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Our beloved Audrey turned 8 years old this weekend (on 9/12/20), which is usually cause for us for a people-filled celebration. In the shelter-at-home era, we adapted our usually larger-scale live event to a virtual Galaxy Slime Birthday Party, on Zoom, for 20 of her friends and cousins. More, the celebration included homemade donuts, large #8 balloons, and at least a few weeks' worth of Star Wars-themed Legos.

In Audrey’s honor, this week’s Hacks Newsletter revisits the Hacks from Chapter 9 of Leadership and Life Hacks: Insights from a Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur and Executive, entitled: “Celebrate Good Times (Come On!)”.

Hacks of the Week

Life Hack #72

Work hard, play hard—and work out afterward. ‘Nuff said. 

Life Hack #73
If you feel beautiful, you are beautiful. Since I don’t get my hair and makeup done often, I feel beautiful when I do. But I also feel beautiful when I’m doing something that makes me feel powerful and strong. True beauty can happen when you’re covered in sweat just as easily as when you’re covered in sequins. What’s important is that you feel beautiful—and then you are.

Life Hack #74
As long as you know the rules, they can be broken. This applies to all areas of life, not just throwing a good party. Learn the rules, know why they work, and then, once you’ve achieved a certain level of competence, trust your own instincts on how best to break them. 

Life Hack #75
No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, thoughtfully curate your seating arrangements. Then carve out a little time to visit with each guest. This hack has served me well time and again. If you take the time to think about where people are sitting—and to connect with them one-on-one—they will feel appreciated for attending an event and loved. Do what you can to be generous to your guests. A big part of the joy of celebration is being able to give to your family and friends.  

Life Hack #76
Build in enough flexibility that your guests can create their own experiences. Don’t micromanage your events. Plan and curate them well, and make sure there is always good food and drink available—that part’s non-negotiable. Also give your guests space to breathe. Build in opportunities for them to make their own meaningful experiences within the given context.

Life Hack #77
Sometimes people need an excuse to have fun. Your job is to give it. We all live busy, stressful lives. Sometimes all we need to kick back and let loose is permission. This is one of the best gifts you can give your guests: an invitation to have a great time. Whether you’re throwing a birthday bash, family reunion, holiday party, retirement celebration—any event, really—never hesitate to be the arbiter of fun or revitalize—company culture. Why not orchestrate some fun, easy moments to celebrate the milestones, big and small? 

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