Brooke, one of our Content Developers, recently skipped out on an afternoon of work to hit up the sun-shining slopes at her local resort.
Sitting in an office all day with fluorescent lights above you and the hum of computers in your ears can be pretty draining. So, it’s important to take time to get outside and unplug. I recently decided this last big snowstorm we had was the perfect opportunity to do just that.
As I sat there watching the snow fall outside my door and listening to the sound of my fireplace crackling, I thought to myself, yes, this is exactly what I need right now – thank you, snow gods! The forecast couldn’t have looked more perfect so I called up the boss and said I’d be out of the office and out enjoying the snow tomorrow. Luckily I work in the ski industry and taking a powder day is actually a thing for us so I was good to go.
I don’t know if it was the fact that I was going snowboarding the next morning or the fact that I wasn’t going into work the next day, but I slept like a baby that night and woke up refreshed and ready for an adventure. The sun was just starting to come up and for the first time in a while, I actually paused to enjoy it. Lavender and pink hues painted the early sky and everything around me was silent and still. I don’t know about you but I love how quiet winter is, how peaceful everything is when it’s blanketed with snow.
The sun was full on shining by the time I got to the local resort and there was not a cloud in the sky. I thought to myself, today is going to be a good day. Since it was a Friday, kids were in school and most adults were at work so I had the place to myself. First chair, no lines and fresh tracks…sweet!
I really took this time out of the office to revel in the beauty of the outdoors. I know that sounds cheesy but being outside is really good for the soul. I listened to the plops of snow fall off the trees, the sound of my board carving through the trees and the feeling of the wind and the sun on my face. I chatted with the lift guys as they readied my chair and we shared laughs about how I had the place to myself.
I took some time to just sit amongst the trees and stare up into the blue sky above me. I remember taking a deep breath and thinking to myself how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place and to work for a company that gives me the opportunity to unplug and enjoy it. By the end of the day I was exhausted in the best way and melted into my couch as soon as I got home. As I laid there I thought to myself, ‘today was a good day, everyone should skip work to shred on a powder day.’