All You Need Is Love
Last March, the two most important aspects of my life merged into one when my beautiful wife, Jackie, came to work at our firm. February is a month when everyone thinks about love, and I can’t help but think about the love I have for the work I do every day, and the woman with whom I share those days. Jackie and I first met in high school, but we didn’t actually start dating until we were in college. At the time, I was in Michigan, and she was living in Clarion, Pennsylvania. My parents told me I couldn’t have a cell phone until I could pay for my own, so we communicated mostly through AOL instant messenger and through phone cards that we had to buy to make long-distance calls. In order to talk to each other, we’d have to use the dorm phones, but we had to coordinate to make sure the other person was there to answer the phone. To visit each other, we took Greyhound buses, usually to Cleveland — our middle ground —where we’d spend a weekend together. It’s a little funny thinking back on it. Now, I can call my wife on my cell phone and get a hold of her — and she can do the same for me — as long as our phones aren’t on silent. It was a lot of hard work to maintain a long- distance relationship back then. When we graduated, she found a job in Pittsburgh, and I ended up going to law school there. Although we were still incredibly busy, it became easier to maintain the relationship because we lived closer together. Before Jackie started at our firm, she used to work at a big bank in their accounting department. It was a great job. She worked from home 80% of the time and was paid pretty well. But, at one point, we started talking about our personal and professional goals and realized that a majority of those weren’t aligned. So, we decided that if we were able to work together in a professional setting, we would be more aligned in those personal, financial, and professional goals. Now it really feels like we are on the same path together. We knew it was going to be difficult to work together, since Jackie is smarter and more hardworking than I am, but that wasn’t going to stop us. We had a day-long meeting to create a plan; we got a whiteboard “We know where we want to go and what we want to achieve, and I couldn’t have done that without Jackie.”
and mapped out exactly how we could work together without getting under each other’s skin enough to drive each other crazy. And it worked. Not only did the plan help us work together in a shared space, but it also helped the two of us align our goals even more. We’ve been working together for about a year now, and it’s been an incredible experience. The two of us were successful before we started working together, and now we feel like we’re much more successful than we ever were because we’re together. Since Jackie joined as our firm administrator, we’ve nearly doubled the size of the firm and hired twice as many employees. It was through her experience and expertise that we were able to become what are today. Having the opportunity to work side by side with the person I’m head over heels for and the career that I love so much keeps me incredibly focused on the vision I have for my family and my business. We know where we want to go and what we want to achieve, and I couldn’t have done that without Jackie. I’m incredibly grateful that she’s such a huge part of my life. I hope that you find as much love in your business.
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