We’re in the thick of preparing ourselves for becoming an actual business”launching the commerce part of our website in a matter of weeks and the first of our retail stores over the next couple of months”and we’re all feeling the effects.
As pressures mount, the stress levels do too. Several of us here at the shop have taken to the climbing gym as our particular form of stress release. It’s proven to be much more effective than the therapist’s couch, and much healthier than the two hour liquid lunch. The best part, however, is that it’s allowed us to know one another in a setting far removed from the office and our office roles. When you’ve had the chance to trust a person at the end of your rope, and allowed them the same opportunity, it carries over into your relationship at work.
We’re trying to convince a few more people each week to come join us, with the goal of having at least half the staff strung out on belay by May, at which time, weather permitting, we’ll shift our focus to the outdoor venues of Smith Rock and the local crags.