation Vacations, but I have yet to try a VV because of family obligations and money situations. Sometimes we have to sacrifice for others for the time being. How about information and suggestions on how to get into another field without having experience? Everyone focuses on how college graduates can get a job without experience, what about the rest of us that want or need to change careers for various reasons. How about setting up mentors and allowing a fortunate reader the experience of a lifetime. More always discusses how we should help each other, well this would be a great way to share and inspire. Maybe an article every other month with follow-ups? I would find that inspirational.