2018 Recap

This is my 1 year anniversary of relaunching my website to include a blog and much more content than my standard portfolio sites in the past. In addition to relaunching my website, 2018 has been a prolific year for me as I taught more than 100 yoga classes, launched 10 new websites, left the US for the first time in a decade, and won Emerging Business Leader award by Houston Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE).

Looking back at the year is one of my favorite ways to bring in the new year. The memories in the past remind me of good times and what I want to continue to bring into my life. Here are some of my favorite highlights of 2018.


Winter 2018

January

Started off cold with a trip to the family to Cleveland Ohio. We chased frozen waterfalls, visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and lived to tell the stories.

View more from Cleveland

 

…For those that say it never snows in Houston…

Mini Murals wins a grant by Houston First to start Mini Murals Tours.

It’s been a great year being able to work with UP Art Studio to help the Mini Murals project grow to over 200 boxes in Houston, expand to Austin, and launch Mini Murals Tours where people can ride around Houston to view and learn more about the Mini Murals and the artists behind the boxes.

View More from the Awards Show and also here.

 

Some of my Favorite Art from 2018


Summer 2018

2018 Professional Accomplishments

2018 has been a year of great success and I’m looking forward to 2019!

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Winner of "Emerging Business Leader" award by HYPE and GHP
Photo courtesy of HYPE

Photo courtesy of HYPE

Houston Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE) is Houston’s largest organization helping connect and empower leaders throughout the Houston Region.

Thursday was the 2nd annual HYPE Impact awards, showcasing entrepreneurs contributing to the community in creative ways through service and professional endeavors.

There were many incredibly nominated people at the award show last night including Lawson Gow (The Cannon), Naomi Bhappu Irani (Accenture), Pierce Bush (Big Brothers Big Sisters), Micah Guynes (i45 Signs), Ashley Small (Medley, Inc.), Andria Balogh (STEM-E), Brittany Barreto (Pheramor), and Victoria Chen (Bridge-Year).

The award for “Emerging Business Leader” for 2018 went to Gibson Hall for his Professional Work, Creative Entrepreneurial Endeavors, and Giving Back to the Community.

Thank you HYPE and GHP for the support for our community!

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Gibson Hall listed as Finalist for GHP HYPE Impact Awards
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From GHPHype.org:

About HYPE Impact Awards Series

The annual HYPE Impact Awards recognizes Houston young professionals and entrepreneurs for their contributions to our community.

Event Details

The Greater Houston Partnership, through its Houston Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE) program, is pleased to announce that the HYPE Impact Awards will be on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Join us to recognize and reward young professionals and entrepreneurs for their contributions to our community. The HYPE Impact Awards are presented to outstanding young leaders who strive for excellence and have achieved innovative, business-savvy and ground-breaking ideas.

Houston businessman, talent manager and record label owner Mathew Knowles will provide the keynote address for this year's event. 

Finalists

Emerging Leader Finalists
Naomi Bhappu Irani, Accenture
Lawson Gow, The Cannon
Gibson Hall, Home Depot

Business Leader Finalists
Pierce Bush, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Micah Guynes, i45 Signs, Inc.
Ashley Small, Medley, Inc.

Startup Superstar Finalists
Andria Balough, STEM-E Youth Career Development Program
Brittany Barreto, Pheramor Inc. 
Victoria Chen, Bridge-Year

Courtesy of http://ghphype.org/events/2018-hype-impact-awards

Courtesy of http://ghphype.org/events/2018-hype-impact-awards

Depressed Cake Shop by The Montrose Center
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This was my first time to the Depressed Cake Shop. Loving people donated cakes and treats that are somber grays, blues and black to “signify the gray cloud that can descend over a beautiful world when someone is struggling with mental help issues.” The event was by Name Walks Greater Houston and Montrose Center. 

How beautiful are these cakes below?

Traveling to NW Arkansas

I spent the past weekend taking my first trip to Northwest Arkansas. Some of my highlights included Crystal Bridges, Art from 21C, my first Razorback experience, and very kind people. 

Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville Arkansas

Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville Arkansas

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Things to Do in Houston in August 2018

August 12

8/14 Cocktails with Creatives at Boheme https://www.facebook.com/events/268652020386855/

8/16 Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park http://www.marketsquarepark.com/

8/16 Welcoming the DNC Convention Downtown (avoid downtown) https://www.facebook.com/events/1861485070563782/

8/18 Houston Food Fest at City Hall Downtown https://www.facebook.com/events/127364017971223/

8/18 Flea Market at Discovery Green https://www.facebook.com/events/157179055140364/?event_time_id=157179058473697

8/18 Street Art Show at Hardy & Nance Studios  https://www.facebook.com/events/2026552930943401/?active_tab=about

 

August 19

8/22 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band at Hobby Center

https://365thingsinhouston.com/calendar/lyle-lovett-and-his-large-band-in-concert-at-hobby-center/

8/22 Beauty and the Beast (movie) at Miller Outdoor Theater 8-11pm https://www.facebook.com/events/198379117492521/

8/23 Bands with Beto at Warehouse Live https://www.facebook.com/events/244355589626289/

8/24 Sawyer Yards Summer Series 6-10pm https://www.facebook.com/events/465604293895289/

8/25 Galveston Sandcastle Competition https://www.visithoustontexas.com/event/32nd-annual-aia-sandcastle-competition/55923/

8/25 Yoga and Hops at 8th Wonder https://www.facebook.com/events/930632717139354/

8/25 Arm Balance Workshop at Black Swan Yoga https://www.facebook.com/events/637365426650591/

 

August 26

8/26 Theater District Open House 12-5pm  http://www.theaterdistrictopenhouse.com/

8/27-29 Athletics vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park

8/30 Texans vs Cowboys @ NRG Stadium

8/30-9/2 Angels vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park

 

Sept 2

9/3-5 Twins vs. Astros at Minute Maid Park

9/6 Alina Baraz @ Warehouse Live

Gibson Hall joins The Home Depot as Senior Manager of UX

This is my obligatory post talking about how excited I am to join The Home Depot, especially their UX Department. I’m joining as Senior Manager of UX, leading a team of UX Designers and Researchers to improve the shopping experience for Home Depot customers.

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Some recent highlights by Home Depot’s UX:

L2 cites homedepot.com as the 3rd best experience out of all retailers
https://www.l2inc.com/research/big-box-u-s

Baymard ranks homedepot.com as the 2nd best experience
https://baymard.com/ux-benchmark/case-studies/home-depot

I’m looking forward from leading from the best and inspiring the UX team to continue pushing the limits of what’s possible to give our users the best experience possible.

#MFAHAfterHours #BigBambuMFAH

I walked through the #bigbambumfah last night thanks for Museum of Fine Arts Houston and their Social Media Ambassadorship program. The event is up for a few months and the museum is free on Thursdays. 

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4th of July in Houston
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July Events in Houston

Week 1: July 1-7

Sunday, July 1
Free Yoga @ Raven Tower with Black Swan

Sunday, July 1
Slightly Stoopid + Pepper @ WOMH

Tuesday, July 3
Houston Dynamo vs LA Galaxy @ BBVA Stadium

Wednesday, July 4
Beats Antique @ Eleanor Tinsley

Friday, July 6
Say Girl Say @ Continental Club

Saturday, July 7
Wild Moccasins @ WOMH

Saturday, July 7
Houston Dynamo vs Minnesota United FC @ BBVA Stadium

 

Week 2: July 8-14

Wednesday, July 11
Chocolate Meditation Watercolor @ WASH

Thursday-Friday, July 12-13
The Suffers @ Heights Theater

Saturday, July 14
H-Town on Tap Beer Fest

 

Week 3: July 15-21

Tuesday, July 18
Grown Up Storytime @ Rudyardz 8pm

Friday, July 20
MFAH Mixed Media Nights 

Friday, July 20
Summer Concerts @ Four Seasons

Saturday, July 21
Quest for the Press Workshop @ Black Swan

Saturday, July 21
Energy Work & Crystal Therapy @ Define

Saturday, July 21
Roller Derby @ Revention Music Center

 

Where I look for Events in Houston

There are so many great websites curating things to do in Houston, but there's a catch-22 situation where Houston doesn't have 1 central hub for all things Houston, based on your style. I believe this is true because each market has its own unique culture, shaping the events that look fun for you. 

I like exploring Houston and being broad in my experiences. A lot of what interests me relates to art, yoga, eating, markets, special events, and new experiences (at least once). 

To find out about cool events in Houston, I like to visit the following sites and then create a monthly events list. 

 

Website Event Curators

There are a few great websites in Houston trying to curate lists of things to do around Houston. However, since Houston is so diverse with so many offerings, it's hard for any site to be the catch-all for all of Houston's events. My blog is just another curation, pulling events from the following sites: 

FreshArts.com — great for local art shows

ArtsHound.com — another great resource for local art shows

365ThingsToDoInHouston.com — some highlights of the week, usually has free events

PollStar.com — great for concerts

CultureMap — little bit higher end events

Houston Press — has maybe too many listings on their site. 

Zyoga.Info — Free Yoga Related Events

FitnessInTheLoop — Free Fitness Related Events

Facebook — about 50% of the events I find out about are through Facebook! Check out what your friends are going to and see if you could go together!

 

Venues

Now all venues post on the websites mentioned above, and sometimes not all of the shows get moved over. For that reason, I like to check out my favorite venues to see about upcoming concerts, art shows, performances, and special events. 

Discovery Green

House of Blues

White Oak Music Hall

Rudyardz

Mucky Duck

The MATCH

Stages Theatre

 

Where else should I look? 

Is there another website that helps share cool events in Houston that I haven't mentioned above? Know somebody who is awesome at curating events but doesn't know how to make a website? I'd love to help!! Let me know in the comments!

 

Belize & Caye Caulker June 2018
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June 2018

I spent 7 days in the jungles and islands of Belize, visiting Sleeping Giant & Caye Caulker. Photos were taken throughout the journey.

Let me know if you need any Belize recommendations!

#TravelBelize

 
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Instagram Features

I often get asked how I accumulated so many Instagram followers, which has been a lot thanks to these powerful accounts sharing my photography. Also, if you want some followers, try to get better at photography and post quality content! It can’t hurt your chances. 

Houston, What to Do in The Loop in June 2018
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June 2018

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Presents The Graduate at MATCH, through June 9, More Info

Carlos Cruz-Diez @ The Cistern, More Info


Week 1: June 1-9

Friday, June 1
The Strangerer @ MATCH, [performance art] More Info

Saturday, June 2
Vegandale Fest, 11am-7pm @ Sam Houston Park Downtown, [festival, music, food, vendors, all Vegan] More Info

Minus the Bear @ White Oak Music Hall, More Info

Black Joe Lewis @ Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark, Free! [party, live music, food, skating] More Info

The Accidentals @ Mucky Duck, More Info

Sunday, June 3, 10am
Free Yoga @ Raven Tower [yoga] with Black Swan Yoga

Sunday, June 3, 2:30pm
The Strangerer @ MATCH, [performance art] More Info

Tuesday, June 5
Chad Valley @ White Oak Music Hall, [live music] More Info

Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm
Live Music @ Discovery Green, More Info

Friday, June 8
Ghost House Shivers CD Release @ Mucky Duck, More Info

June 8-10
Play @ Jones Hall, [live ballet] More Info

June 8, 7:30pm
Penn & Teller @ Jones Hall, [magic & performing arts] More Info

Saturday June 9-10, All Day
St. Arnold’s 24th Anniversary Party, [live music, games, fun] More Info

Sunday, June 10, 5-9pm
Canned Acoustica (live music) @ Discovery Green, More info


Week 3: June 10-16

Thursday, June 14
The Glitch Mob @ White Oak Music Hall, [live music] More Info

Hayes Carll @ Mucky Duck, [live music] More Info

Thursday, June 14, 7-9pm
Live Music @ Discovery Green, More Info

Friday, June 15
The Get Up Kids @ White Oak Music Hall, [live music] More Info

June 15, 7:30pm
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert @ Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony, More Info

June 15-16, 7pm & 9pm
Ben Jackson, Live Magic! @ La Colombe D’or, [magic & comedy] More Info


Week 4: June 17-23

Tuesday, June 19
Grown Up Story Time @ Rudyardz, [performing arts]  More Info

Thursday, June 21, 5:30-7:30pm
108 Sun Salutations for Summer Solstice @ Black Swan, [yoga]  More Info

Thursday, June 21
Buxton @ Mucky Duck, [live music]  More Info

Thursday, June 21, 7-9pm
Live Music @ Discovery Green, More Info

Saturday, June 3-July 1
Swan Lake @ Jones Hall, [ballet] More Info

 

Week 5: June 24-30

Thursday, June 28, 7-9pm
Live Music @ Discovery Green, More Info

Friday, June 29
Shakey Graves @ White Oak Music Hall, [live music]  More Info

The Tamarie Cooper Show - Field Trip! Opening Night, [live theater]  More Info