Every week I have one hour meetings with several folks at work like my boss, a few student leaders, and graduate assistants. I call these meetings “one-on-ones.”
But I have to admit that my favorite weekly one-on-one is with Carly K. Except there’s a catch: She lives in Columbia, South Carolina.
However, every single week this semester we’ve chatted via Skype or on the phone.
I worked with her for two years at Virginia Tech and she’s currently in her first year of graduate school at the University of South Carolina. We have a ton in common and I absolutely adore her. Here’s our trip earlier this year to Macafee’s Knob.
And at a recent Virginia Tech football game.
She’s a sounding board, beautiful soul, and a thoughtful friend.
But most importantly, she’s been my saving grace.
This semester has been a huge transition for me–Moving to a new city, new campus, new job, new apartment, new everything. Luckily, Carly is experiencing the exact same thing and has been there to listen and encourage me the entire time.
One of the most important things Carly has taught me this year is the concept of “Love Does Time.” I really encourage you to read her blog post here. A topic her and I often discuss is how “busy” people are and how giving your time to someone is one of the best gifts you can give. And not just surface time, but genuine time.
Time is a gift and because of her, I am doing my part to give my time to more people. When someone walks in my office, I stop multi-tasking with my e-mail and have a genuine conversation. I call the people I care about weekly. I hand write notes, often. I don’t text when I’m at the dinner table. It’s these little steps that have helped me understand Love Does Time.
My weekly 60-minutes with Carly is something I look forward to and clear my schedule for. Aren’t we presh?
She’ll probably kill me for that sneak-attack print-screen. Whoops. Love you, Carly K 🙂