AFTER THE LAUNCH of Opium3, we left New York. We were tired of drinking too much, of staying up too late, of consuming endless quantities of Original Ray’s Pizza and peach-flavored Chupa Chups. Our sleep was jittery, our mornings achy and muddy-minded, our moods a far cry from steady. Opium was getting a short shrift. Of course, we blamed New York City for all of this.
WE THOUGHT San Francisco’s pretty views and early bedtimes would save us, and for a time, they did. While strolling through a bookstore, we uncovered David Allen’s Getting Things Done and virtually exploded with possibilities. We found nutrition, ate raw for a time, wrote mounds of fiction, committed seemingly endless hours to Opium’s online redesign, and still had time left over (to ogle You-Tube videos, take hourly peeks at ESPN headlines, and watch twelve episodes of Heroes…back to back).
BUT SOMETHING wasn’t right. We were taking ourselves, and our self-betterment, far too seriously—which is how Opium4, our Life Coach Issue, was born. In this bound copy of ohming optimism and boot-strapping good cheer, we take a stand against finger-pointing and mirror hoarding, declare self-seriousness the sworn enemy, and hopefully leave you floating in a cloud of clear-minded bliss. We promise it’s like nothing you’ve seen before, and better yet: we promise you’ll laugh.
WELCOME. We couldn’t be happier to have you join us.
Elizabeth Koch (Executive Editor) &
Todd Zuniga (Founding Editor)