The first day of my month of relaxation was truly amazing. Work has been very interesting the past few weeks. I have started to feel lost. So many choices are in front of me. It is hard not make crazy decisions sometimes. On Wednesday, my best friend texted me and said that Two EE’s is having a sale over the weekend. Luckily, I was also hanging out with another friend who was in desperate need of some W&R. Sometimes you just need to take a few hours and go back to the basics.
For anyone who hasn’t been to Two EE’s Winery, you are missing out. It feels like this place has been around forever, but I think the owners are probably my age. It is by far the best wine I’ve had. Bonus… locally owned. It is always busy, has a rocking food truck, live music, and the wines are great. Friday was especially great because we had Sol Kitchen truck. Amanda and Jessica both were happy to join in the festivities of table hunting, wine slushy drinking, and bottle sharing.
As I was sitting with these two friends, memories of how much we have all been through came back. I have been friends with Amanda for 12 years and friends with Jessica for 10 years. Both of these ladies come from different words. One is from my Kokomo world and the other is from my Fort Wayne world. It was so funny sharing stories about how many times we almost died and how much trouble we have gotten in. It is like these parallel lives that occasionally swerve and intersect. As we get older, I cherish these moments of pure humor where we are all just laughing at absolutely nothing and make fun of all of the people bringing babies to the winery.
Friends are fine wines. They all have different flavors, different colors, and get better with age. It takes a few hours of going back to the people that know you the best in order to really get to know yourself and who you wish you still are.
I have been hearing a lot about mentors lately. It wasn't until I worked in higher education that this word became a part of my everyday vocabulary. Some people are uncomfortable by them and some people swear by them. I just want to know where you get them?
I have had the privilege of working with amazing people, men and women, at all of my places of employment. I looked up to these people, attempted to model myself after them, but I don't know if I could call any of them mentors. Mentors seem more like a reciprocal relationship where one person knows that they are hot stuff and the other is not. The cool guy/gal is in turn supposed to be very Yoda like and teach the young Skywalker how to be just like them.
Here is my ad:
Young perfectionist, hard worker, and who probably needs to broaden her horizons, is seeking mentor. Mentor should be friendly, yet honest and to the point. No sugar coating. Mentee may need to be reminded what life is like outside her bubble. Mentor must love volunteering ant the community so mentee and mentor and make huge strides together.
PS This is unrealistic. If so many careers are advocates and even require mentoring relationships, should this be a normal step in order for young employees to advance?
Experiencing interpersonal relationships with people who are not your direct co-workers can be very rewarding. Maybe we can learn to get to know each other and learn something new.