For Girlbosses Who Need A Break

Photo: Rebecca Greenfield

Are you ready to start something up with me?

I’m Joyce Chang, a recovering overachiever, daughter of a Tiger Mom and former editor-in-chief of SELF Magazine. From the Get Go is for girlbosses when they need a break. It’s a happiness start-up. The foundation is a single question: What makes you—what makes me–happy? I took a year off to answer that for myself and what I discovered were five essential truths–a happiness code that has become the blueprint for the Get Go and how I live my life.

Happiness equals health.

Joy is a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it grows. Happiness is at the root of what makes us feel alive and well. The goal is not for you to become more like me or more like some unattainable, unrealistic Hollywood ideal. It’s about cultivating your own compass towards the happiest, healthiest version of you. Wherever you are is the perfect place to start.

Happiness is personal.

As a longtime editor and journalist, I’m an authority in living well–from fitness to food, beauty to style, physical to mental health. Yet the years I spent running a magazine were ones that left me exhausted and depleted. I knew I wasn’t alone. Women at the top of their games, readers, leaders and friends alike who were living their dreams–shared the same frustration. Something was off. So I gave myself a break. Not just from the rat race, but in small ways every day. My mantra has become less perfect, more peace.

Happiness can take different forms.

Sometimes it’s pepperoni pizza and a marg. Sometimes, it’s hot yoga. Other times, retail therapy. It can feel like leaning in or letting go. But the things that pick us up time and again are the same: We eat, we move, we buy, we reflect, we change. No judgments. Each in its own time.

Happiness shows up every day.

Every morning, Monday through Friday, when you sign up for the newsletter, a daily bite of feel-goodness will land in your inbox. It’s a note from me, sharing with you a recipe, workout, product, idea, experience, or suggestion that I’ve tried myself and found useful. Just one. I’ve chosen and vetted each with an editor’s eye and through a journalist’s lens. I promise no matter the topic, there will always be an explanation and reason for why and how. I promise to be honest and transparent with you.

Happiness is meant to be shared.

Thanks for joining me. I’m glad you’re here. Follow @TheGetGo on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Explore the site. There’s more to come. This is not going to be a perfect launch or a perfect process. I’m going to make mistakes and I’m going to learn. I hope you’ll stick with me through the bumps and let me know what’s on your mind. DM me or shoot me an email hello@fromtheget-go.com! I’d love to hear from you. And pass it on! I want this to be a place where we help each other embrace each day as a fresh start.

Let’s get going!