Live Inspired


Once a year, the Compendium office transforms itself. We become Funpendium—a little crazier, a little zanier version of ourselves. What’s the reason? Spirit Week. It’s a few days we set aside to get to know each other better, connect, and, well, act silly.

As a relatively new member of the Compendium family, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. The week before, I was handed a Spirit Week Field Guide … We needed a manual for this thing? Why yes, yes we did. There were three fun-packed days to prepare for.

Day 1
Our first day consisted of wearing retro, vintage athletic gear, which was not only fun to dress in but also appropriate attire for that day’s activity: an über scavenger hunt. Full of smiles, we divided into four teams, were handed a set of clues, and told to go for it! We set off running (sometimes literally!) around the local neighborhoods solving riddles and documenting it all with photographs. Some teams preferred to skip:

Among other activities, we gathered and gave away smiles and gifts to strangers, the local food bank, and public servants. My personal favorite was writing an inspiring quote in chalk on the Burke-Gilman, a nearby trail that’s popular with bikers, walkers, and runners.

Day 2
Our second day was focused on celebrating our motto of living inspired. Wearing our favorite color—orange, of course—we were treated to a delicious lunch and a private tour on Ride the Ducks.

We also played get-to-know-you games, where we learned that a surprising number of folks in the office don’t like the sound of tearing paper—who knew? We also have quite a few hikers and ocean lovers among us—not surprising in our beautiful Pacific Northwest location!

Day 3
For our final day, Field Day, we had the opportunity to connect with our not-in-the-office colleagues: our hard-working, local warehouse coworkers—without whom none of our lovely products would get out the door!

Once again, we divided into four colorfully named teams: Envy Us, a green, 80s glam rock band; Uncorked, a red-wine inspired group; Bluevana, a 90s grunge team; and Relish and the Super Dogs, named after the electric yellow-green color of their shirts and fit with custom capes with hot dogs adorning the back.

We set off to GasWorks Park for an afternoon filled with activities, including a hot-dog speed-eating relay (of which I was a proud member), a water balloon toss, a three-legged race, and many others.

At the end of each day, my face hurt from smiling. At the end of the week, I was filled with happiness, knowing that I was part of an organization where hugs and laughter are not only appreciated, but expected. Needless to say, my newbie fears were quickly abated, and I’ll be more than ready for next year’s Spirit Week!



1 response so far ↓

  • 1 June Maddox 10.09.2012 | 11:22 AM

    This looks this idea.

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