“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”–Marcel Proust
Whenever I talk about the best team I’ve ever worked with, I always talk about these ladies.
We worked for a regional staffing firm in Las Vegas back in the early 2000’s. CT (left) was our Admin, I handled the temp staffing side of the business, LL handled the direct-hire side and DH managed us and new business development. I’m not going to candy-coat it. We were an AWESOME team. We were all hard-working women gladly putting in the effort needed to do an exceptional job. Our division went from nothing to being one of the more profitable ones in the company in a very short time. Our reputation for excellence, commitment to quality, and level of customer service was growing in the Las Vegas valley and we rarely lost to the competition. Plus, we were just a fun bunch to do business with.
Everything I learned about working as and on a team, I learned from them; how to be selfless, how to check the ego at the door, how to give and receive, how to share praise and reproach, how to *work together*. Each of us had our own function in the division, but our success came from a commitment to not let each other fail. And we didn’t.
We were more than co-workers, though. I count my relationships with them to be among the greatest friendships I’ve ever had. Yes, we would spend nine hours a day, five days a week with each other and then…we would hang out together, our families spent time together and we all got to know each other, we celebrated birthdays, babies, and holidays, we went shopping. We cared about and were there for each other in the good and not-so-good times.
Amazing team professionally. Best of friends.
My family and I moved back to Indiana in 2005. I keep up with them, thanks to Facebook, but I still do miss them.
My current circle of girlfriends is pretty awesome too. I met them through various Church activities. We carpool, our families hang out around the fire pit during the summer, our husbands have been on retreat together, our kids play together, and a few of us are even neighbors. Instead of going out to dinner or shopping, our girls’ nights out are spent in the basement of an old school sharing our gift of faith with middle schoolers. We don’t work together, we serve together. It’s beautiful to experience and I’m blessed that they are in my life.
“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” ~Douglas Pagels
Live. Laugh. Love.
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