From Andrew: So, you know what’s hard to keep up on? A blog. Interestingly enough, this is exactly why businesses and non-profits hire us to help them with, among other things, content development. And since we’re pretty decent at it and spend most of our days cranking out creative content for others, we can’t seem to keep up with our own. So, here’s a brand spanking new resolution: we are going to share a new blog post every week. So buckle your seat belts, folks.
Now, in this vein, onto the really exciting news: we are officially celebrating the one year anniversary of the kickoff of our cross-country trip that so many of you joined us on via this site as well as in-person. The past 365 days, we’ve traveled over 35,000 miles to the vast and varied corners of the U.S. and Canada. We chowed down on Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, marveled at El Capitan in Yosemite, and taught iPhone classes to tech-savvy senior citizens in Florida, all while meeting and networking with new clients along the way. It’s been an incredibly fulfilling, challenging, and oh-so-rewarding year, and we’re grateful everyday for the opportunity we had, and the opportunities we continue to have along our journey around this big blue marble.
One of the core tenants of Foxwell Digital has been and continues to be ensuring we provide truly meaningful, helpful assistance to organizations with a clear need. In truth, this main tenant is how we routinely pitch our services, both here in Madison and throughout our travels, by asking individuals and business owners if/how we can be helpful. Turns out, many have said a very loud YES and we’ve been happy to partner with them on projects big and small.
Back to this anniversary. Within the DNA of Foxwell Digital is the idea that we travel, explore, and continue to push our comfort zones. However, setting up shop in Madison this summer reminded us of the comforts of home. Getting into a daily routine is a very comforting thing and I’ll admit, I enjoy wearing my slippers while responding to clients and checking on Facebook accounts! But I still strongly feel that there are new places to explore and when I consider what memories and experiences I’ll be most proud of, it’ll be traveling with my biz/life partner Gracie. Even I have to keep reminding myself that just because I may work from 7-10am and then hop back online again from 3-7pm, doesn’t mean it’s not a full work day. It’s just a slight shift in timing, as we’ve noted on this blog in the past. For us, it means working smarter and in a more concentrated, more focused manner, which many experts agree is more productive.
So in honor of our road trip anniversary, we recently traveled 2,700 miles and throughout 10 states (IL, IN, KY, TN, NC, VA, DC, PA, OH, MI) over two weeks. Instead of flying to our friends’ wedding in DC, we took the meandering, scenic route through historical Shaker Village in Kentucky, onto Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina, hit up President Obama’s favorite BBQ place in Asheville, and drove the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, over three beautiful days. Fordy was in her element, Grace was at-the-ready with our trusty Rand McNally atlas, and I was at the proverbial wheel. Ultimately, the anniversary trip reminded us to continue to take much needed time away from our laptops, enjoy the view, and get out there and soak up as much sun, sweet tea, and pulled pork sandwiches as humanly possible.
Everyone has their own ideal working style, but I would venture to say that if we all closed that email tab on our web browser, looked up and observed the world around us, and took a long bike ride, hike, or scenic drive, we’d be happier and our clients would be more satisfied with our work. Now stop reading this blog and get out there. Happy Friday! And happy anniversary Grace and Fordy.