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Today I’m giving Decatur and Thrive Entertainment Guide some love here on the blog. Decatur has only been home for us since late 2010 so we haven’t even been here a decade yet, but I already feel rooted to this community and really would miss some of the great things this city offers if we were to ever relocate.

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One of the very first connections I made when I moved to town was with Katrina Smalley the publisher of Thrive Entertainment Guide, who I could gush about for days… Not only has Kat been excited about my business coming to the area since day one but she’s excited about this town and EVERYTHING going on in it! It’s her (and by extension, our) job to know about what’s going on in Macon county and make sure you guys do too. And I’m honored to be a continuing part of that effort through Thrive Entertainment Guide.

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I get to do a very eclectic style of work for Thrive with something a bit different every month. Often I get to cover and create images to tell a whole story (including a cover image!)…

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Other times I get to create portraits (like I love) of the movers and shakers doing big things right here in our little town. This is always a fun and challenging endeavor because, while I LOVE to create portraits, it can be a challenge to create a single portrait that shows you, the reader, who this person is as well as what they do or love. And I really push myself to keep these fresh, though there may be a Q&A portrait in every issue of Thrive I hope they’ll never be two that look quite alike (because these folks are all doing very unique and wonderful things).

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Still other times my contribution to the magazine drifts over to the commercial side with product images both for stories and for our supportive advertisers. And (hint hint) if you didn’t know already your ad in Thrive comes complete with my services to create images to show off your products to our readers! (Side note, my very own #BabyB has made about 3 appearances in Thrive already and you can see her twice below… it’s true, she’s a star!).

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And this past month, my husband even made a debut in the magazine as he was interviewed for a story on Macon Speedway and that’s his pride and joy custom-painted helmet you see (shoutout to INDOCIL).

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And occasionally… I mean VERY occasionally I get talked into writing for the magazine as well. Though ‘writer’ has always been a pipe dream of mine, I can’t say that it’s ever been something that comes easily so I admit I avoid it whenever possible. But when it comes with the promise of food and/or coffee who can say no?!?!

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And really all the best assignments come with FOOD (and friends)…

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Decatur really is a unique place and though it seems to get a bad (for some reason) it really is FULL of unique activities, chances for adventure in nature, entertainment from board games to art classes, theater shows to live music plus don’t even get me started on the park district activities and amenities (OMG so much to do!)… and so much more on the horizon (water park and ropes courses dude!). And if you ever have the thought that there is nothing to do in this city… pick up a Thrive (there are literally THOUSANDS available around town every month) and check out the center calendar, where you’ll also find some of my lovely clients!

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Because not only do I work for Thrive every month but it also works for me! Sharing and showing off my amazing clients and what we’ve been creating together.

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You can read these and all past issues of Thrive Entertainment Guide HERE.

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