I recognize you from Twitter.
At some point, hearing that in a grocery store – or at a restaurant over and over – you realize, it’s time to start living in the real world more.
We’re all busy — we work hard, and for some of us – our social lives have moved online. Our friends travel a lot… are getting married (some for the second time by now)… they’re trying desperately to keep up with their children’s busy social lives… and so, communication has moved from meeting at a bar — to chatting online or texting.
I’ve moved so much for work – that most of my really good friends don’t live anywhere close to me anymore.
This lack of in-person communication struck me in the past year — so when the opportunity for me to start connecting my friends IN PERSON arose – I grabbed it.
I come from a long line of party-throwers.
My grandparents, Rita and Chet, threw parties in their Barrington basement. My mom and dad loved having people over for drinks and cards. That got a lot harder when they started moving the family across the country to follow my dad’s jobs — but, we just started throwing our own small parties for our immediate family. My mom LOVES a theme party and she takes event planning to another level. From the Oscars party with a real red carpet, to Sunday morning Bloody Mary brunches – to our theme birthday parties… she’s a force. I missed the Kate and Will wedding party because I was doing the news at NBC Chicago that morning… but I heard it was pretty incredible.
For me, it’s not the drinks, food, etc — it’s about introducing friends. I love connecting people. I find so much pleasure in helping people find the expert they need. Lots of folks call themselves uber connectors, etc… but I do this to help people. I’m not looking for anything in return.
I want my friends to be successful and happy. It could mean meeting the next person they’ll hire, or their next boss… even a future date. I’m smart enough to know it’s good to help my tribe become happier and happier — and more successful. More importantly, I surround myself with people who also want to help others.
For the Academy Awards 2015, I wanted to acknowledge all the best picture nominees with signature drinks. Yes, lots of people do this:
… but mine have a little more thought behind them. Here’s what I created for my guests:
See you at the next one!