Good Leaders: What brings you joy today?

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Today Melinda and I celebrate 30 years of marriage. That brings me joy!

Melinda and I celebrate 30 years of marriage today. That brings me joy!

This the easiest blog of the year to write because today is a big deal. Melinda and I are celebrating 30 years of marriage today. And that really brings me joy!

On October 18, 1986, I didn’t know how to think 30 years into the future. I was 23 years old, hoping to buy a house someday and start a family. I didn’t know it then, but we were building a Seven Fs foundation: a life of faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future together.

A good life partnership

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Melinda and I love both music and sports. Simple fun!

Melinda and I love both music and sports. Simple fun!

We are a simple pair: we like to spend time together. We like to host parties. We like sports and music. We like to travel and we like to laugh.

Today, we run a business together. We definitely didn’t see that coming 30 years ago! The risk/reward of owning a business is definitely in my bloodline and not in hers. So, we take it one day at a time. I think ahead…she reminds me what we need to do today. We are living the dream: traveling, hosting, helping people grow, employing people we adore, and building something that brings us joy.

Thinking ahead: aspirations for the next 30 years

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On October 18, 2046, I expect to be celebrating 60 years of marriage with Melinda. It's a good partnership, and it brings me joy!

On October 18, 2046, I expect to be celebrating 60 years of marriage with Melinda. It’s a good partnership, and it brings me joy!

Last Thursday evening Melinda and I hugged two of our mentors – Clyde and Lois Allen – who are poised on the edge of celebrating 60 years of marriage! They were precisely the age Melinda and I are today, when they attended our wedding 30 years ago. The main difference now – I have the ability to think 30 years into the future…and I expect Melinda will still be reminding me of what we need to do that day: October 18, 2046.

That brings me joy!

Good leaders thrive because of family. And they celebrate the major milestones with joy!

Please share with me: What brings you joy today?

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Brian Lassiter on October 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Congratulations, Paul and Melinda! Here’s to another 30 years of blending the 7 F’s with your life partner!



  2. John Gamades on October 18, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Congrats guys! 30 years is an awesome milestone! You’re absolutely right – good leaders do thrive because of family, and mine brings me joy as well!



  3. Mary Kaye Ashley on October 18, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Paul,
    Congratulations to you & Melinda! Jim & I will celebrate 40 in December, and our new grandson is probably our biggest joy. love & blessings, Mary Kaye



  4. Beau Nordby on October 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Paul and Melinda, congrats on 30 years! You’re an amazing couple. Having just celebrated 14 years with my beautiful wife and knowing there’s many more years ahead, that brings me joy!



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