Day 412 – Thankful for the Nexus of Family Life and Work Life

Not gonna lie, there’ve been at least a dozen things I almost blogged about today.  From our 4:30am run in the crazy cool fog with a sliver of a moon to a cozy sweatshirt (pretty sure you’ll hear more about that one in the future) to an unexpected reminder of Dad in a song that made laugh out loud to packing for two trips at once, there’s been so much to be thankful for.  Even after 777 straight days of blogging about what I’m thankful for each day I’m still humbled and amazed at all I’ve been blessed with in my life.

Today we had Marlene Chism (and another of my awesome sisters from another misters – Heather Joyner) in Eau Claire to present on leadership to over 40 of our clients and fellow business leaders.  As I’ve come to expect from Marlene, the presentation was fantastic!


What made the event even more special was that it was one of the first times my mom has been at an Express event.  It was so awesome to see her in a different light.  I’m so used to seeing her as “Mom” that it was pretty cool seeing her as a business professional.  We talk work often on the phone, but it was just wild hearing her share stories side by side with me.  It was AWESOME!!!

I’m also grateful that she had the opportunity to meet my work family in the Menomonie and Eau Claire offices.  It was cool that they were able to quickly see where I get a lot of my personality from.

Over the past couple of months I’ve been noticing more and more how I have the people closest to me put into my paradigms of who they are based on my relationship with them.  While this is how I’m used to seeing them I’m realizing that there is so much more to everyone.  In this case she’s not just “Mom” she’s a business professional.  It feels weird to see her in a different light like that, but it helps me appreciate her even more.  Times like this remind me that I need to keep digging in deeper to really get to know the loved ones in my life better, not just the paradigm of them that I have in my head.

I’m so thankful to have had this extra time with my mom, the opportunity to learn alongside of Darlene the HR professional, and for the chance to get to know her a little better.  It was a pretty sweet nexus of family and work life that I’m grateful to have had.


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