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Happy Love Day! Lets Go On A Virtual Run Together

Hello my dears,

Hope you are enjoying your "love" day. A friend of mine introduced me to running virtually for a good cause with werun5k.com. The idea must have been created by a creative planner thinking "what if.....". I think it is a fun and fabulous way to get everyone together and put healthy living on top of the list. We had almost 30 friends (including kiddos) come out to participate and spread the love.

To plant a seed in your mind, I created a visual inspiration just for fun. Enjoy!

With love,
samantha

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make simple awesome, that is all


"creativity is more than just being different. anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. what’s hard is to be as simple as bach. making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – charles mingus

 

Make simple awesome. that is all really. 

a date day off to enjoy A cup of coffee with someone you love.

wear an apron that makes you smile and get some fresh flowers. 

you are now both awesome + creative my dear. 

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the art of crabbing

It is a lifestyle.

If you invite me crabbing, this will happen. The planner and stylist in me comes out without a care in the world. I start gathering everything I can to help create an enjoyable experience. It usually involves food somehow. I can't throw everything in a grocery bag and just go. I have to put it inside a pretty picnic basket or box because it just makes me happy to do so. Then I have to take photos of it and share with you all because sharing is caring.

I do laugh at myself after the fact but find it all worth it. Here are some thoughts about practicing the art of crabbing.

Must Haves:
- easy going people who are doers
- 3-4 hours of your day (early morning or late afternoon)
- a good attitude
- luck and patience

Art of the Moment:
- enjoying the road trip
- standing still and feeling the water
- watching the kids swim and laugh
- observing other people fishing
- jumping when you can feel a crab crawling across your feet
- yelling real loud when you catch your crab ever
- smiling at your bucket of good eats
- enjoying the crabs with family and friends
- eating and talking til midnight

Inside Styling Box:

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Some Resources:
Surfside Beach, Texas
Blue Crab Fishing in Texas
Crabbing

With gratitude,
Samantha
 

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behind the scenes: weddings + marriage

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As of lately, I have been fascinated by the "behind the scenes" of both weddings and marriage. For weddings, the magic happens behind the scenes when a team of passionate creatives come together to perfect their craft for a greater purpose. As a planner, I have an opportunity to orchestrate key moments of the day which gives me valuable insights into simple yet helpful tips and tools. 

Tip: A detailed timeline empowers vendors to do their best work.  

Proper preparation and clear communication makes everyone happier. Eliminate assumptions and uncertainty by having a call or meeting with your vendors at least a month before your wedding day.  Get a good understanding of what makes life easier for them and don't forget to provide meals. Take care of your vendors as they will be working hard to take care of you both. 

Develop a detailed timeline specific to vendors for your wedding day to include such things as: meeting location addresses, parking instructions, loading area, requirements from vendors, key wedding moments, working hours appropriate to vendor contracts, break-time and vendor meals, etc. A final timeline version is then signed off by everyone to ensure all are on the same page.

Nerdy planner moment: vendor communication and timeline development are two of my favorite planning items. Love meeting and working with creative professionals, simplifying details to empower others, translating the bride + groom's vision with specific actions, and providing a blueprint (timeline) of the wedding day to bring your vision to life.

More tips to share next week!

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Behind the scenes of a healthy marriage: kindness and generosity.  Imagine how excited I was to come across studies done by psychologists showing kindness (with emotional stability) as the most important attribute for a solid marriage! Kindness does not mean you don't get angry or act like everything is perfect. It just means you choose how you want to express your emotions with good intentions and compassion. Instead of being defensive, critical, disrespectful, or stonewalling (shutting off) your spouse...you make effort to discuss your concerns. It is a much kinder way of handling arguments and differences in a relationship.

Generosity is practiced by focusing on things that can be appreciated instead of looking for things to criticize. Loving with a grateful heart folks! Look for things your significant other is doing right. I grew up seeing the opposite, which in many ways has helped me become more aware that kindness and gratitude requires a conscious effort on a daily basis. Be married!

Reference: The Mind Unleashed

With gratitude,
Samantha
 



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