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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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. 


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

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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

Things to Do in Houston in August 2018

August 12

8/14 Cocktails with Creatives at Boheme

8/16 Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park

8/16 Welcoming the DNC Convention Downtown (avoid downtown)

8/18 Houston Food Fest at City Hall Downtown

8/18 Flea Market at Discovery Green

8/18 Street Art Show at Hardy & Nance Studios


August 19

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

8/22 Beauty and the Beast (movie) at Miller Outdoor Theater 8-11pm

8/23 Bands with Beto at Warehouse Live

8/24 Sawyer Yards Summer Series 6-10pm

8/25 Galveston Sandcastle Competition

8/25 Yoga and Hops at 8th Wonder

8/25 Arm Balance Workshop at Black Swan Yoga


August 26

8/26 Theater District Open House 12-5pm

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.


Some recent highlights by Home Depot’s UX:

L2 cites as the 3rd best experience out of all retailers

Baymard ranks as the 2nd best experience

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: — great for local art shows — another great resource for local art shows — some highlights of the week, usually has free events — 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!



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


Mucky Duck


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!


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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

Decode Digital wins 10 Crystal Awards at AMA

This post is a shout out to the creative team at Decode Digital, for producing work that has resulted in 10 Crystal Awards, recognized by American Marketing Association (AMA). The Crystals are the ONLY marketing awards show in Houston that gives awards based on DATA, which is huge at Decode. This work wasn't only pretty, it was effective at reaching our clients goals. 

Under this past year of my Creative Direction, Decode was able to win 10 Crystal Awards for: 

  • Email Communications: Single - Decode's Holiday Card
  • SEM - CHI St. Luke's Health Emergency Services
  • Shoestring Marketing ($7,500 or less) - CHI St. Luke's Health Veteran's Choice Campaign
  • Event Promotion: 2 or More Events - January Career Events at CHI St. Luke's Health
  • Advertising: Online Video - Magical Winter Lights Online Video
  • Advertising: Paid Display - Jerry Built Rich Media Display
  • Advertising: Paid Social Media - Magical Winter Lights - Paid Social Media Campaign
  • Advertising: TV Campaign (Two or more) - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group - We Know Better Campaign
  • Elements of Advertising: Copywriting - Jerry Built Copywriting
  • Website: TEAM Industrial Services, Griffin Creative, InkSpot Communications & Decode Digital TEAM Industrial Services - Website

It's been a joy getting to work with such a young and creative bunch at Decode. I love seeing what happens when you bring brilliant minds together for collaboration. Cheers to the awards, Decode!

Houston Weekend Guide: May 11-13


Why this Guide? 

Through Instagram, I often get messages asking how I find out about cool events after the event has happened. The city has many great resources, but somehow, time after time, cool events go unheard or overlooked. There's way too much going on in this city to go to the same bar, restaurant, or stay inside and watch TV (even if it's sports). Make the most of your time living in the 4th biggest city in the United States.

View the full list.

Some of this weekends highlights include: 

Saturday Afternoon Texas Festival Downtown @ City Hall: the event includes over 15 live bands, lots of food including: Burgers, BBQ, Tex Mex, Tx Crawfish (not even sure..), over 10 local breweries and Texas liquors (vodka). The event has a mechanical bull, arcade games, corn hole, & is fun for the whole family. Tickets are only $10! Did you even hear about this thing??

BuffBrew is having their annual Spring Carnival. It tends to be (very) weird, but LOTS of fun. There's BBQ, live music, "naught balloon twisters", and "carny goodness". It's Saturday night. You'll want to Uber there.

Yoga and Fitness: If you love yoga, or just want to get started, there are plenty of opportunities this weekend. BEYOGA is opening in the Heights Saturday, @FitnessInTheLoop has free & donation based classes Saturday & Sunday. And you can check me, Gibson, out at Black Swan this weekend because I'm subbing a few classes (Saturday: 1:30pm @BSY White Oak, 4:30pm @BSY Kirby, & Sunday 7pm @BSY White Oak). If you haven't been to Black Swan Yoga and want to take my class, the first one will be on me. Just show up with a water bottle. 

Mother's Day! I couldn't forget about this special day (Hey mom, if you're reading this I love you!). Give your mom a call, and better yet, share this new music video by The Suffers with her! (Upworthy article).

View the full weekend calendar list.


Friday, May 11

Don Quixote
by Houston Ballet @ Miller Outdoor Theater. More info

at The Hobby Center. More info.

Final Weekend to see Small Ball
at The MATCH. More info.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
@ Alley Theater. More info


Saturday, May 12

Urban Harvest Farmers Market
on Eastside at Richmond. 

All Day
#CisternInColor is open at Buffalo Bayou!

Donation Yoga
with Nicole Peralta / Fitness In The Loop @ Belle Station

Be Yoga
Grand Opening! More Info.

The Market at Sawyer Yards
/ Second Saturdays. More info.

"Texas Fest"
 with many bands and beer @ City Hall. More info.

at The Hobby Center. More info.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
@ Alley Theater. More info

Buffalo Bayou Spring Carnival
with "carnival games, a naughty balloon twister, and a dunk tank". More Info

An Evening with Ira Glass from This American Life @ Jones Hall. More Info

Final Weekend to see Small Ball
at The MATCH. More info.

at The Hobby Center. More info.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
@ Alley Theater. More info

Don Quixote
by Houston Ballet @ Miller Outdoor Theater. More info


Sunday, May 13

Donation Based Yoga
with Val @ HTX Sports Creek

Free Yoga
at Spring Street Beer & Wine Garden by Fitness In the Loop

at The Hobby Center. More info.

Final Time to see Small Ball
at The MATCH. More info.

Canned Acoustica
with Clay Melton Band, Andrew James, Blaze X Black, Second Lovers and Miers. More info

Dr. Dog
and Son Little at White Oak Music Hall

at The Hobby Center. More info.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
@ Alley Theater. More info

Don Quixote
by Houston Ballet @ Miller Outdoor Theater. More info




Looking forward to these events next week

Rockets VS Warriors @ home - Monday and Wednesday

Tuesday, May 15
SGWomen Celebrating Texas Female Entrepreneurs
. More Info

Tuesday, May 15
Grown Up Storytime
. More info.

Thursday May 17 — Sunday June 3
The Strangerer : A story of George W. Bush, Jim Jehrer, and John Kerry. More info

Thursday, May 17 - June 9
"Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture" @ Obsidian Theater. Half off tickets

Friday, May 18
Dave Matthews Band
at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Friday, May 18
Houston Astros
vs. Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park

Friday, May 18
Neon Party Dance Party
@ Art League Houston. More Info.

Friday, May 18
Bike to Work Day. More Info

May 19
Color HTX
More Info

Saturday - Sunday, May 19 - May 20
Plus Fest : Houston Festival that merges Poetry, The Arts, and Music together. 1-10pm.  More Info.

May 19-20
The Great Texas BBQ Festival
in Downtown with Robert Earl Keen, Dawes, and more. More info

May 20
Love Street Music Fest
— Karbach Brewing Company with Bleachers, Cold War Kids, Everclear, The Tontons and more. More Info.