A Few Things I Have Learned from My IDO Family…

A Few Things I Have Learned from My IDO Family…

By: Lee Boyland When we spend as much time with people as we do our co-workers, we start to learn not just skills pertaining to our career, but also the small stuff – the life stuff that we have adapted as our own. As the holiday season came upon us this year and my family and I were putting up our Christmas tree, I was reminded of some of the small things I have picked up from my co-workers, starting with putting up the tree. During my first holiday season at IDO, Jill and I were putting up the Christmas tree together, and I noticed her branch-fluffing technique. I was fluffing the branches by just spreading them out sideways, and I saw that Jill fluffed her branches in all directions for a more realistic look. So, that has become my branch-fluffing technique as well! As I was fluffing the branches this year, I started to think of other things I have learned from my family-away-from-family: When Jill and her husband Joe came to meet our first born baby a few weeks after he was born, Jill held him for a while as we were visiting. She held him snuggly and swayed with intention, not just lightly. He seemed to love that hold, and that became my soothing hold too. From Amanda/Donna/Julie, I have learned to dabble in couponing. I’ve found coupons and surveys for offers on receipts I never knew were there! 🙂 From Gary, “Six of one; Half dozen of the other,”…a phrase I heard him say so many times but I really stopped to figure out what it meant. My father-away-from-home has also helped me check the oil in my car, add air to my tire and jumpstart a car! From Donna, how to tape a wrapping paper roll so that it doesn’t ruin the roll but it also keeps it from unraveling, and lots of other helpful advice/hacks! Amanda’s sloppy joe recipe, Julie’s egg nog recipe…and the list goes on – if I haven’t included you (IDO’ers),  I just can’t think of anything specific right now 🙂 In writing this blog, I was reminded of our “No Small Thing” video, and that we truly are a family of families – learning from each other, celebrating with each other and riding the waves with each other. In reflection, thank you to my IDO family for all the richness you’ve added to my life. 🙂

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