Well this year has brought a great deal of change and some heartbreak. In January of this year we sat down with management and were informed that they needed us to fill some slightly new roles. Abigail was needed in-house as project manager for new and relaunching programs. Josh was needed in the field for some tours that were having troubles. He has a keen ability to come into stressed situations with a clear head and patience to fix problems. Abigail has a knack for sorting through huge lists of tasks and keeping it all organized, detail work. As you can imagine we were both excited at the opportunity to increase our skills and help out the company.
Well that was January, it’s now May and we are still on separate programs. Not to say we have not seen each other in five months but it has been limited. For two people who are used to and enjoy working together, the separation is wearing on us. The other difficulty has been the passing of Abigail’s father. While it’s never easy to say goodbye to a parent, Randy was only 60 and leaves behind a very close family.
We are two people who consider each other partners in life and in work. While some joke about how nice must to be get a break from each other, it’s not. We enjoy working together, sharing our work. Being apart while one of us going thought such a hard time has made this all even more taxing. It has also helped us look at some things differently, as grief does to anyone. We appreciate our partnership even more, thankful to have found another person who makes you feel good about yourself. We have to share our work day happenings via an evening phone calls now. Most of these conversation include a moment where you realize “wow, you are the perfect person to handle that”. The work we have both done this year really has helped us both grow and set our focus for what the rest of the year might hold.