I live in Atlanta, GA where there are so many cool places to hang out and explore. As a business-women and blogger bae, I find that I am more productive when I go out to a coffee shop or lounge to get some “real” work done.
Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite places to go to work, chill and enjoy peace.
There’s a Starbucks on just about every corner in the city. I’m lucky enough to live across the street from one. When I want to have a workday or a quick meeting I go to Starbucks. I can knock out a lot of work at Starbucks rather than sitting on my sofa getting distracted by everything in my apartment.
The Dancing Goat
This cute coffee shop is a new one I recently discovered. It’s a great place to have a work date with your favorite Boss Bae. There are 2 locations in Atlanta, one in Buckhead and another near Ponce City Market. The Ponce location is my favorite (pictured) they have an outside seating area with swings. I have literally sat in the place for 6 hours straight planning content and working on my weekly to-do list.
Ponce City Market
Ponce City Market is such a beautiful place with so much to do. You can eat, shop, network, and work. The second level of the building has cafe seating, perfect for you to disconnect from the madness and answer a few emails. I actually did my very first branded blog photoshoot at Ponce City Market this summer.
Piedmont Park & Morgan Falls Park
I find the park to be the best place to go to destress, clear your head, and think of new creative ideas. As much as I love a picnic in the park, I enjoy just sitting in the park with a notepad and pen to just write. Journal my thoughts and feelings or jot down the many ideas running through my head. I’ve found it to be the best way to spend some quality alone time.
Just like Starbucks, Whole Foods is a great place to dine and work. Atlanta has a new Whole Foods location that has a rooftop. The rooftop is equipt with games, a concession stand, and dining tables. This is the perfect place to have a small group meeting to grab some food while getting some work done on a beautiful rooftop.
TELL ME, where do you go to get work done or just relax?
It’s no secret that I love podcasts. I listen to podcasts more than music now. I used to have the perfect schedule of podcasts. I literally had a different podcast of new episodes for everyday of the week (Monday- Friday). But “The Read” switched up days on me and I stopped listening to “Sword & Scales” so no my podcast schedule is all over the place right now.
I listen to podcast on the iPhone podcast app, its free and great quality. But if you don’t have a iPhone you can tune in via Sound Cloud, Pandora, and Stitcher.
Podcasts I MUST listen to weekly…
The Breakfast Club
Deadass with Devalue and Khadeen
Podcasts I listen to based off the topic for the week…
Hood x Holistic
Fck Work But Ima Go
Mediocre to Masterful
Small Doses with Amanda Seales
Podcasts I listen to every now and then…
Jada and XD
Jesus and Jollof
Newly subscribed to…
The Boss Print
Tell me, How often do you listen to podcasts? And what’s your favorite Podcast?
Technically, Winter doesn’t start until December 21st but if you from Georgia winter started weeks ago. I have already started my winter traditions. Here are some of favorite things about winter:
Winter Fashion – Coats, Boots, Sweaters, Leggings, and Scarves, etc.
Winter fashions are my favorite. I love cozy clothing and colors. Leggings and a oversized sweater with my Ugg boots are my go to outfit for any day of the week when its cold.
Christmas Trees and Decorations
Its that time of year where I get super creative and crafty. I love decorating just as much as I like making gifts. I can’t wait to share my christmas decor projects with y’all. so stay tuned.
I love blankets. Blankets are for sure a part of my top 5 favorite things. I love making blankets and quits just as much as I love shopping for them. I have two blanket projects I’m working on that I can’t wait to complete and share with you.
I cherish when I have a day I can lay around the house in a oversized shirt and cozy socks and watch movies all day. I will put my phone on DND and watch movies back to back to back, or catch up on a series I haven’t watched in a while. My favorite christmas movies to watch every year is This Christmas and Best Man Holiday.
The best thing in the world is being around the loves you love with all your heart.
My moods this February has been super chill. My focus has been self -discovery and working on my passions and purpose in life. Fresh flowers and dream catchers have been my inspiration lately. As a kid I was fascinated with dream catcher, but somewhere down the road lost interest. Now that I am seeking meaning behind my purpose dream catchers keep popping up in my journey (…maybe it time to do a Dream Catcher DIY).
I have been attending some really dope networking events and mixers lately. So I thought it would be a great idea to share recaps and key takeaways from each event on my blog. If you don’t already know, I currently live in Atlanta, GA. And as I take this journey to grow my side hustle into a business I NEED to networking. Last year, networking and going to events were a struggle for me. I would scroll through Eventbrite or Facebook and see so many events that I wanted to attend but failed to actually go because I had no one to go with me. Now, I am putting that fear behind me and getting out of the house more. I must say, I have connected with some really DOPE young moguls who are making things happen.
It’s always good to connect with like minded people for inspiration and business connections. This weekend I met at least 5 people I want to stay in contact with to work with on either a event or business collaboration. So if you are in the Atlanta area, I want to encourage you to GET OUT AND NETWORK. Follow me on IG for upcoming events (on my IG story).
January 5th: LEVEL UP: Caught Between A Dream and A Job
This event was hosted by Young Entrepreneurs of Atlanta, featuring some dope panelist that shared their business startup stories and advice for living in your purpose.
Tiara Johnson,The Dream Coach and Owner of TLJ Agency for Brand Management and Public Relations | IG: @tljagency
Erica Dias, Owner of The B Firm PR and Creator of Table of 20 | IG: @fashion101ed
A few of the key life hacks and gems I took from the panel discussions:
#1 Stay FOCUSED; Focus on what YOU really want and keep you focus on making it happen | Just do it!
#2 Be a good person! Stay mindful of who you are and how you treat others. You will not be successful when you are trying to break others downs. Treat people how you want to be treated.
#3 Your character is important. When you’re starting a business, networking and working with other people, you need to be likable and a pleasure to work with to keep a steady flow of business and partnerships. If you are a negative and nasty person, people are not going to want to continue to work with you. You can be the result of your own failure.
I love a turn up after work happy hour/ open bar event. The Ask me what I do Networking Event hosted by My Networking Appeal ( IG: @mynetworkingappeal) was not you ordinary networking event. Of course there was food, a DJ and free drinks, but this event also featured a DOPE Photo Booth from Moment in time rentals and a cool networking game throughout the event. Upon arrival everyone received a email for the “Networking Game”. Everyone was challenged to meet 5 people working a 9-5 and have a business, 3 people that’s ready to quit their job for their business and 3 people with a dope elevator pitch, etc. To keep the game going there was about 2 to 3 rounds of this game.
I thought the networking game was a really good idea to encourage people to talk to someone that they didn’t know. Because I will be honest, when I arrived I scanned the room and jetted over to the people I knew as soon as I spotted them. That’s not really NETWORKING. But I was thinking if stick with them, I might be introduced to someone else they may know that I don’t- or I could introduce them to someone I knew that they may not of known before the event. That’s how I tend to make connections. But the networking game encouraged people to go up to one another and just start talking. My shyness got the best of me until a Real Estate Agent just walked up to me handing me her card and asking me my name and what do I do? Of course that sparked a healthy conversation that lead to meeting a bartender and stylist. That’s what networking is all about.
January 12th: Glitter and Goals Vision Board Party
Last year, I connected with TLJ Little League (IG: @tljlittleleague) as a mentor for young girls in the Atlanta area. We meet once a quarter to mentor girls from 4th grade to 12th grade. ” Girls with dreams, become Women with Vision”. As I am walking in my purpose and living my dreams I want to always be able to reach back and instill that into our young, brilliant, beautiful females. Back in October, I got the chance to host a self care session with the girls- teaching them how to make DIY face mask and body scrubs. I think I enjoyed playing “beauty” just as much as the girls did. It warmed my heart to see them participating and engaging in the session. This weekend we had the 1st event of the year that was had a major turn out. This time we had more girls (all ages) attend and we even have more mentors now. The program is rapidly growing and I cannot wait to see what’s in store next.
January 12th is National Vision Board Day, so you know exactly what we did… MADE VISION BOARDS. We started by giving each girl a paper butterfly and asking them to write down their DREAM. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” With their DREAM in mind the girls started on their vision boards and setting goals for what they need to do to make their dreams come true. Kids are so creative and innovative, I was surprised by the level on context some of the girls gave when explaining the finished project. Everyone made such creative vision boards with great ideas and goals to put behind their dreams. I love listening to youth speak passionately about their future.
My day to day activities are fueled by my energy levels and mood throughout the day. Sometimes I’m happy and cheery, sometimes I’m angry with an attitude, and sometimes I’m just in my feelings. Music and podcasts are my outlets for changing my moods and staying in my lane.
I start my morning out with my bible app or inspiration podcast. I use my bible app to listen to daily scriptures and plans. I am currently completing the Luke 12 day plan. I have a few inspiration podcast that I like to listen to here are my favorites:
On my way home in the evening I love listening to audible books. I am currently listening to Becoming by Michelle Obama.This audible is 19 hours and narrated by the ONE and ONLY Michelle Obama herself and I love it. I will be driving home listening to the books, and she’ll say a word and I’ll start talking about like we having a real conversation. Sometimes, I have to pause the audible just to talk to myself. Queen Michelle Obama is speaking a word of honesty and truth in this book and in such a gracefully unapologetic manner. I LOVE IT!
Once I get home I want silence. Pure Silence for at least 30 minutes to an hour. No TV, No phone, No music. That’s my distressing time. Then the good podcast come while I’m cooking, cleaning and blogging- and those are:
A few weeks ago, my friends and I got together to celebrate one of our dear friends birthday and party with a purpose. The birthday guy requested we all bring items to make blessings in a bag. This was such a great idea and it warmed my heart. My friends are truly amazing!
We gathered most of the basic essentials …. likes bottled waters, cereal bars, fruit snacks, socks, tissues, toilets, over the counter medicine, and first aid items for the blessing bags.
As we partied and mingled, we also each made a blessing bag to put in our cars to bless a person in need.
So, I road around for at least 2 weeks with my blessing bag in my car. I honestly almost forgot about it. It wasn’t until I was at a red light on my way home and saw a man standing in the cold holding a cardboard sign. My first thought was, “It’s cold outside! Do I have a blanket in my truck to give him to keep warm?” Of course, I didn’t. But it dawned on me that I had the blessing bag I made with my friends at the Party with a Purpose kickback. I reached behind my seat and pulled the blessing bag from the pocket behind my seat and rolled down my window to give the man the bag. He smiled at me and said, “Thank you! God bless you.” In that moment my heart was full and I wished I had more to offer him in that moment. It was then I realized how important it is to keep things like blessing bags handy. You never know when you might come across someone in need and want to help them. This motivated me to start keeping blessing bags in my car for the next time I come across someone in need.
Blessing bags are easy to make and has the potential to make a huge difference to someone in need. Please be prepare to lend a helping hand at every moment possible, you never know when if could be you that needs the help from another stranger.
This weekend I took a much needed trip to the cabin with my college friends. We’ve been to Ellajay and Helen so many times that we wanted to try somewhere different. So, this year we went to Gatlinburg, TN. We take this trip every year and every year we make so many memories and build stronger bonds with one another. I’m so happy to have friends like them. The Smokey mountains were good to us. We stayed in a nice big three story cabin with a wrap around porch, hot tube, movie room
Of course we took a ton of photos…
SATURDAY FAMILY PICTURE DAY
CABIN ACTIVITIES: CABIN PAGEANT & SIP N PAINT
Group Shirts made by me with the Cricut Air Explorer 2
Kayla Heard is a new friend I’m getting to know. She and I are both full of amazing ideas, I hope we get to work together soon. In the meantime, I have asked her to be a guest blogger because she a true Passionista. I met Kayla this year through a mutual friend. We have been really connecting our creativity and drive to expand our brands as businesswomen. I think she has a really inspiring story and meaning behind her brand Experience Elegance that can motivate others.
For Kayla, event planning started as a hobby that blossomed into her passion. Friends and family always left Kayla in a frazzle when they arrived late or waited until the last minute to plan their events and celebrations. She then took it upon herself to relief her anxiety and began to take matters into her own hands. A customer service guru and bubbly attitude has taken her far in the industry as she continues to build a good reputation amongst her peers and fellow colleague. Well known for her down to earth personality and go-getter attitude, she strives to bring each client an over the top event, leaving them with nothing less than a personalized elegant experience. Kayla dedicates her spare time on growing her company and brand.
Welcome Kayla Heard, Event Planner, Author and Passionista!
As a fellow Passionista, my biggest passion is me, Elegance. As a brand ambassador for myself, I spend time learning the new trends in my industry. Being a hospitality guru, I like to look into all aspects of the industry however events are my niche. As an entrepreneur, I’ve been in the industry for over 5 years and I’m loving it more and more by the day. The trends, the people, and the creativity involved in the hospitality industry are exciting. Detail, logistics, and the overall planning of things get me going.
Now I know I introduced Elegance in the beginning but there’s a method to my madness. My company is Experience Elegance Event Planning where we plan events and specialize in logistics. Experience Elegance is my baby. I birthed her at age 21 and she’s been my sole focus since. I’m passionate about curating events that go by flawlessly even when everything could be going wrong. I pride myself on breaking the myth that 90% of events always start late and when I say I pride myself I think about my brand as a whole. The flow, look, and creativity that are displayed in my services reflect not only my company, but my brand. My passion stems from me making sure my company thrives even when I don’t feel like it. Passion goes pass the financial satisfaction you’re trying to attain. As we know entrepreneurship gets tricky from time to time, but it has molded me into the so much of the woman I am today and I wouldn’t trade it for the work.
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