I was so inspired by reading Sal and Taylor Cincotta’s recent article in Rangefinder magazine, “Do’s & Don’ts of Working With Your Spouse”. I have to agree, working with your spouse takes a very special love for each other and extra dose of patience! But for some of us, it’s a dream! Ever since Damion and I became best buds about 15 years ago, we have always loved spending time together. Even as young as we were, i remembering thinking that it was so cool how we could literally spend days together and not get tired of each other. Even when we would take family vacations and then Damion would have to go back to his full-time job, he would miss us so much and the girls and I missed him too, even though he was only gone for 8-10 hours! We just like hanging out together. OK, not that we don’t occassionally get on each other’s nerves (!) and we definitely each need our own space, but for the most part, this is our dream coming true. I know that working together is definitely not beneficial OR healthy for every couple, (some people would probably kill each other!!!) but it does have some awesome advantages when you’re meant for it (and challenges too, but that’s another post!)
So, we each came up with a list of our 5 favorite things about working together as spouses. I’ll share Damion’s list tomorrow, but here’s my favorite things about working with Damion The Hubster–
1> He lightens things up!! Sometimes I can get SO serious and focused and deep in consideration and he’ll just say something totally weird or goofy and it reminds me to laugh, to not take ourselves SO seriously!!!
2> It’s awesome seeing him succeed in his strengths and learning from it !! I love seeing how Damion words things and works out the “business end of things”, contracts, details, etc because he is so good at it. I am more emotionally driven so I’m learning not to get so emotionally involved and he’s been a great factor in teaching me more about not just being a good person, but also being a good business person.
3>Dream sharing and dream building together is a great feeling!! We talk about all kinds of crazy and dreamy ideas all the time, and it’s really helpful to have a sounding board that has a common vision. It’s exciting to talk with someone who shares the same heart and passion as you do and pushes you further in that.
4> I enjoy having Damion around!! Weird I know. Now, he isn’t around all the time, mind you, but I like that our girls can go give him a hug anytime they want (if he’s not busy) and he gets to take part in our daily activities. When he was working full time, it was as if he missed half of our (the girls and mine) life. Now he gets to see the good, the bad, and the ugly! But we get to see him too.
5> I love networking events together! It’s interesting to see how our differences in personality and people skills really merge into a great team that supports each other and the business. AND it’s a good excuse for a date night
Well, tomorrow you’ll hear more from him, and then about the challenges of working with your spouse and how we deal with that..perhaps the most interesting topic of all… and can’t leave you without an image now can I?
Keep enjoying life with those you love,