YOU GUYS – my world is full of food.  And it is wonderful.  Saturday was the first-ever Yard 54 brunch in Atlanta with Chef Rawle Fraser and creative communications partner James Martin.  It was invite only this time around since it was a soft launch, and it just so happened that all of the attendees were female.  The purpose of this first brunch was to get feedback from local foodies who know their stuff, and from my seat’s perspective everyone had a really wonderful time.  I know I was thoroughly impressed by the menu and the courses presented.  My favorite dish was probably the lemon bar with raspberry sauce, house made fromage blanc, and lavender honey… yes, as good as it sounds!  All portions were very generous and every one of our needs were met.  Stay tuned for the first official brunch and sign-ups here.  It is the perfect way to kick off any weekend!

Saturday James and I traveled to Nashville for the inaugural Twelve in the city!  We stayed with our dear friends (and Twelve hosts) Emily & Chuck.  They were graciously giving on all fronts, and their house was the perfect setting for the dinner.  We had a few logistical issues setting this particular Twelve up… but we always knew that hosting in out of town cities would be harder than doing them in our own.  It ended up being well worth the effort, and we really look forward to traveling to other places throughout the rest of the year.  In case you missed it we are doing an open call right now for an upcoming Birmingham Twelve hosted by Morgan Reaves, and also one by James and myself in Atlanta, both in April.  Click here to learn more and put your name in the hat.

The film fundraiser is going really great… but we still have 5 days left if you can consider a contribution towards our project!  We continue to get some good coverage of our efforts (more on that very soon) which makes us feel really good about what we are doing.  We’ve put a lot of work into making this process fun and interesting, so we hope it has been on your end as well.  Tomorrow night is our first major production meeting with the full crew where we will take a serious look at the front runners of the story competition (currently, Bubble & Pink).  Shooting scripts are being developed, production schedules proposed and creative plans devised.  There will be obstacles as there always are with any film endeavor, but I feel confident in our team to end up with a beautiful piece of art that we can all be proud of.

Last night while having a drink with Joe & Andrea Walker, we talked a lot about what it means to realize your dreams.  We all agreed that nothing worthwhile comes easily in life – you have to work hard for what you want.  This is true in relationships, work and art.  Rewards come to those who stay the course, keep focus, and seek their happiness.  Sometimes I feel like a hampster in a wheel, not making much progress at all.  But when I look back at past actions, outcomes and current goals, I know I am continuously moving in the right direction.  What direction is that exactly?  It’s where the light shines the brightest on my face, leading the way to a greater understanding of what makes me happy.

Playing in the spring sun with the bean.

Playing in the spring sun with the bean.

Nashville Twelve!

Nashville Twelve!

The portrait of James that I drew :)

The portrait of James that I drew 🙂

Yard 54 menu

Yard 54 menu

Yard 54 goodies... as good as they look!

Yard 54 goodies… as good as they look!