Every year, I anticipate the start of October. Shocktober is my favorite season of the year!
The spirit of Shocktober is to try and watch as many of the below films as you can, knowing in advance that it’s probably impossible to watch a movie every single night. Trust me, we never get through the list.
St. Patrick’s day is one of my favorite holidays. Okay, I love all holidays, but St. Patrick’s day is special. Not only am I Irish, but I love celebrating my family traditions, dressing up in green, watching the local parade, and enjoying plenty of pints with loved ones.
When it is said that on St. Patrick’s Day “everyone has a little Irish in them,” it acknowledges the ways in which we are a better culture for having added another set of experiences.
Now that you’ve learned WHY you should celebrate the unofficial holiday, here are some Irish activities that you should check off your list this weekend:
Wear green, the more, the merrier! Shamrocks are a bonus. Also, it saves you from getting pinched if you’re not wearing any!
Make some delicious Irish food that you can share with your friends and family! Some of my favorites include: corned beef and spinach pies. WARNING: this link will make you hungry.
Rock out to some excellent Irish music. Check out this Spotify playlist: Irish Imports.
Attend a local parade. Support your local community and all of the people who put time and effort into the parade. From the creative floats, Irish dancers, and candy that they pass out, it truly is a fun experience that is family friendly! Not sure what’s happening near you? Check out this helpful resource.
Brush up on Irish lingo:
Irish Slang: boozer
Suggested Usage: The party’s down at the boozerIrish Slang: local
Translation: the neighborhood bar
Suggested Usage: Let’s meet down at the local at IrishIrish Slang: craic (“crack”)
Translation: a great time
Suggested Usage: St. Paddy’s Day was mighty craic this year.Irish Slang: sláinte (“slawn-cha”)
Suggested Usage: Another pint! Sláinte!Irish Slang: wrecked
Suggested Usage: After last night, I’m wrecked.
Irish Slang: snog
Suggested Usage: One more pint and I’ll get up the nerve to snog her.
Create a Irish pub crawl! This can be a great way to get some friends together and explore the local pub scene, especially if there are a lot of Irish bars in your area. Make a list of the pubs you want to visit in advance, then make a rule that everyone needs to have a pint in each pub you visit. Make sure to order something Irish such as a Guinness or Harp (beer), Magners or Smithwick’s (if you like cider), or ask for one of these Irish whiskey drinks. As you toasts your friend’s, make sure to say “Sláinte!”
OR…consider having a home party! Make sure to watch an Irish movie, such as my favorite, The Leprechaun!
How do YOU celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Leave a comment below, I want to hear from you.
As Miley Cyrus says, “we can’t stop.” Event planners are addicted to planning. There is no end to our madness! I plan what I am going to eat, what my weekend adventures are, what I’m going to wear, my life and everything in it. I’m addicted. Like Charlie Sheen is to #winning, event planners are to #planning. We don’t know how to stop doing what we are good at. Here are some of my tips, tricks and advice for planning:
You have to take time to make time. Use your calendar and schedule out your day. Break down what you need to accomplish and block out chunks of time in your day to work on those items. Our team uses Asana for our project management for client work. Some of our team is also using it for their personal tasks too.
Be proactive instead of reactive. It’s a whole lot easier to accomplish goals and objectives by planning for them. Think ahead and try to consider all obstacles.
Don’t get stuck always preparing and never doing. Always continue the idea with an action. Be a doer! You’ll feel more confident by accomplishing tasks as you are planning for more.
Prioritize. Take time to review what needs to get done today VS what has to get done this week. Make a list and number from most important to least. Our CEO, Karen Hartline, loves to write out tasks on brightly colored post-it notes that she sticks all over her monitor and desk. As she completes a task, she crumples up the post-it and tosses it in the wastebasket. Physically tossing out the task after it’s been complete is rewarding for her. I love making lists and crossing them out as task are completed. If I don’t get to something that day, I highlight it in a bright color to remind myself to add it to tomorrow’s list.
Reward yourself for GTD’ing (getting thing done). Working hard deserves a high five. Go for that mani/pedi, buy that new pair of shoes, and order that $7.99 movie OnDemand. Treat yourself.
I’ve always got a plan for everything. And if for some reason I don’t, I have the instincts to think quick on my feet and come up with one. Most of my friends look to me to figure out plans when we hang out. Paying the bill at dinner, I’m usually the one taking charge, collecting money, and making sure that there’s enough gratuity included. It’s not only out of habit, but I generally like being able to plan it out. It’s a valuable trait that I take for granted. I’m proud to be a planner.
What do you like to plan? Do you have any planning tips to share? Feel free to tweet @reinventevents or @katetheshark using #planning and share your ideas.