Getting Energy From Ideas/Behind The Scenes With Momentum

"I like getting my energy from active involvement in events and having a lot of different activities. I’m excited when I’m around people and I like to energize other people. I like moving into action and making things happen. I generally feel at home in the world. I often understand a problem better when I can talk out loud about it and hear what others have to say." --Myers Briggs description of extraversion


I was reminded of how much I'm an extravert last night while standing with a group of people, including those pictured above -- Celine, Shaun, Jamie, and Chris. They were gathered to shoot a pilot for a new project called "Momentum."

It was shot at Salt Fine Catering, an amazing Birmingham business whose owner, Robby Melvin, cooks for small and large parties, using local ingredients. He's a talented chef whose passion for cooking and sharing food shows. Robby joined our porch chat for a few minutes while serving these incredible biscuits with fig spread and olive oil.  



I helped prep for the shoot and had the pleasure of spending time with the participants while they waited for the shoot to begin. The filming is where the big ideas were discussed, and I actually had to duck out before it started.

Being a little part of a project like this gives me energy. And sitting on the porch with these friends for a couple hours prior also did. Shaun, a brilliant foodie and founder of FoodBlog South. Chris, the first person to make me feel welcome at the magazine when I started and a gifted illustrator and comic. Celine, a stylist with a knack for lifting people's spirits as well as putting on the perfect lip gloss. Jamie, one of the bet relationship builders I know (on and offline). Jen, who has so honestly written about her quest to evolve in her blog

Inside, coordinating the shoot, was Scott Pierce, who created WhyBhm and now Momentum. (My video for WhyBhm which also relates to connection and community, is here.) The project is his brainchild and based on the simple concept that great ideas are shared over a meal. Last night there were five people, around a table, talking about ... well, more on that to come. It was a huge undertaking. 

All of these friends are accomplished, and I love hearing about their projects. But I also love knowing them, and feeling comfortable being able to walk up to a porch and start talking -- about silly things, about big things. Some of us have long histories together, other are more recent friends. But we all share this excellent connection based in creativity and community. Extravert or introvert, that's just good stuff. Lucky to be a part of it. 

Related Links: Dishing With Robby Melvin From Salt Fine Catering

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