My husband Phil and I live in Southern California, not too far from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. For the past few years, Phil has been inviting me to go visit the library but we could never find a good time to go because we have young kids and I wasn’t sure if they would understand or enjoy it. Finally last weekend, we went to the Reagan Library with some fmaily who were in from out of town – and honestly, this sounds like such a nerdy thing to say, but visiting the Reagan Library was one of the best days of my life!
Our newborn baby slept the entire time, and our three older kids really enjoyed the whole experience – and I loved it most of all because of what the Library showed us about the amazing love story between Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
No matter what political party you belong to or where you fall on the political spectrum, I think all Americans would agree that President Reagan and his wife were very much in love with each other.
The couple’s love was central to how Ronald Reagan ran his presidency. Nancy was his muse and inspired him. She helped him achieve great things, and they had a magnificent journey through life that took them from Hollywood to Washington to the Berlin Wall and beyond.
Even when they were living in the White House, surrounded by international luminaries and high-powered people, President Reagan often was happiest to stay in and have a simple dinner with his wife. He preferred her company more than anyone else.
I felt a strong kinship with the Reagans from visiting that library, because I felt like the kind of love that Nancy and Ron had for each other is literally the mirror image of my relationship with my husband Phil and the love we have for one another. I’ve written before about how to run a business when your business partner is also your spouse – it’s not always easy, but for the most part we have a great time!
This past year has presented several challenges and special joys, as we’ve welcomed a new baby while also working to build a growing business here at CorpNet.com. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do – on a personal level or in business – without the love and the belief we have in each other. Just like Ron and Nancy, our belief in each other is what keeps us going through the stresses and strains of running a business, and has actually brought us so much closer as parents, as business partners and as a healthy married couple.
I hope everyone who decides to start a business has a strong network of supportive friends and loved ones – whether you’re married or not, every new business is a labor of love. And if it “takes a village to raise a child,” it also takes “village” of caring people to build a strong business.
Every successful business is a labor of love. Here’s hoping that you can find that same kind of love in your life – both personal and professional.
And next time you’re in Simi Valley, California, I highly recommend a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library – it’s an inspiring and emotionally engrossing educational experience for kids, families and especially for loving couples of all ages.