RPS Holds Virtual Costume Contest

Our close-knit team has missed working in the office, probably more than the average bunch. While working virtually, we’ve had to find creative ways to have fun. As a result, the RPS team held a “work from home” costume contest. Apart from getting extra screen time with one another, it was also an exciting way to mix up our team’s daily WFH routines.

Round One

Initially, the virtual costume contest featured a tie within our marketing department — 16 votes for Alex’s “You Jelly?” costume and Angela’s “Getting Groovy!” costume. Through our tiebreaker, Angela’s “Social Distant Butterfly” costume scored 19 votes, securing her place in round two of the competition.

Our team was elated at the engagement level from those who were following our costume contest via Facebook. Emily’s “Eternally Grateful to WFH” costume gained 330 votes while Chris’, “WFH Relaxin” costume secured 363 votes. Although a close vote, Chris’ relatable work from home costume pushed him into the second round.

RPS’s Head Honcho, Joshua, was decked out from head-to-toe, sporting his “Working Every Knight” costume. Mackenzie’s simplistic yet brilliant, homage to 90’s cartoon “Ed, Edd, n Eddy” welcomed waves of nostalgia through her “Wood you like to WFH” costume. With 29 votes, our Head Honcho slid into the second round of the competition.

Our next contenders’ poll reached 1,150 people. Scott summoned 29 votes and was ready to party with his “Rock N’ Roll or WFH Goal” costume. However, Stephanie advanced to the second round. Her Harry Potter-inspired “WFH Tactic Use Some Magic” costume landed a whopping 76 votes.

Jake’s “Adventure Guide WFH Pride” costume captured eight votes as his aesthetic displayed a healthy mix of National Geographic and Disney Jungle Cruise. Wendolyn’s “WFH is a Home Run” costume served as a tribute to her hometown. She hit a grand slam, advancing to the second round with 13 votes.

Is that Jenna, our Lead Content Strategist, or a “WFH Ninja Warrior?” Honestly, Jenna graciously executes both roles and earned 15 votes with her work from home costume. Jennifer’s “Care Bear Solitaire” welcomed lots of smiles. She secured 19 votes and advanced to the second round of the competition.

Round Two

The competition throughout round one was close. In contrast, our second round displayed clear victors through each poll. Chris’ “WFH Relaxin” achieved 57 votes, advancing him into the final round of the competition.

RPS Director of Operations, Stephanie, launched into the final round of the competition with 49 votes. We’re still wondering if there was any magic involved.

Although fan favorites, Jennifer and Wendolyn did not make it to the final round. However, Jennifer’s “Care Bear Solitaire” costume did secure nine votes, beating Wendolyn’s “WFH is a Home Run” costume by three votes.

Final Round

The final round of our “work from home” costume contest featured a dash of Harry Potter magic and a cozy work from home aesthetic. The final round reached 2,843 people and totaled 380 votes. Stephanie’s “WFH Tactic Use Some Magic” costume scored 151 votes, and Chris’ “WFH Relaxin” costume scored 229 votes, making him the overall champion! Our winner, Chris, was gifted a Grubhub gift card.

The RPS team has hosted a variety of activities to stay connected and have fun while working remotely. Other activities include spirit day, dance parties, virtual zoo visits, and team lunches via Google Hangouts. If you would like to see more of our WFH fun, visit our Facebook page.

Life: The Storm, The Sunset, The Calm

Every once in a while there’s a story that happens among our team that is just heartwarming and we decided this one was worth sharing. Justin and Stephanie commissioned Evi to create them this incredible custom piece of art for their home. Check out what Justin had to say about it’s inspiration and what Evi had to say about it’s creation.

Justin’s Take

Justin: I don’t claim to be an art aficionado or critic. My knowledge of fine art extends about as far as Stephen Farthing’s comments in my copy of 1001 Art Masterpieces You Must See Before You Die sitting on my coffee table. My job is storytelling through filmmaking and I love it!. 

I love the nuance, craftsmanship, and subtext that a great film contains. I love how it can take you on an emotional journey and leave you with questions that have no easy answers at times. While I don’t fully understand fine art, I appreciate and respect that it has told us stories with these qualities for thousands of years, well before the first camera was ever rolling.

So after a tiring several days filming out on a studio lot in Atlanta, I decided to spend the weekend at the High Museum of Art before flying back home to Florida.

As I roamed through the numerous exhibits, I found myself lingering in the European Art wing looking over the works of Corot, Bazille, Renoir, and Pissarro. I was stopped in my tracks though by Monet’s Houses of Parliament in the Fog. The vague simplicity of shape and color, the mysterious boatman in the foreground, the looming form of Parliament; I was inspired.

When I arrived back home to Florida, I spoke to my wife about commissioning a piece for our home. Something that would tell a story, foster conversation for visiting guests, create teaching opportunities for our kids, and inspire my wife and me in our daily routines. 

After creating some mood boards and an outline of the premise, my wife and I sat down with incredible local artist Evi Marie to undertake this feat. 

The premise was simply life as told through three pieces: The Storm, The Sunset, The Calm.

So often we think of life as the good times and bad, the highs and lows, the sunsets and storms but we wanted to show those moments that were in between as well; the calm moments, the moments that you feel like you’re standing still, just running through your daily routine. It can be easy to be frustrated by these times in our lives, thinking they are a waste of time. 

We long for the sunsets, those gold-colored surreal memories, or the battle hardening storms that toughen our skin and teach us those hard life lessons, but it can be difficult at times to live and find rest in the mundane consistency of the calm. I know I’ve struggled with that; that’s why these pieces speak and reach out to me.

They remind me that life is about seasons.  Seasons that come and go, just like the winds and tides and that each of these seasons is vital for us to grow as artists, friends, family, parents- to grow as strong and healthy people. 

Everyone’s voyage is different. Everyone’s boat is unique. Just remember that through life’s cycle of these seasons, live and appreciate every moment you can. Show love and grace to those ships around you and know that we are all on the ever-changing sea of life together.


Evi’s Take

A Word from the Artist: Well… the time has come. These three beautiful pieces I created for Stephanie and Justin are finally complete and in their lovely home right where they belong. As always, I’ve tied so much emotion and love within these works of art. And as I left their house I had some serious separation anxiety. I am so grateful for this opportunity and the amazing support I received from friends and family.

These 24×48 Acrylic paintings emerged from a vision Justin had for The Storm, The Calm, and The Sunset. After much talking and planning I was off to start. I spent weeks thinking and staring at blank canvases almost as tall as me, & I honestly had no idea where to begin. There was so much uncertainty, and many days where my head was just filled with doubt. But I’m so thankful for my friends and family who told me to start, to keep going and to keep pushing forward. Then one morning I said “I’m going to paint”( just like that) it all hit me like a wave, once the brush came in contact with the canvas. It was quite magical, and it felt very natural. Although the size of the canvases were intimidating, I found excitement and passion from each stroke of the brush. And as I moved my hand the vision just became clearer.

I’m thrilled with how these pieces came out, and I’m glad they are going to a lovely home.


A sneak peek at the masterpiece partially completed!