Since I was a little girl the ocean has always been a source of comfort to me. The continuous movement in and out, occasionally spraying over a rock creating an extra beat in the melody – swish, swish, swish, swosh. The sheer power the water has, always taking my breath away when I’m back in its presence, is both frightening and calming. The salty air and the sun beating on my cheek – no matter the temperature outside – as the wind whips at my clothing, I feel home.
In the coming months ahead we have a few events taking place with the ocean as the backdrop. I couldn’t be happier. As our team finishes planning all the details, my mind keeps wondering to the waves. I feel it is important to think of all 5 senses when planning an event: sight, sound, touch, smell and of course taste! It is also important to stop and visualize every last detail. When you close your eyes what are you experiencing? How are you turning that vision into an incredible end product? Having the ocean as part of that picture makes for an incredible event. The bright blue water, sparkling like glitter under the sun and the sound of the crashing water onto the shore. The hot, gritty sand between your toes and the smell of the salt in the air. Those are the types of senses many try to recreate at an event.
But, working near the ocean often means the beach is your work floor. I’ll never forget my first event in the sand. The force of which my feet felt glued to those teeny-tiny specs of sand was unreal. Everything took nearly twice as long to move, build, do. You definitely have to pad your timelines and think outside the box on some things, but I promise you – it’s worth it!