So, WAY back in June I co-hosted a special event that Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show put on with Bing. It was one of a handful of parties across America that this fancy lady was organizing, along with local creatives and vendors in each city, to share a bit about her story and message to embrace your talents and potential and share it with the world.
It was not only one of the most fun evenings I've had since moving to Colorado, it was a bit dreamy to get to hug Alison's neck. I've been a fangirl of hers for a few years and have been so inspired by her ability to make things happen for herself whilst encouraging other women along the way!
The event was held at a beautiful venue in downtown Denver and Melanie of You Are My Fave added her magic with all of the beautiful decor and styling. I was so thrilled to have the chance to hang out with both Rebecca Caridad and Heather Grey throughout the evening as they were both able to contribute with florals and photography. I also got to meet a few lovely ladies I'd only known through Instagram and blogs!
We had dinner from a taco truck followed by gourmet ice cream and popsicles from local artisans whilst chatting about blogging, motherhood, shopping, etc. We each had our photo taken by Mountain vs. Plains and were turned into illustrations that we were later able to take home as favors.
We had a lovely session with Alison and learned a bit more about Bing's tools for bloggers before I took the figurative stage and walked everyone through warping their looms and adding fringe before getting their weave on. It was my first time doing a teaching event in awhile and I found myself thinking in blog tutorial mode. Everyone was gracious when I gave them the wrong instructions on doubling their fringe length and we managed to get things figured out in the end. It was lovely watching their woven pieces take shape and knowing a few had found their new favorite hobby!
At the time Smith was about three months old and sweet Brett had him and the big kids downtown at our hotel with a bottle of my milk-a bottle that he decidedly refused to take so that he had more time to cry. Brett handled it like a champ so that I could have this four hour stretch with some fantastic gals doing what I love. It left me feeling so refreshed and a bit more connected to something that gets a little lost between diaper changes and midnight feedings. Let's all clap for Brett.
I'm so thankful I got the opportunity to do something a little outside my 'I have a new baby and don't get out much anymore' comfort zone because it was so, so fun and I would've missed out on hugging that sweet Alison's neck!
Moral of the Story: If you're invited to share about something you're still learning how to do yourself and you're pretty nervous about how it might all come together, but your heart beats a little faster at the possibility of how exciting it might also be, go ahead and commit.
You won't be sorry.
Even if you have a slight wardrobe malfunction all night and your seemingly modest dress no longer covers that nursing cleavage. It'll all still be great.
See for yourself below.