h a p p e n s t a n c e //
Our lives are made up of moments - moments of impact. Every so often, these moments create an intersection between strangers whose stories crave to be told. You can't plan these kinds of things, they're happenstance.
This is a compilation of those moments.
Happenstance is a platform for storytelling that chronicles and introduces you to the innovators, creatives, and entrepreneurs among us.
Most likely you haven't heard of them - but you should.
This is a source of inspiration, collaboration, and exposure that finds the red thread among the pioneers that are shaping the culture of our cities. It is our way of bringing you glimpses of these people who are weaving the fabric of society - brimming with creative spirit and social good. How? Through long format interviews that let you into their stories, their 'why', their passions, their affinities...what makes them tick. We want you to know their work, but more importantly, we want you to know them.
These are the dreamers, over-achievers, and perpetual optimists. We've happened upon them in coffeeshops, street corner conversations, and simple everyday interactions. h a p p e n s t a n c e is in the business of restoring human connection and we are glad to welcome you into a different kind of snapshot of our society - we want you to get to know these strangers, use their stories as kindling for your own passions, and help craft a permanant narrative of the incredible progress that is made in the world every day.
Welcome to h a p p e n s t a n c e , we all started as strangers.
SAVANNAH ROACH //
I am an accidental nomad and a shameless optimist. With the decade-old career aspirations of 'Primate Expert' and 'French Pastry Chef' far past, I have settled my focus into the field of social impact and entrepreneurship. Beyond that, I am endlessly curious about human connections and that feeling of inspiration, motivation, and "oh my gosh, I want to go start something amazing right now" you get when you hear someone chat about what they're passionate about.
On the daily, I...do a handstand! At least attempt to, it's a new skill I'm trying to pick up. And I'm drinking coffee, always. If it's the weekend, I'm either hiking, at the farmer's market, or eating at my favorite taquería, Por Qué No.
Mantra..."If you can dream the craziest thing, the second craziest thing is, at minimum, guaranteed to come true". It's something that always used to come up when my roommate and I were lying in bed, chatting in the dark and making ridiculous plans that we've found have become more true than we could have ever thought possible. It's all about mentality and will.
MIYA WENSLEY //
Los Angeles, California
My love for stories once labeled me as “The Girl who Tells Stories”. While I didn’t find that the most flattering title, it didn’t stop me from recounting all the anecdotes I had heard or experienced myself. Now, as a student in Los Angeles, CA, I am surrounded by unique and creative minds who are actively shaping society and culture. Often times, no one has heard of them, but their actions are motivated by a desire to improve the world. That’s why it’s so important that we share their stories.
On the daily, I...make a meal from scratch. There is something very relaxing about taking the time to organize and prepare all the necessary ingredients, and the final product's not to bad either.
Mantra... “Don’t wait for permission, because it’s for you.” At the 2015 LA Times Festival of Books, Jason Segel said something to this effect and he was completely right. No matter what we do, be it playing, working, or volunteering, everything we do is towards the goal of developing ourselves. Living our best and most genuine life gives others permission to do the same, and only when we can be ourselves can we really help others to the best of our ability.