Un verano sin ti …

He has done it again! The new album by the infamous singer Bad Bunny has captivated the souls of Puerto Ricans and fans all over the world. Inspired by his new album “Un verano sin ti”, Moda Team has taken a day trip to one of the most beautiful beaches, Cayo Yayi in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

As the leader of this marvelous group of girls that form Moda Gallery, it is important to cultivate team building experiences. As Forbes magazine explained in an article “ team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line.”

With that in mind, I embarked on a mission to find a way we can share outside of “the office”, making it adventurous and special. This is not to splurge, but to make a true investment in maintaining that positive energy at the work place.

They met up on Sunday morning 8:30 am, where, Harold, the chofer of a Mercedes Sprinter was greating them. Our Operations Manager had their favorite Starbucks order TO GO. As they cruised about an hour to meet me at the Marina, I was preparing the delicious French 75 cocktail with an orange twist and getting all their goodie bags ready. Included personalized beach towels, tumblers, and my fave Elta MD Spf lips and face combo. The Captain and I were making sure weather conditions were according to plan, lunch menus were set, and getting that champagne very cold, reassuring everything was running smoothly. A few minutes later, they arrive.

And just like that… All aboard! And off we go! We sailed for an hour, under the Caribbean Sun, looking for the perfect spot, listening to some local bands and of course “Un Verano sin ti”.

We dropped anchor at Cayo Yayi, surrounded by crystalline waters and bright starfish. We danced, we swam, we jumped, we laughed, we simply had an amazing time. I don’t even recall talking about work. It was just beautiful. About six hours later we were back at the Marina. Walking ashore with a contagious vibe of a beautiful day spent with beautiful people in a beautiful place.

Even though some didn’t knew how to swim, and others didn’t like heights, it didn’t stop them from facing their fears. We even jumped off the stern of the ship, together, as a team, twice.  They all knew we had each other’s back and everything was going to be all right. And that to me is the most rewarding thing. Mission accomplished!

Jani

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