iola magazine

iola magazine the first issue

If you love good design, creativity, reading and music, – iola magazine is for you. If you’ve ever wondered about how to manage all the things: family, meaningful work, creative pursuits and how not to lose yourself in the process, – iola is for you. If you have faith in God but at times might describe your relationship with him as complicated and have been hurt on life’s road, – iola is for you. 

If your idea of a simple treat is some time out with coffee and a magazine that inspires not invokes envy – iola is for you.

iola magazine

We know what it’s like, you only have a couple of hours free time and you head to the magazine racks before going to the coffee shop and are greeted with racks and racks of glossy covers. Each proclaiming a million promises – “101 ways to get your summer body”, “10 must have career-worthy outfits” “Celebrity X and Celebrity Y’s shocking break-up”. Overwhelmed and slightly anxious by the choice you eventually turn away and head to drink your coffee whilst scrolling through facebook, feeling a slight sense of inadequacy.

What if you could find a magazine that encourages you right where you are, that lifts your spirits with beautiful imagery? What if you could read stories from women who live lives just like yours? Who have struggled through the same things you do, who know what it is like to question your life’s direction, wondered how to fit in caring for your children and feeling like you are doing something meaningful? What if there was a magazine that was a breath of fresh air? What if it’s creative prompts were gentle, accessible and inspiring? Well we came up with an idea….

Introducing iola magazine

With a focus on wellbeing, creativity, articles on life and relationships, a city to discover, creative prompts, beautiful scene photography, playlists, devotional, short story to read to your children, poetry, book introductions – iola is for you.


Soul food


You could carry on visiting that coffee shop, feeling overwhelmed and alone, you could buy that cheap celebrity gossip mag and feel judgemental, you could buy that creative magazine and never actually make anything, you could buy that fashion magazine and feel fat, you could buy that home design magazine and feel inadequate.

Or you could buy iola magazine.

iola is designed to inspire not invoke envy, iola will give you a refreshing break time.

iola is a return to the days before pinterest and instagram, where you can enjoy the tactile and physical pleasure of turning glossy pages filled with promise, healthy promises that bring real life. Without being drawn away to a million other websites with pointless content, iola is food for your mind and fresh air for your soul.

iola magazine is a quality print bookazine on thick paper stock with a card cover. It is designed to be a well-thumbed through work of art to sit on your coffee table to be returned to again and again. It includes:

  • 14 articles and stories
  • 14 international female contributors
  • 2 playlists
  • 1 poem
  • 5 giveaways
  • 30 beautiful uplifting photos
  • 5 creative prompts
  • 1 benediction
  • 1 story for your children
  • a cup of coffee* (well, that’s not true, we only wish we could include it, but it’d get spilled in the mail)

We’ve gathered a group of writing and creative friends to offer our best to encourage you along the path of living life well. We come from the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK so you may notice some grammar and spelling differences but I hope you will notice more what we all hold in common with you. After all, we read to know we are not alone.


Read more about the contributors and their words in iola here.

Readers feedback


Q. Where can I buy it?

A. If you are in the UK you can buy iola here on the website or on Amazon. If you are in the US you can buy it on Amazon. If you are in Canada you can buy it on Amazon. If you are in Australia you can buy it on Amazon. If you are elsewhere you can find it on your countries Amazon.

Q. Why is iola expensive for a magazine?

A. We believe the content is worth the price of the magazine. Independently produced with no advertisments incurs a higher cost of production. We describe it more like a journal or a bookazine. It also is designed to have a longer life cycle than your average glossy magazine. You can read it over several cups of coffee not just one.

Q. How often will iola be produced?

A. This is our first issue, out February 2018, we are planning for four issues to be published in 2019.

Q. Can I contribute to the next issue?

A. Yes we open submissions 3-4 months before the next issue. You can sign up to be notified when that happens and to find out more here.