It’s not every weekend that I get to meet industry powerhouses such as BJ Coleman and Annette Joseph. But this past Saturday, thanks to Erica Dias, the powerhouse behind The B Firm PR, I was able to hear these two wonderful speakers at Neiman Marcus Cafe, Atlanta for Erica’s Table of 20. In case you were wondering, BJ Coleman is a celebrity publicist (Kimora Lee Simmons, Naomi Campbell, Brittany Murphy and Queen Latifah are just a few from his long list of celebs) and Annette Josephs is best known for her work as a stylist and entertaining expert for Atlanta Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens and The Today Show. I went to this luncheon not really knowing what to expect, but I certainly left the luncheon feeling a renewed sense of purpose and an enthusiasm for this blog!
We walked in to a lovely table set by Suite 14A. The food was fantastic, as all things NM Cafe tend to be, but then to also get dessert from Sprinkles and TK Cakepops? That was just the beginning …
BJ Coleman spoke first, and has a wonderful story to tell. He spoke of his drive and ambition, starting his career at age 15 in Washington, DC. I love how as a child he would watch TV and think, “How do I get into the box?” He told of having to start at the bottom, working for BET and being an assistant. His drive to succeed from an early age was so refreshing, and that is something that as a mother, I felt like I could apply not only to my own personal goals, but one that I could share with my children. BJ said so many things that impressed me, but one thing that stood out to me is the reminder to aim high. If you aim low, that’s where you will stay–at the bottom. Reach for the stars and you never know where you will end up. While that was not verbatim, nor a new quote, his stories of working hard, setting goals, and perseverance shows that he believes what he speaks.
BJ is currently working on a book and I can’t wait to read it, as I know he will use his personal stories of success to deliver his positive and motivational message.
The second speaker, Annette Joseph, is someone I could listen to all day. I love hearing what creatives have to say and hope that some of that spark will rub off on me : ) While this was my first time meeting Annette, I was familiar with her work because I am a GOOP fan (the on-line Magazine/blog founded by Gwyneth Paltrow). Annette was the one who designed a home for Gwyneth in 10 days!! I read the article first on GOOP and thought it was so impressive because the space is incredible–tenacity for sure!
Currently, Annette is in the process of buying a school in Italy, where she lives part of the year. In that school, she will host workshops focused on food styling and photography. I am hoping that I will make it to her school in Italy one day soon…Here’s to paying my dues and making that happen as food, photography and travel are my favorite things! Who’s with me?
Again, a big thank you to Erica’s Table of 20 for hosting me. Two hours well-spent for sure and a great way to start my favorite month of the year! Not only did I leave with a bag of goodies from all of the wonderful sponsors, I also had renewed confidence and inspiration for Atlanta to Alys. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend attending. For the next Erica’s Table of 20, follow her on Instagram @thebfirmpr I love that this event is right here in our wonderful city too!
Happy November everyone, and I will see you soon!
Update: I am currently working on a new theme for this blog, as some of you may have noticed from the new format. I am also learning to use WordPress, and it’s not as easy as I thought it was going to be : ) I am hoping the construction and learning curve will be complete and up to speed soon– Stay tuned and thank you for your patience during this reconstruction process! (The patience part is directed toward my husband too, who is my tech guy and helping me out when he’s not working at his other job ; )