About twice a year, our WordPress agency, Highrise Digital have a retreat away which is a chance to meet with other team members and spend some time together. This time we went to the Italian Dolomites.
Being a remote WordPress company means we don’t often meet in the physical world with our colleagues and therefore these retreats are really important. A time to spend getting to know each other better and of course for working on things together.
We woke in 2019 to a glorious day weather wise. Clear blue skies, sunny and cold and crisp. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to get out into the fresh air and go for a walk to bring in the new year.
We headed to Southport for a walk around Hesketh Park and then onto the Marina Lake to feed to ducks and play on the play park.
2018 has been another good year, both on a professional work front and a personal front. Here I am going to look back at some of the achievements and failures, starting with goals I set at the end of last year.
The weekend started with a train journey up to the Scottish capital. I managed to get some first-class tickets for a reasonable price. I must admit there is something about first-class that is a bit better. I light lunch, larger seats, free WiFi and a beer make all the difference, for the right price of course.
Arriving just before tea time I chilled out in my room for while watching some TV and catching up on some emails. My room, at a city centre Travelodge, was clean and tidy but extremely small with the only window point directly at a brick wall of the building opposite. Still, it served its purpose as I was not going to be spending much time there at all.
Today was a first for me, a marketing workshop with the team at Really Helpful Marketing in order to try and help us (Highrise Digital) to improve our positioning and the marketing of our products and services.
I have always been slightly sceptical about this sort of thing, but I must say that I have been converted and really enjoyed the day.