Why Live Events are Important
Here at Curious Lola, we share our experiences building things and an event business with the hopes of helping you with yours.
I'm about to have our first ever Lola Summit at which our team sits down and talks about all things Lola. What are we doing, what we want to do, and how we want to go about doing it. Part of that is thinking about my biz, Lola Creative.
At Lola Creative, we create live events. Parties and gatherings. Both terms however are just utterly inaccurate in describing the fullness of the experience we are trying to bring to people. It sounds fun, frivolous even. Sounds like, well, party time.
We’re known for hand crafted events. Bold, sculptural features with well thought out coherent significance. We’re known for creating a more sustainable event, events that are imaginative, and, well sometimes takes a client with guts to allow us to make.
But what we are doing is greater than crafting a great party.
Businesses are created to solve people’s problems. Our problem we are trying to solve is not “Gee, I wish I had the coolest event, the most original, artful décor. We don’t do this so that we can fulfill our desire to make amazing things that inspire and delight (mmmmm, okay that’s part of it).
Utter connectedness. This is what we are aiming for. I’ll explain.
I live and work in Seattle, most of our events are Seattle based. I don’t know about you, but the drive here to achieve, do more, and be more is strong. The amount of overwhelm and distraction people face each day is immense. There is a myriad of decisions and stimuli to pull us away from what is most important. (psst, it’s each other in case you were wondering.)
The stuff that matter is:
kindness towards each other,
celebrations of togetherness,
gratitude for what we have, what we have made for ourselves and gratitude for what we are just given when we are born.
commemoration and thanks for the achievement we’ve made by working hard together toward a common goal.
generosity of time, to stop grinding, stop trying to do more, and take time to be with important people and realign with what matters.
our connection with each other and the physical places we are in, and
excitement for the places we can go and the things we can achieve when we have locked arms with the people we choose to trust, respect, and accept.
We’ve all had an experience, a physical experience when we were in a place with others, sometimes total strangers, sometimes coworkers or family that might as well be strangers. Something about what we experienced transformed us and the people around us. I’ve felt this at music concerts, at dance performances, at my own wedding, at other people’s weddings, during speeches and during stories. I’ve felt it observing acts of kindness. In these moments when I am moved, I know that I can turn to the stranger next to me, and smile because they are feeling the same thing. Hell, I could hug them and they would accept it.
And in that moment, we are utterly connected. It is as if we’ve all dropped to an invisible plane where a force of love, passion, intention, and raw creativity is flowing through the core of each of us. A place where we can glimpse the potential of our collective efforts and focus. A place of total acceptance and well, love.
I love business, and I love people and I am constantly amazed by the leaps we can make together. Corporation and business can be a dirty word these days, but I still see it as groups of good people, choosing to work together to do work that is meaningful.
That powerful combo of mutual trust, respect, and acceptance can only can grow when we are together, physically together.
Connection happens through shared experience. Meaningful lives are a collection of memorable, physical experiences with each other and our surroundings. Meaningful businesses have built a team of connected people that give meaningful experiences to others.
Impactful businesses not only find away to connect with their audiences but also nurture that connection within.
This is what our privilege and obsession is, to figure out how to achieve that transcendent level of connection among our clients community- whether that is a personal family, or a business family.
That’s our highest goal in producing an event. What is a gathering but an expression of gratitude and a celebration of abundance and togetherness.
By stripping away the day to day, we can demand attention, eliminate distraction, and create opportunities for humans to do what they do best: connect, imagine, and grow together.
Oh-- and after we mapped out our goals for 2018, our lovely friend Carla, owner of Honeycrumb Cake Studio, paid us a visit and we got to make our own baby cakes! See pictures below!
Here’s to the New Year, and all sorts of connecting.