I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I won my first poetry contest in fifth grade. I got to present it at a big assembly in front of other schools and I won a ribbon. I cherished that little blue ribbon and I haven't stopped writing since. A talent for poetic structure turned into a career a songwriting, which then opened doors to writing short stories on blogs which led me to my love of creative writing and eventually I found myself enrolled in college for journalism shortly after Mr. Charming and I became engaged.
From working on a newspaper (which showed me I DIDNT want to work in news media) to publishing my first book, it all led me to where I am now, staff writer and creative fashion correspondent for Runway Magazine. I adore writing about fashion and working in social media. I actually get giddy-level-excited to go into my office, in all it's pink embellished glory, a space all my own, and work. It's how I know I'm doing what I need to be doing.
Cliche coming at you in five... four...
Don't let anyone tell you you can't achieve your dreams, kiddos. Because you can. You don't know where a path can take you. The journey in writing started for me twenty years ago and I had no idea that being an avid fan of English class would take me on a journey such as this. So I watch in awe as The Lord allows my one precious and beautiful life to unfold before me, all the while working hard and using the tools and passions He has blessed me with.
Which brings me to my post of the evening. Tonight Mr. Charming and I are packing to leave for Hollywood in the morning. And as I do so, he cooked me up some organic chicken and veggies. Mmmmm.
Runway is launching the Spring issue tomorrow night and I am so excited and honored to share in it with my Runway fam. I also adore that Mr. Charming and I will be staying at a beautiful hotel, it's one of my favorite parts of traveling. Prayers for safe travels appreciated! I will be posting a special on my travel page soon... this hotel doesn't have a kitchen so ill be getting resourceful on the road! And I always love to share my foodie travel tips!
This is also totally off topic, but this photo just melted my heart... and though football is probably my least favorite thing on the planet, I would talk football with this little one if she becomes a fan. Maybe she could teach me something. I do know that as her aunt, I hope to inspire her to go for every dream in her little heart and I will cheer her on every step of the way. Ballerina or botanist. Football player or Disney princess.
Welcome! My name is Mandi & I hope you stay in this happy little space a while. I'm a Christian, a wife to my Mr. Charming, mama to baby Greyson, healthy food-lover, traveler, professional journalist and Personal Nutritionist who hopes to inspire others with my story...
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