June 1, 2017

Events vs Happngs

The definition of an event usually is defined as a happening of importance. When I think of events, things like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and graduation award ceremonies with medium to large attendance come to mind. As events became my life’s work, I found a much greater appreciation for their inherent ability to unite and reside in the infinite possibility of the present moment. These abilities are in our core being and when the opportunity presents itself the results are limitless and the keepsake exists in the form of a memory.

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May 25, 2017

Less is More

A good friend of mine recently shared a story with me about how a person was writing a letter and at the end said “I apologize that the letter is so long I just didn’t have time”. How ironic but true. Our ideas and thoughts are so often brought to life in a flurry of energy that present us with countless options and opportunities on how to proceed. Only through iteration and a lot of grace are we able to refine our inspiration into something that simply can resonate on its own.

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March 29, 2017

Better We than Me

Everyone knows the phrase “stuck in your own head”. There’s so much truth to that statement. The greatest and most exciting life altering conversations I have ever experienced have always been in the company of somebody else. Conversely some of the most damaging and uninspiring ones have taken place with my good old buddies between my ears with me, myself and I.

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March 23, 2017

Happiness through Togetherness

I’ve had the good fortune recently to be connected with some truly inspiring people. One of them is Luis Gallardo the founder of the World Happiness Summit also known as WaHaSu.

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February 22, 2017

Happening Feng Shui

Energy plays such a significant role in a happening. Feng Shui is a Chinese belief that aligns material elements with natural elements in order to create balance and harmony. I have a process that was inspired through Feng Shui that I apply to all of my happening Designs. Below are the three key elements:

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November 30, 2016

Clean Energy

One of the most important topics of today is clean energy. How to create it efficiently, affordably and effectively deliver it. Myself not being a scientist nor an engineer; I too am standing in the audience waiting for the next breakthrough.

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November 23, 2016

Happening Foundation

Much like great storytelling, creating a significant Happening starts with a solid foundation. Sparked by a wide array of causes. All following three key steps: beginning, middle and end. In many ways, an event is a live life story unfolding.
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November 9, 2016

Habit or Necessity – Part 2

With my car now parked, at my office garage, I usually take five minutes for meditation and prayer utilizing the Insight Timing app. I am now able to have those zen moments from almost any place and at any time. Upon entering the office, I engage in some pleasantries with my coworkers before I get to the job at hand. This may entail interruption via a pat on the shoulder or a look around the corner into their space to gather their attention as most are logged onto a computer screen in conjunction with headphones in place usually plugged into a smart phone. Full Story »

November 2, 2016

Habit or Necessity – Part 1

Do you ever feel like you are doing something just for the sake of comfort and not need? This wonderful world we live in is progressing at such a rapid rate that it is not so much what we as a people can evolve into, but rather how much of this evolution I can absorb and apply into my daily life.
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October 18, 2016

Collaboration!

One of the things I enjoy most in the turning dreams into reality business of event design is the collaboration process. Entertaining is a very intimate process if handled properly. As mentioned in my previous blog , coming up with a singular theme and carrying it across all aspects of an event , is such an important element. Full Story »

September 6, 2016

Live Your Dream!

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The onset of new love brings a flurry of a spectacular series of significant moments that resonate to the core of our being. In the case of your true love, the experience incomparable and indescribable to any other! It is truly a magical gift! Full Story »

August 30, 2016

Love in Fall

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With the fall season just around the corner. I eagerly anticipate the change. Growing up in the Midwest seasons offered for dramatic changes to both environment and lifestyle.

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August 24, 2016

White Light Experience

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Eight years ago, I had what I relate to as the white light experience during which past, present, and future all became crystal-clear. My vision for the destiny of the special events industry, and what steps needed to be taken for me to embrace it were invited into my conscious. Ever since then I have put a plan into motion from that day forth. Now many years, countless hours, and millions of dollars later with a tremendous team by my side; from the Happening, Vendor Acquisition, and General Manager, to the Communications, Design, CTO, Technical, Legal, and Accounting teams, not to forget a great group of advisers all of whom so generously offered their much needed experience. Now the service has been tested and proven over 500 times with outstanding results in five major markets. We are ready to bring forth the next wave, allowing for beautiful affordable Happenings for all!
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August 11, 2016

The Power of the Linen

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One of the easiest ways to create an effect when entertaining is to introduce color to your linen selection. Whether it’s a gathering of 2 or 2,000,a family dining room or a grand ballroom, linens play a significant role. A simple change of bringing in color through the table linen can change the whole feel of the room. This effect can be even more enhanced, when adding candles or lights to the table, drawing even greater emphasis on the linen. The effect works twofold. First, a set dining table, especially one with flowers, is always a focal point in any room. Therefore the introduction of color through the linen will heighten this impact. Second, in a dining environment a large portion of the time is spent at the table and the linen forms as the backdrop for this engagement. It not only frames the flowers, but the food and the guests as well.
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August 4, 2016

Pick by Potential

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Have you ever gone out looking at a home, and fell in love with a particular feature? Like a view? Now with that view set in our minds, we judge all other options against it. Did we consider that it was important due to the particular time of day that we walked in to the house? And that there was nothing else in the house but windows? Therefore all you really had to look at was empty space or a view? I too have gone down this path, and made choices based upon some particular feature. However more often than not after I have moved into the space, and made it a home, that particular feature no longer bears the same level of importance. A great example is a property I had not too long ago, it had the most spectacular water views and when I first saw the space the water views stuck in my mind. Year’s later I realized that the water view at nighttime was just a black void, and the premium that I had paid for the view would have allowed for me to have a much larger space. In hindsight, I would have rather had more interior space then a water view that could only be appreciated during daytime.

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July 23, 2016

The future is so bright!

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I envision in the near future, the ability for an individual to contemplate the idea of a happening by simply reaching out online. To find an informative, resourceful and reliable provider, that will allow you to create complete happenings of any type, of any size, in any location with any budget. The customers will have the choice to determine to fund their happening on their own, or with the help of a greater audience. Once reserved, customers will be given complete access to their entire happening details, allowing them change and amend their happening in real time. Assisted by a first rate happening management team, accessible to them from anywhere at anytime. Offering companies as well as individuals a complete array of services, encompassing all aspects of requirements for the creation of memorable moments. All presented and managed through a certified network. This service will allow clients to utilize one source, to manage everything, review and refine all details within their personal time frame.

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July 15, 2016

The power of we!

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As far back as I can remember I’ve always been challenged by my shyness, the security of grabbing onto my mom or dad’s leg when meeting someone new. Through my teens my shyness tendency often would overwhelm me. Things like the first day of school, or attending the dance were often dreaded as much as anticipated. The concept of burying my head in the sand, or the desire to just be a wallflower, frequently loomed in the forefront and was ever present in my subconscious. This is one of the many characteristics of my being that I don’t completely understand, but have learned to accept and co exist with it. How ironic is it being created by togetherness, my relationships, food and shelter, transportation almost all vital components are a result of togetherness through a community. Yet often, I find myself overwhelmed or fearful of the connection.

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June 29, 2016

Old Dog New Tricks

I’m not sure by who or when the phrase was coined, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I am here to tell you that with the changes we as a people have made to embrace ease and convenience provided by technology, I think it would be fair to say that this statement does not apply across the board.

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June 25, 2016

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What does it really cost all in? These days, planning anything can be so challenging when it comes to managing a budget. I find this experience to be even more overwhelming in my beloved events industry. When I first started, I learned very early on that when planning events everything is subject to change, and one of the biggest items was the bottom line. For the most part our industry is set to send out quotes factored on base prices, and mentioning different service fees, taxes and gratuity that will be added to the final bill. In many cases these additional fees are not tallied in the quote, and they all combined can add almost another 1/3 to the price!

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Tom Noel • Event Guru • Happngs.com

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