When the Creativity is Epic by Julie Arduini

My last post I shared how May is a whirlwind month full of two book releases, an out-of-state wedding, and our son’s high school graduation. I thought today I’d share part of the whirlwind, an aspect we enjoyed during our wedding travels.

Our family had the honor of meeting our daughter’s “iRun4” runner, an amazing woman who works for a company called Epic Systems in Verona, Wisconsin. What makes it such a small world was when we were matched with our runner, we told her that our daughter’s older brother and sister live in Wisconsin. When we realized she worked in the Madison area, we laughed and said so does Hannah’s brother. Then one day I received a message from Cole, our runner. Turns out she works at the same company, same building as our oldest son.

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One of the floors in the Epic Ice Age theme.

 

Pretty “Epic,” right?

Well, meeting Cole and having her give us a tour of the amazing campus was beyond epic. All I knew going in was they are in the software business for healthcare. Our daughter uses MyChart, and guess where it comes from? Yep, Epic Systems.

Yet, touring the campus took everything I think about technical work and turned it upside down. My husband is a programmer and as long as I’ve known him, his life has been cubicles and sterile looking walls. Not a lot of excitement as far as visuals. Lots of meetings, but not a lot of connecting that I’ve been aware of.

Even his jaw dropped during the tour.

We learned that Epic started with a different name and a few employees, a start up funded with money from the CEO’s parents. The name was what you’d expect from a technical company, but it didn’t take long before everyone realized this was no ordinary company. A name change was suggested, and the rest was history.

They started in Madison but are now a multi-building campus in Verona. Each building has a theme and inside, the theme is everything. Art is everywhere, something the employees have the opportunity to have a say in/bring. There are many floors to each theme, and I believe it was Lord of the Rings that wasn’t even visible to the outside. Almost everything is connected underground so people don’t have to go outside. During the tour we were encouraged to take pictures. When friends saw, they wanted to know what this was and where. Some knew about Epic and admitted this tour was on their bucket list.

Everyone has an office and after five years of employment, they are encouraged to take a paid sabbatical. When I asked why there isn’t a daycare, Cole reasoned it most likely is because the CEO wants to make sure employees don’t live on campus. That they go home and be with their families.

Told you it was epic.

Our tour wasn’t even complete. We were on a timeframe so we only saw highlights. Yet, with my Fitbit I noticed we had over eight thousand steps in. We did so much walking that a virtual race Cole signed her and our daughter up for, they met the requirements and had an award ceremony on campus.

As an author, when I see a creative mind at work, I am so impressed. My technical husband and son wanted to drop our Ohio life and pick up resumes before leaving. I walked by productive meetings in a café. On swings overlooking the countryside. On the floor. Hardly anyone was in their office. The entire experience was inspiring.

I wish I were artistic and creative beyond connecting words together, but seeing everything I did at Epic made me want to try. They even had a chute to go from one floor to another. They are expanding, the new theme being whimsical stories like Alice and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It won’t surprise me if we plan a visit to go back and see the new buildings.

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An actual chute to go from one floor to another.

 

Oh, and to see Cole.

And right, our family.

What creative place have you been that inspired you?

P.S.

If you want to learn more about iRun4, visit here.

My releases are available on Amazon for Kindle, print coming soon. Check out my Amazon page to learn more about Entrusted and Entangled.

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About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. Her devotional, FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER, features the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and starting April 2017, will be part of the Inspy Romance blog. She resides in Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret chocolate stash. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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