Find your partners in crime, life, and work.
I typically don’t write a lot about my personal life, but feel the need lately to share a little more. I decided I am stuck in blogging writer’s block, because I felt like I had to always share in a bulleted format or teach a lesson through a well-planned formal essay. The truth is a lot of what I love and am passionate about I experience on a daily basis and need to share more of those experiences. So, here it goes my first blog about my life. Watch out, it may be a mushy one.
As you may have seen in a previous post about not setting goals, I am planning a wedding. I am marrying my best friend, the funniest man I know, on April 25, 2009. He is my life-long partner and I knew it the first time we ate sushi together after a long time of not being in touch. We were friends in college. I always had a crush on him. Our journey brought us back together about a month after I graduated, about 6 months since we had even commented on each other’s facebook. And as history wrote it, we are getting married.
After meeting with our photographers, I absolutely love them, and taking our first quiz for our premarital counseling, I realized I am more excited now than I have ever been before about anything. I am excited to navigate through the rest of life with someone who understands my thinking, is willing to challenge it when needed, and shares a love for life and each other.
I have learned through our relationship that it is very important to have someone that keeps me in check. Rob makes sure I am not sharing too much of myself, helps me keep my balance, and keeps me honest.
I suggest that everyone has a person like this, someone that can be completely honest with him or her in every situation. It’s important to not just have a partner in life (whether a boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend), but to also have a partner at work and in the community. It is especially important for young leaders. We all need someone who can tell us the truth about our work habits, how we are in certain situations, how are work habits will fit better with others we work with.
As a young leader I know it is hard to be humbled in your first job or when working in the community, you may think you can take on the world, but it’s important to allow yourself to get and take advice every once and a while. I would not be able to make it through life or work with out these types of relationships.
What have you learned from your partners in crime?