In mid-February, the Connect the Grey team went on a three-day retreat to Cinque Terre, a series of small fishing villages located along the coast in the Italian Riviera. In the middle of the winter, this region is calm and largely devoid of tourists, who flock to the seaside during the warmer summer months. We took advantage of the peace and quiet, exploring the twisting alleyways and cobblestone streets of Manarola, and taking a photography-themed day hike through the hills to Corniglia and Vernazza. Spending time in Cinque Terre is like stepping into the past; from the laundry hanging out of every window to the lack of motorized vehicles and the daily fish and flower markets, it was an escape from the modern world. It was a rejuvenating experience, and one that fueled our inspiration for creating a company that helps people of all professions live happy, fulfilling lives.