Flower Crown Society

Friday, August 8, 2014

Plywood Presents 2014

I first heard about Plywood People in 2012 when I attended one of their Friday morning coffee series. I was immediately intrigued by their business model on being problem solvers and empowering other entrepreneurs to do the same. Their outlook on social innovation was refreshing and inspiring.

With the start of Flower Crown Society, I loved connecting and collaborating with other creatives and like-minded thinkers. I did so through photo shoots, events, and dinner parties. But I had yet to attend something as large-scale as Plywood Presents. After hearing so many amazing testimonials from previous attendees and especially after hearing that Johnny Earle would be speaking, I knew I needed to attend. But with being a newlywed and pursuing my dream, I didn't have the resources to purchase a ticket. Instead, as a shot in the dark and leap of faith, I asked on Instagram if anyone wanted to sponsor me. The founder himself, Jeff Shinabarger, commented overnight saying that someone wanted to sponsor me. I woke up thinking it was a dream. How could someone, yet alone a stranger, be so generous in providing me such an opportunity? I was humbled and grateful.

So after months of being excited and waiting for Plywood Presents to come, I finally attended for the past two days at The Fox Theatre. Even with all the hype of it being "life-changing," it exceeded my expectations. There were so many amazing speakers who spoke about various topics, from facing your fears to doing more of what makes you happy. I couldn't stop taking notes with all the great content that was coming my way. And to even reflect on the fact that over 600 of Atlanta's best innovators, artists, and activists were under one roof? It was pretty incredible.

There were so many memorable moments and things I learned from the short two days. But in a few bullet points:

  • meeting Dale Partridge of Sevenly, and Johnny Earle of Johnny Cupcakes
  • attending with my husband, who also got sponsored only 5 days before!
  • knowing I wasn't alone in having a fear of rejection
  • realizing there is an incredible community in Atlanta that goes above and beyond for supporting one of their own in the face of tragedy
  • "anything long lasting and worthwhile takes time and complete surrender"
  • hearing 5 innovators pitch their ideas for a chance to win $5000
  • hearing one of the most empowering and encouraging speakers address the issue of gender inequality
  • learning that "people over profit" is a more sustainable and healthy model than vice versa
  • if you change the world, but lose your spouse/family, then you have lost
  • learning how to pitch to editors
  • learning that I need to differentiate myself in 12 different ways from competitors
  • and my absolute favorite moment: when my good friends got engaged! (see? this is a life-changing conference!) 

To end, I absolutely loved when Sid Mashburn spoke about our city and said "Atlanta is hopeful and helpful."

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Doughnut Day / 2

To celebrate Flower Crown Society's 1st birthday, Elicia and I went to Krispy Kreme for some doughnuts. If you remember from my last blog post, I've been on a quest to find the most delicious doughnuts in Atlanta. Krispy Kreme isn't a specialty doughnut shop, but I have to admit... their glazed doughnuts are my FAVE. 

What's your favorite flavor at Krispy Kreme?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Doughnut Day / 1

Everyone who knows me knows that when I love something, I REALLY love something. A few things on my list are elephants, The Little Prince, flowers, and doughnuts. Luckily for me, Atlanta has a few places that offer really delicious and unique doughnuts. I teamed up with my lovely photographer friend, Elicia Bryan, and went around the city looking for the best doughnuts. On the first day, we visited Dough and Revolution Doughnuts

I was doing some research and read somewhere that Dough offered vegan doughnuts but unfortunately, they didn't have them that day. Instead, I tried their sticky bun which was pretty tasty. After a few bites, I was eager to move to the next destination. 

Revolution totally spoke my language. They had details everywhere; from their adorable decor to their handwritten menu. Along with a cup of coffee, I ordered the salted caramel, nutella cream, and caramel bacon. Each one was super unique because of their cake-y texture, but the nutella flavor definitely took its place as my personal favorite for day 1. It was oozing with hazelnut chocolate goodness, and the texture was amazing.

Hope y'all enjoyed my first Doughnut Day. There are a few more posts coming soon, so stay tuned <3