A stay-at-home mom and a business executive walk into a bar… Okay, so maybe Laura and I wouldn’t walk into a bar together, but it is an odd pairing — an unlikely partnership indeed. Just what does a mom of two young children have in common with a retirement-age recruiting contractor? More than either of us might have thought, as we would soon find out.
Let me back up a few years to explain.
The Early Days, Summer 2013
My husband had just signed a contract to teach at a classical school outside of Philadelphia, and we were preparing to move from Richmond, Virginia, to a start this new adventure. The cost of living in South Jersey is definitely higher than in Richmond, and private schools aren’t known for their extravagant salaries, so I found myself looking at options for earning some extra money.
It just so happened that my lovely aunt contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in some part-time work-from-home hours. She had been working as a virtual assistant for Laura, but was transitioning to full-time employment. So she was searching for someone to replace her. After Laura and I spoke on the phone, I took the reins from my aunt. Since I am wired to enjoy administration, the job fit snugly with personality: answering email, scheduling appointments, managing her calendar, and partnering with her to assist her in executive recruiting.
Fast Forward to Summer 2015
In May of 2015, Laura called and told me that she wanted to take some time off from executive recruiting in order to focus more on her artwork. Little did I know how that shift in focus would transform our partnership! As we continued to talk and explore, “I want more time to paint” became questions about how to market and sell art online, the creation of a website, development of an e-store and selling on other e-commerce sites, a blog… Things have just been accelerating since then.
I am a linear thinker and a Type-A personality — some might say I border on OCD (but in a good way, I’m sure). Laura… well… she’s an artist. When it comes to her art, she just creates. She intuits things; she emotes. I am the left brain while she is the right brain. While it might sometimes feel as though we are talking past each other, we’ve learned to accommodate each other. Laura endures my countless emails, complete with bulleted lists, enumerated questions, and attached spreadsheets. I’ve learned to be patient and flexible as she requests another color change or forgets to set a price for a piece of art. She makes me a better communicator. I think she would say the same of me.
The Ties That Bind
What is it that makes us work so well together? In fact, with just one of us, this art blogging adventure would look very different. Despite our differences, we share a common foundation and a common goal. Both our lives our anchored in Jesus Christ and His Word. Both of us love art, love people and want to encourage them. Because of the gospel, we are united, and because of Laura’s art and my writing, we have this blog.
I know the past few weeks have shown a lot of division in our society, and where we go seems unclear to so many people. But for those of us who follow Christ, we have a message of hope and of unity to give to a world that so desperately needs it. Who in your life needs to hear that? Who are the people in your life that are different from you, but enrich your life as a result? Tell them how grateful you are for your unlikely partnership.
Pam Jarvis · July 14, 2016 at 10:49 am
Loved getting to meet you Michelle! God is amazing how he puts people together!
Michelle · July 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm
It was great to meet you too, Pam. Thanks for pulling it all together!
Dee · July 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm
WOW! A lot of things have changed. So glad you and Laura have met face-to-face and that things are working so well. You are both special ladies.
Michelle · July 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm
Thanks, Dee! The blogging aspect is way more interesting and I’m loving it!
Laura · July 14, 2016 at 4:55 pm
I am super blessed that God put us together Michelle!!
Michelle · July 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm
As am I!!!!
Sandy · July 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm
It was all great timing! God is good!
Michelle · July 14, 2016 at 7:09 pm
He definitely is, Sandy!!! Hanging out with you was an added bonus 🙂
Nadia Decker · July 15, 2016 at 6:50 am
With Jesus as the common bond everything else just falls into place. What a great testimony!
Michelle · July 15, 2016 at 9:54 am
Leesa Donner · July 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm
There’s something special about a “Jonathan & David” friendship. How wonderful God put you together! !
Michelle · July 15, 2016 at 5:09 pm
It is indeed!