Campus Commons PT - February 2019

CAMPUSCOMMONS

LOVE AND BUSINESS PEAS AND CARROTS OR OIL AND WATER?

When you work with your significant other, the relationship operates uniquely. With my wife and I both involved in Campus Commons, it can be difficult to turn away from the business. I might be out at a soccer game and ask, “Hey, did you get that done?” Over the years we’ve noticed this tendency, and that’s why in 2019 I want to focus more on leaving the clinic at work and being less consumed at home. It’s easy to walk in the front door of our house and continue being an entrepreneur, but without the balance between personal relationships and work, life becomes more stressful. Finding harmony can be tough, and we often need to check ourselves. I was with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago, and I explained that we’ve been running the business for five years now. In response, he quipped, “I could tell from the gray streak down the side of your head.” It was a good joke, but there is a lot of stress associated with the job because our livelihood is tied directly to the success of the practice. When you need to pay a mortgage and keep up with the monthly family expenses, it can be hard to take a step back. But as I get older, I see that no matter how much I justify working

longer hours, what really matters is the time I spend with my family.

Changing my schedule has allowed me to take a deep breath. Each month, my wife and I are going to do a date night and hold ourselves accountable to talk about anything but business. We committed to each other first, so setting aside time to invest in our relationship should take precedent. I want to focus on what we have together outside the confines of the clinic because it’s important to show love in more than one way. “WITHOUT HER, I WOULD NOT BE THE MAN I AM TODAY, AND OUR PRACTICE WOULD NOT BE NEARLY AS EFFECTIVE.” My wife is exactly my opposite. Everyone adores her because she’s empathetic and compassionate. She’s always positive and smiles at everyone she meets. I’m more serious, so she balances me out really well. She does a great job of joking around to get

me to lighten up. Every day she energizes our kids and continually nurtures them through challenging times. She’s the ultimate mother and wife. Everything is taken care of, even though it doesn’t have to be. Without her, I would not be the man I am today, and our practice would not be nearly as effective. Her birthday is in February, and I think it’s wonderful that I get to celebrate our love and her life in the same month. It might be the shortest of the year, but it packs a big love punch, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

–Mark Eddy

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