Tonight, I had drinks with one of my most favorite people in the world, Julie.
The official calendar invite I sent her said “NYJL Transition + Wine,” but I’ll be real: most of our talking didn’t focus around our transition. (I’m taking over her Junior League position.)
Working with other women–much less in an organization of almost 3,000 of them–can be difficult, but Julie is truly one of those gems who’s not afraid to celebrate other women’s successes, and we’ve worked tremendously well together because we can be entirely honest with each other and not worry about offending each other.
That close collaboration means we’ve been able to accomplish awesome things together, which wouldn’t be possible without such a close relationship. It also means that I feel as ready as possible to take over her position, because she’s brought me in as a trusted partner, rather than trying to take all the credit for herself.
We sat and talked for hours and hours. She’s running the Marine Corps Marathon this fall as her first marathon, and I’m really excited to be there for her, like she’s been there for me the past few years.
While most of this blog focuses on physical health, I absolutely believe that mental health has a strong correlation to physical health, and quality friendships play a huge part in that.
Which woman in your life (other than your mom) has had the biggest impact on your life?
I’d say that this has varied for me based on my stage of life, but for the past few years, Julie has had a huge impact on my life and has taught me to believe in myself. My old boss, Morgan, was pretty awesome, too. The lessons I’ve learned from both of these brilliant ladies are lessons I’ll carry for the rest of my life.