A few days ago while talking to my husband about how I’ve been feeling uninspired, he asked me what did inspire me. I started off my saying how much I love strong women- women that believe that you can have a happily and full family that’s in love with each other and also have a career, something that you’re proud of. But I didn’t create this in my mind. In fact, 9 months ago I would have said this wasn’t a reality. But 9 months ago, I met a woman who changed my entire life. I met a woman full of gracious words, encouragement, endless smiles and so much damn love. I met my mentor.
And today is my last day working with her. She’s moving on and taking new paths in life and while I couldn’t be more excited for her, I’m devastated. I haven’t learned all that I have to learn from this woman. You know when you meet someone exceptional? I’m talking truly, truly extraordinary. Someone that changes your worldview and makes you believe in something you didn’t know existed? That’s what she’s done for me. I was telling Joe about how sad I am a couple of weeks ago and I said, “She’s taught me everything that I know!” and he said, “Well I hope you were listening.”
Susan, I was listening. I listened to every word you spoke, every outfit you wore and every time you showed me that Tom Ford lipstick makes the best blush. I listened to your crisis management skills, your gracious words of forgiveness and your amazing ability to close a deal. One million afternoon coffee’s later and I’m finally ready to accept that this season of our lives are over. Don’t worry, I was listening, and I probably won’t stop listening for the rest of my life.