In previous years, VTLO has marked the end of summer by asking team members to share how time away from the office has shaped their outlook on life. See what lessons VTLO folks brought back from their summer getaways this year.
While on a trip to Hawaii, Patty Tomsky and her family realized the importance of doing careful research. They were on their way to a famous “green sand beach” and instead of getting a ride, they decided to walk – hours later, with no water, sand in their mouths and shoes, and nightfall approaching, they turned back and never saw the one-of-a-kind beach. Luckily, they found a private beach for snorkeling later on, and met a cute Chihuahua named Missy on the way!
Linda Eterno stepped out of her comfort zone when she stepped on to a doors-off helicopter for a thrilling, 45-minute aerial tour of Oahu. “Once I was certain that my kids weren’t going to fall out, I sat back and enjoyed the birds-eye view of Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, the jungles where Jurassic Park was filmed, and Pearl Harbor. It was the highlight of our vacation and something I never thought I’d do!”
Richelle Feigin discovered that you’re never old to learn something new during a special mother-son vacation to San Diego – she rode a tandem bike, a Segway, and a two-person pontoon for the first time. Richelle and her son toured San Diego to see the marina, Petco Park, and historic gaslight district. Other days they hit the beach and boardwalk where her son, Evan, learned to skateboard.
Allen Putman recognized that the right amount of planning and determination helps in achieving a goal. Allen and his husband raised $10,000 for charity through AIDS LifeCycle, a 7-day, 545-mile charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. “Combined with the other riders, we raised more than $16 million. If everyone does a little bit, our mere $10,000 can add up to a whole lot and that really makes a difference!”
Barbara Willis fueled her spirit with musical memories. She attended big venue concerts headlined by Keith Urban, Bruce Springsteen, and the Goo Goo Dolls, as well as more intimate shows in small clubs. Her favorite was seeing Will Hoge, one of Nashville’s “under the radar” singers and songwriters, in Asbury Park. He received a Grammy nomination for “Country Song of the Year” for a song that was recorded by Eli Young Band and reached #1 on the country charts.
What experience shaped you this summer? Tell us in the comments.