Simplify and Repeat

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I neglect things when I over think.
Here’s to dropping down a view notches… Again.

Garden Party at Gather.
Photo Cred: Burketown
Blouse: Judah Ross


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Doo Wopping Stampeder

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If you looked at the first image and thought I’d formed a 60′s soul group, rest assured, I haven’t. Although my mom and sister could pass for back up Doo-wopers. BUT, if you guessed “oh she’s delivering her final pitch to a packed house” then ding ding you’re right. The Startup Stampede gave me a free ticket to run my mouth. I don’t think I’ve ever talked this much in a 2 month period. Oh but I’m sure my husband would disagree. Talking about myself and my business and why it’s so great and WHY EVERYONE SHOULD THINK SO is no small notion. But it is what it takes to be confident in what you’re doing. The more I talked, the easier it was to fish out the silly nonsense and get to the black beans and potatoes (we’re semi-veggies over here). Anyway, constant handshaking led to roof-top chillin with my loving husband, my sister Karla (who surprised me from NY) and my oh so cool parents.

Big thank you and sloppy kiss to the Startup Stampede.
Check out the other startups that won space in the incubator:
Offline Media
Seam Happy
The Makery (more about them later)
Sweeps
Social Media Phobias
The Art of Cool Project
Alekto

(Iphones in the house. Credits: Charles Robinson, Karla Mickens)


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The People’s House

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This has been a year of exceeded expectations for sure. Just the other day, The Man and I attended a gala at the Governor’s Mansion. The guests of honor were female business owners of all walks of life. If you told me I’d be standing in a room with real estate agents, techies, artists, landscapers, all in HEELS, I would have side-eyed you.

I took home an award that night for the most daring business. Please know that although I am doing the work, God has undoubtedly taken the reigns as my PR, Marketing Agent, and High-Fiver. Woo Hoo…I must be dreaming!

Start something ladies and gents. Start something and do it well.


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Durham is Great: Awkward Faces to Convince You

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Please excuse my absence. I’m making a strong comeback with a video of my pearly whites.

A few months ago, I was contacted by MSN to show off the parts of my city that I love. The irony is that although I was born and raised in North Carolina, I’m a country girl, I’ve tried to leave more times than I can count. At least in my mind I was always some where a little more cool.

Ironically, I have re-fallen in love with my state. Especially the Durham area. The internet is on fire about this city and its neighboring capital, Raleigh. The Triangle area is definitely one to watch.

At the time of this posting, I have yet to watch this video. So the chances are very high that you are seeing it before me. I think I’ll wait until I’m alone in a closet and can squirm at my awkward super hyper facial expressions I’m prone to making when I’m excited. (That was a breath full) I’m sure they were all edited IN and not OUT.

Enjoy and share with your good people.

Here’s the Direct Link: http://www.rediscover.msn.com/city/250956138/video/20

(Thank you:  MSN/Buick Team, Tiffany, Blaine, Christopher, and the rest.)


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A Few Filtered Photos

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Filtered photos. Instagram. Same thing.

Truth be told, Instagram is a great coverup for writers block and extreme busyness. I always find the time to snap a photo and upload to the ‘gram. And when I feel I’ve butchered my analytics, those filtered photos save the day.

Follow me on Instagram: @freshlygiven.
And then click over to my accesories sale which ends really soon: Shop.Freshlygiven.com


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