I couldn’t even finish reading this blog post to Colin without breaking down in sobs. In fact, I had to take a break for about a minute and try again. I waited all afternoon for some conclusion to just come to me and then the one that did seal the deal came from a far more emotional place than I thought this blog would evoke from me. Hence, Read ’em and Weep.
One of our favourite ways to learn and grow together as a couple and to better ourselves as entrepreneurs is to read. We have purchased plenty of books, especially since starting our business together in September of 2015. Colin enjoys watching videos of his mentors and consumes a lot of content this way as well as through audiobooks and podcasts. Tonia prefers a book in hand to leaf through. So we compromise.
After our work days dwindle down and dinner has been made, we serve up some herbal teas, snuggle up on the couch with our beagle, Jorja and read a book together. Before this became part of our routine it was a way to fill time on a long road trip for business. However, now it has become a part of our ‘you and me’ time that we feel has been so important to our marriage. If we’re consistently growing together this way, exploring new ideas and discussing them, we’re also learning one another’s perspective.
One of the most constructive ways we have developed content for our teams is through reading and putting together strategies through what we’ve learned. There are times we might read a chapter before we pause to take some notes together and consider the ideas presented in whatever book we happen to be reading. There have also been times where I’ve read one line out loud and closed the book! Have you ever read a one liner that just bowled you over like a freight train with the AHA moment-ness you’ve been searching for? They’re few and far between, but when they happen they are worthy of opening space to fully soak them up.
I wonder if, when we buy our land and build our dream home, we’ll continue to read together outside on our patio overlooking our great big yard. I bet we will. Perhaps though, the stories will have been written by us here that we will be re-reading to remind us of where we’ve been and how we got to where we’re going.