2020 in Hindsight

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It’s the consensus that 2020 was just not our year. However, at Sound Painting Solutions, we made the most of what we were offered. In this blog post, we will reflect and celebrate the wonderful things we had the privilege of doing this year. Focusing on the communities we helped and our own, we can’t wait to share these projects and events with you! 

How it all started…

Let’s rewind to a time where leaving our homes was less daunting. Sound Painting started the year off with our annual holiday celebration at Cantina Leña. We celebrated the only way we knew how with great food and our community. By inviting our employees and their families, we all celebrated what 2020 had in store. Little did we know what was to come… 

Sound Painting Solutions' annual holiday party at Cantina Leña in 2019

Then COVID-19 hit…

By March, the COVID-19 pandemic brought on new challenges and points for improvement. With the rest of the state, we shut down our services for about a month to better equip ourselves. Following the state’s safety guidelines, we made our practices safer for our customers and employees. Wearing masks, social distancing, and constant disinfecting became necessary for our exterior and interior projects’ success. Like many other businesses during this time, we increased our use of virtual forms of communication. We moved our weekly Crew Leader meetings to Zoom and created a company-wide Slack, where company updates and memes were shared. Even more so in 2020, communication was key to our success!

Washington State's Stay Home Stay Healthy initiative

How we grew…

Our administration team grew in 2020! It was our first full year of employing a marketing intern. We had three different students from the University of Washington intern for us throughout the year. Our interns wrote blog posts, ran our social media accounts, and created promotional materials. We also brought on a new team member in the office dedicated to scheduling new projects to help us better serve our clients. The latest additions to our team made this year an exciting time for learning and growth!

We also hosted our first virtual Trivia Night, which we believe will turn into an annual event! We were so grateful for all those involved, including the wonderful West Seattle businesses we got our prizes from! Shoutout to Flying Apron, Peel & Press, and Lady Jaye for offering great food options in our neighborhood, even whilst dine-in services are mostly shuttered. We can’t wait to have more fun events like this one! 

Sound Painting Solutions' Virtual Trivia Night on 4/30/20

How we gave back…

2020 reminded us of the importance of giving back to our community. We asked you to nominate local frontline workers with Remodel for Reason. This project allowed us to award Sam, a Seattle nurse, with complementary painting services. Reading her and others’ inspiring stories reminded us of how much of their lives they give to keep us safe and healthy. 

Sound Painting Solutions' Remodel for Reason project - nominate a frontline worker to receive complimentary painting services

During the fall, we also had the opportunity to paint the Log House Museum. We were grateful to volunteer our time to restore the West Seattle landmark. Continuing our mission to give back to West Seattle, we sponsored the West Seattle Junction’s Holiday events. We contributed to WSJ Harvest Fest and Hometown Holidays by adding SPS swag to the boxes for purchase! We loved receiving the photos and videos of people unboxing our items!

The Log House Museum in West Seattle

How it ended…

Overall 2020 was filled with opportunities to build and support our community. We were also very fortunate to have the business year we had! However, seeing 2020 come to an end brings about a hopeful outlook on life. With the COVID-19 vaccine and a new political climate, we can’t wait to see what 2021 brings! Remember to shop small and support those around you! Good things are to come!

Celebratory graphic of 2021
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