AWBU 2014- Finding Where I Belong

AWBU 2014- Finding Where I Belong

Have you ever walked into a room and felt completely at ease? Felt like you could strip off the layers you may pile on, and just be yourself?

I don’t experience that often. I am usually self-censoring, monitoring myself, making sure I am appropriate for the time and place. However, at AWBU this weekend, I felt that personal freedom. It was awesome.

I learned a lot, made some amazing new friends, and have a renewed inspiration and focus for this space.

I want to recap some things so I don’t forget the details….but in the coming days, I will be sharing recipes that I learned at Foodie Friday, sharing more about the amazing Arkansas companies that we heard from, and giving you more details about the direction I’ll be taking here.

So, let me take you to Rogers this past weekend for AWBU. Friday we all met up at Northwest Arkansas Community College in their AMAZING culinary area for Foodie Friday.  While this event was mainly for food bloggers (which I am not!), I really enjoyed learning how to take better food pictures, and how to cook some recipes.

A highlight was when chef Matthew McClure from The Hive at 21C in Bentonville came and taught us how to make a roasted chicken and okra-touille (a recipe I’ll be sharing later in the week!).  The smell in this room was out of this world as he cooked.  He sort of made me want to go to culinary school.

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We were treated to some yummy bites…and gallbladder be darned, I sampled them.  We had one of the most delicious BLTs I’ve ever eaten, courtesy of the Farmer’s Table Cafe in Fayetteville, and we had a belgian ale from Ozark Beer.  And I don’t always love beer, but this one was GOOD.

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Another highlight was meeting some online friends in real life.  I stole this from her Instagram, but this is Jacqueline from Creative Outpour.  She’s pretty awesome (and just look at that leopard skirt. I die.)

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Friday evening, they took us to the Rogers Little Theater for some delicious food, entertainment by Sock Monkey Improv, and a night on the town.  We got a group together and walked around Rogers to the Brick Street Brews for a drink and some laughs.  These ladies are amazing.  This is me, Jenny Mac, Sarah, and Amanda.  Erin was taking the picture. 🙂  I had a darn good time with these ladies. And not just these 4, but all of them.  Everyone was so honest, gracious, fun, and authentic.  I have much to learn about being that way as well.

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Me and my roomies, Amanda (from the pic above) and Kim stayed up entirely too late talking and laughing Friday night. But when you find a place that feels like home, you don’t want to sleep…you just want to enjoy the moment.


More on AWBU tomorrow. Until then,


  1. Enjoyed you very much! Looking forward to reading your re-caps!

  2. Brittney:

    It was great to meet you at AWBU. I really enjoyed our conversations and dinner at Bonefish was awesome. It sounds like Foodie Friday was great. Unfortunately, I missed most of it. Thanks, Friday afternoon meetings at work (who does that?). I look forward to keeping in touch. You have a great spirit! I’m so happy I met you.


  3. It is so rare to find a group like ARWB! We are so blessed! You’re right that it was so easy to just relax and be yourself. Even if that meant being silly and strapping on iPhones with rubber bands. I already can’t wait ’til next year! #VlogTog #ProblemSolved

    P. S. Thanks for linking to my site! I’ll let you know when the Etsy listing for the necklaces is up and running. 🙂

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