Living Well: Michelle Galins

Learn how the designing force behind Mother Earth Living also designs a lifestyle of wellness for herself and her family.


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Photo by Kaija Galins

“There’s something spiritual about being in the mountains.” Michelle didn’t grow up in Colorado, but the state’s arresting, towering peaks and rich natural landscape seemed to be the perfect fit for her. So, she packed her bags and started her design career nestled right against the Rockies. “I like to be creative and outdoors,” Michelle says. “You can’t get any better canvas than Mother Nature.”

More than 20 years later, Michelle’s Colorado home is still one of her favorite places to be, and now she enjoys it with her husband and daughter. The state’s art scene and local businesses have exploded, matching the mindful, sustainable lifestyle that Michelle has created for herself across the years.

Michelle has been the creator behind Mother Earth Living’s beautifully designed pages since the magazine’s conception, and we’re excited to be launching our new “Living Well” department with her as its first featured profile.



Fast Facts

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Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

Designing with Direction

Fourteen years ago, Michelle joined Ogden Publications after searching for a design position that was closer to her heart. Ogden’s emphasis on natural, can-do communities immediately drew her in. And when Mother Earth Living was created, she became the magazine’s art director. “The message is really close to who I am,” she says. Every issue, Michelle visually brings to life the messages we want to share with readers.

The Journey to Living Well

Michelle grew up living a sustainable, homesteading lifestyle in Southern California, and when she moved to Colorado, she became even more invested in living well, and built a more homeopathic lifestyle around the one she grew up with. “After I had my child, it became really concrete,” she says. Michelle began to make her own baby food, pulled out certain ingredients from her family’s foods, and, above all, experimented. Since then, her sustainable and natural lifestyle has grown from years-long habits.



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