The fact that it’s been awhile since I last posted something on this blog might look like confirmation of my earlier suspicions that I’m too busy to keep up with a personal blog anymore. But I’m not throwing in the towel just yet.
I’ve been busy since my last update, but I won’t try to fill in all the blanks. Instead, I’ll just say that I got back yesterday from a 5-day trip with my coworkers to Leavenworth, Washington, where we had our year-end meeting. It was a fantastic week – the setting was gorgeous and I think we all feel like it was one of the most successful year-end meetings we’ve ever had. We came up with some exciting new ideas, and spending the week with my colleagues only reinforced my opinion that the company is more like a family than a company.
Highlights of the week included:
- Seeing a jagged snow-covered mountain watching over us every day
- Reading the lodge’s guestbook, dating back to 1933 (a year after the lodge was built)
- Revisiting the nearby pond each day to see the reflection of the mountain in the still water
- Hearing about one person’s sighting of an owl in a tree near (what else?) the library
- Finding a signed picture of Franklin D. Roosevelt in a back bedroom of the lodge
- Photographing frost crystals on leaves and bare tree branches
- Laughing ourselves silly every single night
When you’re getting lots of planning done, provided you’re doing it right, it’s exhausting work. Based on how mentally drained I felt yesterday afternoon, I’d say we did it right. It’s not just tiring, though – it’s exhilarating to think about what the company might look like at next year’s year-end meeting.
We’re all excited about what 2010 could be – and as if to prove that we fired up our computers for a few hours back at the office yesterday afternoon, no matter how tired we were, to start checking things off the to-do list we created this week. So, as challenging as 2009 was for us in some respects, I’m happy to note that we’re not looking back – we’re looking forward, forging ahead with new ideas, and ready to take on 2010.