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The Life Giving List

Role - Creator, Designer, Word Writer, Life liver

Better known as @thelgl on Instagram, I created this account more as a personal project than anything else. About 5 years ago I was in the midst of a transitional season and I found that I was far from my roots. I wasn’t joyful and I had no motivation to do anything. About two months of this and I was ready for a change so every morning before I even peaked at my phone or talked to anyone I sat on the back porch and jotted down in my baby pocket moleskin atleast one thing, moment, or person that brought me life from the day before. This small rhythm of my day stuck through the years and it continues to make all the difference in my life.

So cheers to the moments that make your heart skip a beat, your vocal cords burst with a sound only you can make, and the people and places that have impacted you in ways no words can ever express. Cheers to abundant life.

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The Local Magazine

Role - Print Managing Editor, Contributing Writer

In this position I worked in the "big picture" realm as well as the nitty gritty detail side of designing a magazine. I spent my time pouring over layouts, fonts, colors, commas, stories, picas, pixels and everything in-between. Alongside the editor-in-chief, I created a strategy for two issues of the Local, a student-run city magazine, and lead the production from idea to print.

The vision for these two issues was a focus on the people who are contributing to the story being told by Birmingham today. While both issues met this vision, in the second issue we pushed outside our boxes and the industry’s boxes of what stories are worth telling and we redefined that for ourselves and others. The second issue contains words from ground’s keepers, pastors, zoo keepers, tattoo artists and more. As a team, we are thankful for the time we got to spend with these people and the hours spent creating a space for their voices to be heard.

Below are a small glimpse of the Local, If you would like to see a physical copy of both magazines, feel free to contact me.

Little fun note, the Ever Changing Canvas was one of my favorite stories to ever write. Half of the interview I conducted while getting my baby wave tattoo on my wrist. Waiting to write a story that beats that experience.

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