In the midst of turmoil, love came to town in the most amazing, unexpected way. I had been working at a rehabilitation center coaching and leading groups. The owners called me in to a meeting to talk about their vision and moving forward. They were importing their nephew from England to work at the center, lead groups and create an identity program. I was told said nephew was a leader for Anthony Robbins, and a long list of his pompous accomplishments, and we would work nicely together. I had a vision of this obnoxious Britt invading my comfy space I had created at work, and changing the atmosphere from a loving, peaceful environment to a ra-ra freak show, Tony Robbins-esque. I was not excited.
A few weeks went by and I had completely forgotten about the nephew, caught up in my own drama and happily moving forward in my new life. I was in my office, it was a Friday morning and I had just finished coaching a client. There was a knock at my door, and in walks Molena with her nephew from England. I nearly froze. I’m pretty sure my jaw was on the ground, as a combination of Tom Cruise and 007 introduced himself to me as Lee, the nephew. I believe I didn’t even filter myself. I said something like, “THIS is your nephew?” He was the most gorgeous man I had ever laid eyes on, and on top of his charm he had a British accent. I got up from my desk to shake his hand. Our eyes locked and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. I might have been drooling. We had a quick chat, and at the end of our tete-a-tete, he asked me for a six-second hug. I nearly melted as his strong arms wrapped around me. Molena forgot to mention that her nephew was a personal trainer as well, so those arms were strong and well defined. Yum.
I remember I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face for the rest of the day. I was floating on a cloud. How in the world was I supposed to work with this guy? Was she kidding? She forgot to mention that he was drop-dead gorgeous, had been studying personal growth since he was a teen, so we could actually have an inspiring conversation, incredibly well read, kind, and had a similar vision as me. Small details in the big picture.
I don’t think I wiped the smile off my face for at least two weeks. I had a constant grin hoping I wouldn’t end up looking like the joker. My now uncle, Phil tells a very funny story of a slow motion love story every time we locked eyes coming in and out of the elevator. I literally felt as if I was in a dream.
We were both very busy at the center and one day decided to go for coffee after work to get to know one another, as we had intended on doing groups together. Coffee turned into a full evening as we were never at a loss for words. It seemed to me this meeting had a Divine plan.
Within the next year we were married. My now husband Lee had never been married before, and my mom calls me Elizabeth Tayor. Read between the lines. I believe in love, marriage and not letting difficult relationships get in the way of following your heart. And my heart said yes to this beautiful man, and I am very happy. We still work together. We even share an office. Many of our clients and co-workers ask us how we spend so much time together and still enjoy each-other’s company. Well, we love the same things, have the same vision in our own unique way, and coaching together just works. Oh…and we communicate. That’s a big one. We both strive to be the healthiest version of ourselves, and I believe that is the key. We’re not afraid to speak our truth and look at ourselves, even when it hurts. It is meant to be, I do know that for sure.