Ep. #3 Our First Work Day in Seattle
Sisters, friendship, goals, chatter. These four words seem to capture our “First Work Day” episode.
So much of this podcast is bringing our friendship and life to you all. Sharing this part of the journey felt important to both of us, as it was the first time we were physically together after committing to the Truth Talk Podcast. Until this point, the planning and workflow was all via telephone and text. So, joining forces in person allowed us to brainstorm and have some fun!
The weekend also happened to fall on one of the notorious “night shift” stretches for Heath. If you’re still getting to know us, my background is in medicine but I am currently home with our four little kids. My husband, Heath, is almost finished with second year of residency at University of Washington, which means an erratic schedule and and abundance of night shifts. We have tried to frame night shift in a positive light, because the simple truth is that we will forever deal with night shifts to some extent in the world of anesthesia. Heath is notoriously positive and tries hard to focus on the “bright side” or “silver lining”. For example, the silver lining of night shift is that he can often spend a few hours with us in the afternoon before he heads off to the hospital.
For me? It’s been really hard to find any type of silver lining. In contrast to Heath, I tend to analyze and find the flaws in the system before ultimately deciding that there are pros and cons to each situation.
And, I struggle on night shift to find any type of “pro”. We are all more tired, cranky, stressed and it tends to isolate us from one another in our relationship. Emma voices several similar sentiments with having a husband who works long hours on the ranch, without necessarily having a predictable schedule.
Despite all of this, Emma was able to escape, and headed to Seattle Saturday to hang for the afternoon and celebrate Charlotte’s birthday. (Charlotte is Heath and Andrea’s second child). Connor and Natalie were able to join, along with Heath’s mom, Betsy. Heath had dinner and then left for the OR…
The weather in Seattle surprised all of us.
What started out as a gloomy forecast turned into a lovely weekend with lots of sunshine and capacity to take both indoor AND outdoor photos during our work session!
Thank you, Seattle!
Emma and I left West Seattle on Sunday early afternoon, met with her super-talented photographer friend Katie (check her out right here!) who snapped photos of us for our website imagery!
Yes, the Truth Talk website is now up and running!
But, a pretty significant barrier to this launch was the lack of updated photos! You guys, working together on this podcast has really reconnected us. We are taking the time to meet, play and talk. We both have very full lives, but this has become a priority and taking those photos was pretty special. A highlight for me was watching Emma approach the staff at Anthropologie, handing them a business card and asking if we can do an impromtu photo session in their store. Talk about taking it there! Ha! It worked out perfectly, and we were able to capture photos in our favorite store.
Later, we found a gorgeous outdoor corridor with very little foot traffic and lots of greenery. We finished the photos in this spot, and everything came together nicely! We then headed over for some snacks and a delicious IPA (thank you, Aslan Brewing for making such delicious beer!).
This recording shares tidbits about our day, along with other Truth Talk that hopefully will brighten your day. Juggling work, family and relationships can be difficult. You are NOT alone!