A Recap: Bing’s #Awesome Event

 

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

{Some of the event attendees, including Rapha, rockin’ his amazing floral pants! Alison must’ve said something to make Blue Eyed Yonder and myself crack up.}

First thing’s first: confession time.

If you were to ask me my humble and honest opinion about whether or not I love Atlanta, my answer would be a resounding “NO.” I’ve told God over and over again that I don’t think this city is the one for me {namely the traffic and humidity}, and if He could kindly remove me and implant mountains back in my life, that’d be swell.

But iiiiffff I were to stay for a bit longer, I’d like to be connected with some great people, creatives who support one another in their trades, ones who inspire and encourage me, the type who help others network by initiating, inviting, and introducing.

I’m blessed to say so far, I’ve received the latter part of my prayer, and I’ll take it with gratitude, because things are unfolding slowly and steadily, and the people I’ve had a chance to meet have been utterly lovely.

Like those I met at Bing‘s Search For Your Awesome event near, you guessed it, downtown Atlanta! 

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

Cue sweet Anna, a bright and energetic wife and mama of three who I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working for these past few months. She’s all about creativity, and she’s given me a lot of freedom to help out in her new business, The Brand Market, where I coordinate many details for her one day workshops all over the country. She has a lot of influence in the blogging world, and moreover, a heart of gold, so when she invited me to be a part of Bing’s event, co-hosted by the warm and hilarious Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show, I immediately cancelled other {unimportant} plans to make sure I didn’t miss it. {And just to be real about Alison for a sec: she practically bulldozed tables and chairs and flung her whole self across the room to be the first to welcome me to the party, and she exuded so much joy and love and positivity the entire night, even after traveling to + hosting these events for weeks on end; she’s definitely the kind of person you’d want in your circle on any day, good or bad.}

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

And you know how sometimes, all of your worlds seem to collide, and you feel like you’re only separated by a few degrees from almost everyone? Well, enter the sweet and talented Jamie Jimenez, who I’ve also had the pleasure of working with on social media + blogging for her line of hand-lettered + illustrated goods at Yours is the Earth. She and her husband, an incredible chef, also run Homespun Atlanta, and they catered the entire event with a tropical island-themed menu. Everything was delicious, so I obviously went back for seconds and thirds, and loved watching Jamie co-host to teach about food pairings, herbs, and even edible flowers. Yum!

Bottled drinks were provided by Onli Beverages, and that’s me up there, working on my own table-scape with new acquaintances!

 

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.com

I had the chance to meet handfuls of other talented folk, too, like the sweet and southern Blue Eyed Yonder, who provided most of the amazing furniture to stage the space for guests to sit at and utilize. I absolutely love what she and her husband create!

Speaking of space, the whole studio and all florals were provided by Amy Osaba Events; to say I was swooning over both the whole night would be an understatement.

King of Pops provided some cold, sweet popsicle treats!

All in all, the night was nothing short of magical, and I’m honored to have been a part of it.  I even chose my seat wisely and sat next to sweet Megan, who has worked for Alton Brown of The Food Network for the past 6 years. {Now, I just need my own cooking-show, and life will be in full-swing!}

Some of my biggest take-aways were these words of solid advice:
+ Use what you have
+ If you want different results, do things differently
+ Invest in people who invest in you
+ Give thanks, give love, give your gift
+ Not to mention, Bing generously gave us all $50 worth of advertising + 1,000 Bing Points to take home and use. Did you know you can get paid in FREE gift cards to use their search engine, as well as pin photos straight to your Pinterest board?! Google needs to step-it-up! 😉 

To all involved, and to Anna for kindly extending the invite, I’m grateful. #ThanksBing! And if you want to really feel the vibe of the night, check out the video below. Cheers to being awesome! 

*All photos by the talented Haley Sheffield, unless otherwise stated. Stay tuned for another recap of my time at Plywood Presents in Atlanta last week, coming Monday!