"SOAR"ing Over Nashville

When we first arrived at SOAR, butterflies fluttered in our stomachs.  A four level tower, reaching heights of 45 feet stood before us. Just like a little kid walking into Disneyland for the first time, we were filled with curiosity, excitement, and just enough fear!

4 levels and over 110 climbing elements!

4 levels and over 110 climbing elements!

 

Each year, the M Street employees participate in a fun, team-oriented activity. We began this year's outing with a team building exercise. The team was given four wooden planks. All of the M Street team members needed to use the planks to get from one side of the platform to the other without touching the ground. Needless to say, this task was quite difficult! With a little bit of teamwork and strategy, we successfully completed the challenge.

The first activity was a great way to start the SOAR adventure!

The first activity was a great way to start the SOAR adventure!

 

After double-checking we were strapped snugly into our harnesses, we marched forward together to start the first set of activities on the SOAR tower. We began with a pretty simple task of swinging across wooden boards. Then, it got a bit more challenging with floating whiskey barrels.

There was constant cheering from our fellow colleagues!

There was constant cheering from our fellow colleagues!

The challenges got more exciting as we went on. We road a bicycle in the sky! With a scream of excitement and some reassurance from the M Street employees, we completed the bicycle challenge.

Don't look down!

Don't look down!

One of the highlights of the day was watching each other attempt the surfboard challenge. After a few attempts and constant M Street-style encouragement, we were able to achieve the seemingly impossible!

Look everyone! No hands!

Look everyone! No hands!

 

Those of us with extreme balance and precision tried the tight-rope challenge. We all clenched our teeth as we watched our friends walk the line.

Hold on tight!

Hold on tight!

Each time one of us completed a course, we grabbed a flag. At the end of the day, we put all of our flags together. It was so neat to see how each individual’s hard work came together to create something meaningful.

What a great M Street employee outing!

What a great M Street employee outing!

The employee outing brought us all together to boost M Street morale and leadership. Whether we are in the kitchen, the office, or one of our restaurants, we will use the lessons from this adventurous day to guide us toward innovation and teamwork.