Introducing Our New Managing Editor, Chelsea Roff

Dear Intent Community,

It is with great sadness to announce the news to all of you that I will be stepping down from my position as editor of Intentblog by the end of this month to fully pursue my intention of becoming a full-time illustrator and comic book artist. The last three years (!) have gone by so fast, and it has truly been an incredible journey working with the Intent Team and being a part of such a positive and compassionate community dedicated to manifesting peaceful intentions for a better world. Thank you everybody–the Intent Team, our Intent Voice bloggers, and all of you Intenters–for your inspiration and support!

Please welcome Chelsea Roff to the Intent family, who will be our new managing editor of Intent Blog and has many exciting plans for revitalizing our ever-growing community of bloggers and readers. Below, Chelsea shares with us a few things about herself, her passions and interests, and how she plans on growing the Intent Blog community.

If you had to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?

Happy, driven, visionary, inquisitive, loving

What were you doing before you came to Intent?

Let’s see… For about the past year, I’ve been serving as Managing Editor for an online yoga magazine. I have had such a good time doing that… basically I got to spend my summer traveling around to different communities to write about and feature the work of inspiring people doing amazing things in the world.

What else? Service has played a significant role in my life; in Dallas (where I just moved from) I co-founded an organization called Studio to Streets that offers free yoga classes in juvenile detention centers and homeless shelters. I teach yoga. I also just finished up my Bachelor’s Degree in Health Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Texas Arlington, so I’m a bit of a nerd at heart. Oh, and I write. Of course. I love to write. That’s been my life over the past four years in a nutshell… I’ve had my hands in many pots!

Why do you think it is important to set an intent? 

Intention, to me, is all about bringing awareness and purposefulness to our lives, to the way we relate to ourselves and others, to each and every moment. When I set an intent, I enter into an agreement, a promise if you will…. to live better, happier, healthier, whatever it may be. If I bring my actions into alignment with my intent, the benefits will ripple out to effect not only me, but every person I come into contact with. That’s powerful.

Have you ever had someone randomly buy your cup of coffee at Starbucks? Maybe you felt so grateful and inspired that you felt compelled to buy someone else’s drink for them the next time you were there? That’s intention. We change ourselves, and the world changes because of it.

As the new managing editor, what is your intent for Intentblog? 

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and really I think it can all be summed up in one word: Community.

I hear a lot of people nowadays bemoaning how much time we all spend in front of our computers, but to be honest, I don’t think it’s always a bad thing. The internet (and especially websites like Intent) provide us with tremendous opportunities to build community beyond traditional borders. When, in this history of life on this planet, have we ever been so aware of the circumstances faced by people hundreds of thousands of miles away from us? When have we ever had so many different opportunities to connect with likeminded individuals? When has the notion of building a global community ever been so possible?

My intention with the Intent blog is to build community. To share stories, connect people, and provide resources for us all to live more happy, purposeful, and peaceful lives.

What is your personal intent? 

My intent (for my entire life, mind you!) is to do something worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize. The keyword in that sentence is worthy! I don’t care if I actually get one, but wow… I would be a very happy woman if I went knowing I had contributed to making this world a more peaceful place.


 

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About Yumi Sakugawa

Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Southern California. She is the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU and a regular comic contributor to The Rumpus. Her second book YOUR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BECOMING ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE (Adams Media) comes out in December 2014. www.yumisakugawa.com

Comments

  1. All the best to you Yumi and thanks for all the inspiring drawings. I loved all of them!!
    A warm welcome to Chelsea! Reading about you I am sure sooner or later you will click the "I did it" button and succeed with the Nobel Price intent!

    1. Thank you for your warm message, Sofia! I do still plan on continuing to contribute illustrated mindfulness comics from time to time, so that won't be completely lost. :) Thank you for looking at them!

  2. Such a talented artist you are Yumi. I admire your ability to inspire stories of kindness through your work. In a world filled with distractions you stay the course. Best wishes for all your future artistic sharing.rc