This Summer is breezing by way too fast! Blogging is rather new for us, but it's one of those things that we hope to do more of because there's so much we want to share and talk about beyond the pretty and often too instant world of Instagram. Often I wonder what it's like to see our brand from the outside. My hope is that I can share the moments that inspire us, moments that connect us, and give you a glimpse of what it's like beyond just the feed.
At the end of July, I was invited to our favorite marker brand + national sponsor, @copicmarker's company picnic and tour the Copic distribution center @imaginationinternational in Eugene, Oregon. I took this opportunity to bring the family with me. I've always envisioned building out my dream-life with my family in tow so you can imagine having them there with me was like a dream come true.
We landed in Portland and made our way down to a town called Coquille, Oregon. Excited to also be visiting family friends, we headed out on our adventure just about 4 hours drive from Portland. After spending a few day there, we headed to Eugene, Oregon which was about 2 hours away.
I was ecstatic to be invited to the home of John and Hilary, owners of @copicmarker and @imaginationinternational (1 of 3 distribution centers in the world). Copic Markers is one of our national sponsors for The Sketchbook Series and our all time favorite marker brand. So as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance!
As we arrived to the picnic, we were greeted with face painters, live music, an open bar, and a delicious food spread! Personally, this was the perfect type of event for me - low key, picnic style, casual settings are my jam!
It was fascinating to hear how it all started and their early humble beginnings of just 2 people working out of their home has now over 100 employees and still growing. It was very inspiring!
Before I knew it, the picnic was over, but I was excited to get a private tour the facilities the next day. Valerie heads up the education department there and let me know that @copicmarker wasn't just about selling markers. She shared that they make a few of their own products outside of Copic markers. They also resell other brands. But, to my surprise they also do a lot of philanthropy work with local schools. Education is also a huge component of their brand. As you can see, I am a huge fan of not only their markers, but also the mission behind their work. I feel connected in so many ways and I feel very honored that I got a private tour of their facilities.
I couldn't take too many photos inside, but here's a very quick glimpse of my tour!
Until our next adventure!!!
Stay Creatively Inspired,