What are some ways to invigorate your annual events?
Annual events are awesome from a planning perspective because you can start with the previous year's plan, make a few tweaks and get to work implementing the plan. Everyone is familiar with the planning timeline and often there are just minor tweaks that need to be made. The biggest risk with annual events is that you can easily rely too heavily on what was done in previous years. How many times have you heard or said "We've always done it this way."? In addition to easy implementation, there's comfort and minimized risk in doing things the way you've always done them. However, it's important to mix things up and try something different. The easiest way to start is by looking at the feedback from the previous year.
In addition to the formal evaluation process, it's helpful to casually ask attendees onsite to share their thoughts for improving the event. I often collect some of the best and authentic feedback and suggestions, just by chatting with people throughout the event.
Let's consider 5 ways to spice up your next annual event.
Sooo I'm a bit obsessed with the solar eclipse that will happen on Monday, August 21, 2017. I booked my ticket to Nashville as soon as I heard Nashville was one of the major cities where you can see the total eclipse. This eclipse is really very cool because it has been 99 years (the last time was 1918) since the United States experienced a coast to coast solar eclipse. I'm thrilled to be in my hometown celebrating this very special experience with family and friends. Inspired by the eclipse, I've been on a bit of creative spree. Check out my eclipse party planning tips here.
Printable Downloads: Solar Eclipse Party Games
I created these games to keep folks entertained and to help them learn about the eclipse and astronomy.
Online Eclipse Party Invitations
These are online invitations that I created on Pingg.
If you happen to be in Nashville, you won't be disappointed if you visit any of these favorite spots:
I'm all set for Monday, I have my eclipse viewing glasses (and verified they're legit). I'm going to take the advice of the experts and just enjoy the experience. I hope you'll enjoy this unique experience wherever you are.
Follow my art inspiration board on Pinterest for the latest inspirational images.
I've found that regularly reading inspirational quotes is a wonderful way to stay motivated. These are a few of my favorite art and creativity quotes:
"The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable." -Robert Henri
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
- Thomas Merton
"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"Pictures just come to my mind and I tell my heart to go ahead."
- Horace Pippin
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse
"Art is not a thing; it is a way." - Elbert Hubbard
"Inspiration comes and goes, creativity is the result of practice."
- Phil Cousineau
Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see."
- Paul Klee
"Everything starts from a dot." - Wassily Kandinsky
"There is no must in art because art is free." - Wassily Kandinsky
"Take the ideas that speak to you. Use your imagination. Create something wonderful."- Oprah
"Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.: - Andy Warhol
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso
"The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart." - George Sand
For more inspirational sayings, check out the LoFL blog and my Pinterest Inspiration board.
Here are a few of my favorite recent pins...
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here is some fun information about the color green:
Sources: threeheartscompany.com, empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com, color-wheel-pro.com, colormatters.com
New hand-crafted greeting cards are now available at Caramel, located at 1603 U Street, NW in Washington, DC. Caramel is open 12-7pm on Saturday and 12-6pm on Sunday. These colorful greeting cards are unique works of art, individually created with paper and acrylic paint. I have been making these cards for 10+ years and I enjoy hearing from happy customers who love giving them to commemorate special occasions. The cards are ideal for birthdays, graduations, Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversaries and many other occasions. For custom orders, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The heart is the eternal optimist and the most popular symbol of love. In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some of my favorite heart quotes...
The meditation of my heart shall be understanding. - Psalm 49:3
Pictures just come to my mind and I tell my heart to go ahead. - Horace Pippin
There is no set path, just follow your heart. - Anonymous
The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart. - George Sand
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller
The heart doesn't know how to play it safe. Thank goodness. - Terry McMillan
There are some things in life that catch your eye, then there are those that capture your heart; pursue those. - Unknown
Do what your heart ask you to do! Decide to live, choose a life you want to live! - Saint Augustine
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius
God has put something noble and good into every heart His hand created. - Mark Twain
Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a light in the heart. - Kahlil Gibran
For more fun heart and love inspired quotes, check out my L'amour Pinterest board.