The winter of 2010 was long, cold and hard. It was the winter that I created NW Georgia Living. Not knowing anything about publishing made it a more daunting task. I vividly remember spending countless hours developing and revising the mock magazine, handwritten in pencil. I remember my son commenting on my “imaginary” magazine. I rarely left the house, being either on the phone or emailing. Thank God I had the perseverance to never give up! Asking advertisers to believe and invest in an unknown entity was truly the hardest part. When my family was into horses, I literally fell off my horse frequently when I was first learning to ride. My mom would yell, “Laura, get back on that horse!” And so I did. By the beginning of May, the first issue of NW Georgia Living was born.
What I lacked in knowledge of the publishing industry, I made up for in my years of experience reading various magazines from Vogue to Martha Stewart Living with some Psychology Today thrown in. I took a pinch of this and a dash of that and, voila, I made my own creation! Now, working with my senior editor, Kat Carter, NW Georgia Living has morphed into a much anticipated, must have magazine published six times a year.
NW Georgia Living is the definitive lifestyle magazine featuring articles about decorating, entertaining, reading, traveling, fashion, advice and more. Our writers are from NW Georgia and their articles are about their areas of expertise. Jennifer Almand is our DIY Chick, and you can spot her frequently buying supplies in building supply stores. Guyeth Nash and Dr. Laurie Johnson are two of our regular advice gurus. Dana Thompson, our web designer, has written about cool apps to online dating. Aletia DuPree shares the most delicious Southern recipes and hints for entertaining! These are just a few of our very valued contributors that continue to bring the readers stimulating articles.
In our Departments area, “Calendar for Living,” compiled by my mom and editor, Gene Murphy, is one of our most popular departments listing events in all our surrounding counties and beyond. “Social Savvy” poses the tough questions to all of our staff, like how to respond to ”Does this make my butt look big?” “Only in the South” written by Marka Palmer is a column to never miss discussing fashion trends with a Southern attitude! Last but not least, “Robert’s World,” written by Robert Smyth, is hysterical.
NW Georgia Living constantly evolves and hopefully improves with each issue as we all should do with each chapter of our lives. We want NW Georgia Living magazine to be your favorite magazine; the one you snatch up at first sight and exclaim, “I love this magazine!”
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When life gets you down and others think you can’t…just pick yourself up, dust off the dirt, pull up your bootstraps and get back on that horse!