I have some incredibly talented friends.
The one I think I've known for the longest happens to live right here in Charlotte, lucky me.
We met in middle school in Northern VA. I loved her for her dry sense of humor and no nonsense attitude, which she still has 14 years later, lucky me.
We lost touch over the years and a few years ago we realized we practically lived down the street from each other and we picked up right where we left off, lucky me.
She has proven to be a true friend, someone I can talk to and share my feelings with. She is someone that understands me and the struggles of following my dreams. She was there for me during a really difficult time, I needed her and she was there, lucky me.
That's her, Amanda Pagliarini, or as her middle school friends know her- Mandi. Mandi spent several years as a free lance writer so that she could follow her dreams and finish the book she was writing, she is now the editor of nFocus magazine. I was proud of her for following her dreams (even though she has never let me read her book) and I'm so proud of her now because nFocus is a glossy, smart, well written, beautiful magazine.
I love flipping through the pages that are the product of my friend's hard work.
Of course it makes it extra exciting that I was given the opportunity to cover an event for NFocus. This is my first published article.:)
And because I wrote an article I got to have a little bio on the contributers page!
Another talented friend, Ginger Salmon took that picture of Rudy and me.
Annnnndd I have an ad in nFocus too! A big one. I had to throw this together last minute, notice anything wrong???? How embarrassing!
Enough about me. This post is really to tell everyone how proud I am of my friend. And to tell you to go pick up the first issue of nFocus!!!! You can find it at local boutiques and Harris Teeters.
In Mandi's editor's letter she writes...
As a writer, I have always strived to publish content that would do some good. It could be as simple as making someone smile, or helping to show something in a new way.
I did not think I would be able to feel accomplished or proud until the day I published a book and spotted it in the hands of a reader. But serving to bolster the philanthropists, nonprofits, artists and community builders in this city is an honor I can say I am exceedingly proud of.
Well my friend, you are a wonderful, kind-hearted and talented person. You've done well and you should be so proud! Obviously I am.:)