“I call this meeting to order,” Pete says, bending over to give me a quick kiss. My gaze follows him as he settles into the deck chair beside me.
“And this meeting is a topless one, I see!” I commented at the sight of his bare chest. He looked over at me expectantly with an eyebrow raised, obviously waiting for me to follow his trend and remove my tank top. I only laugh and instead grab my notepad, poised to begin our weekly meeting.
I wiggle my bare toes freely, and pull my feet up to sit cross- legged on my deck chair.
“Ooh, look, there’s the hummingbird!” I say, pointing to the tiny bird as it hovers above the brilliant red flower, repeatedly dipping it’s beak in for nourishment. “He’s been hanging around here a lot lately.” Pete and I watch admiringly in silence.
A quick gust of wind grabs my loose paper and carries it to the other side of our open patio. Pete retrieves it, and anchors the paper on the thick railing with his recently emptied beer bottle. In the distance, the same strong wind causes heavy waves to crash against the reef, providing the serene anthem for our meeting.
“So, I guess we need to decide what to do next…three months left on this house sit. We can extend, we can head home to Canada for the summer. What about a house sit in Europe? Oh, and I came across a cool opportunity to teach English at summer camps in Korea…” We begin to discuss just some of the possibilities before us.
Gecko’s chirp and the warm sun beats down as we continue to tick off the items of our meeting. Questions about upcoming blog posts, guest spots and changes to the website are all quickly decided on. Before the meeting is to be adjourned, manageable to-do lists are crafted for the upcoming week. And more beer is polished off.
“Now, to the beach?” Pete asks, leaving the patio without waiting for my obvious answer.
Lovely! And don’t forget the lack of awful acronyms and biz-speak in your new life. The only “deliverables” we worry about now come from a friendly waiter!
Deliverables – ACK! Haven’t heard that word in a loooong time…. 🙂
Love this post. I swear I’m reaching my quota of hearing the word ‘tag-up’ at work. I told Jack that whatever it is we call our ‘meetings’ during our trips… shindig, powow, even meeting itself… let’s not use the word ‘tag-up’ or I’ll explode.
Never heard ‘tag-up’!! That’s what all the cool business folk are sayin’ nowadays I guess?? Glad I got out before that one! Haha! 🙂
Such a visual piece! Much prefer beach meetings over the standard.
Thanks Christine! And yes, the beach meetings are much better!
Goodness Dalene, but you truly do have a knack for getting to the heart of the matter – nicely done!
Thanks again Dyanne! 🙂
As I get ready to go to bed on another weekday night, mentally trying to prepare myself for the next day of work, this post has really struck a chord with me. OK, I’f I’m honest, I maybe even welled up a little.. But just because I am currently on the beige-walled, pinchy-shoe side of the world right now and I can’t wait to be living a life which feels more like ‘me’. I don’t even have too long to wait anymore, but I resent every minute I spend in my cubicle with the headset against my ear staring at a computer screen. It’s always so inspiring to read about anyone who is already living the life I want, it makes it feel so much more achievable. Thanks!
I’m so glad Sarah (not about the making you well up part!), but that you are breaking free soon! I know exactly your feelings, staring at those cubicle walls, and while I know it was a necessary time in my life, I sincerely hope I never have to go back to that.
There is nothing worse then the struggle to be “me”. But the end goal is definitely achievable! Can’t wait to read about you reaching yours… 😉
Heineken??!, are you sure you don’t miss the Dutch mafia just a little bit 😉 Xx su amiga Holandesa
(mailing from the beige-walled – though pimped with travel pictures -side of the world)
Haha – that was a little shout-out to you my friend! (I don’t think we can actually get Heineken here, took that picture in Uruguay I believe!) 🙂
Ah, even if I am broke, I do not miss those meetings. 😀
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I’m with you on that!!
Great meeting… No doughnuts? Lol 🙂
Hey Jeff, nope no donuts at this one. But we did have some pan de elote (corn bread). So delicious!!!
I prefer the second meeting for me thanks!
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Unsure which one is the “second”? Enjoy whichever one it is! 🙂
Love the way you have written this. Cannot beat a beach meeting.
Thanks Caz! Each time we meet on the patio, we can’t help but reflect on the meetings we used to go to. I decided I had to write about it!
No, I have just been reminded of the meetings we used to have in the UK. Next steps, action plans and all that b*******. I like my solo meetings now, on the balcony with a cold bottle of Efes. cheers!
Sorry to bring up the dreadful reminder! But it’s fun to compare where you are now, no? 🙂
Some really great imagery here. It reminds me of the beginning of the Monty Python film with the Crimson Assurance guys that switch back and forth between rowing a ship and doing work. Ugh so similar.
I want out of my job again now too. I did it once and moved across the sea to start a new life and it worked, but now 3 years on I feel trapped in a job again. The difference now is the desire to actually stay here and a visa to support somehow.
Thanks for these images. 🙂
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Monty Python!! Haha, I never thought of that. Awesome.
Good luck in the job search, I’m sure it will all work out as it should! You did it once, it can be done again I am sure… 🙂
I love you guys and hate you at the same time! LOL
Awesome theme for the post, I love it.
Nothing beats a meeting that ends with a swim….
I’m so happy I never worked in a corporate atmosphere with meetings like this. Gotta love small businesses.
Great imagery in this post. Scott and I don’t have meetings for our blog. Are we slackers? 🙂
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Yes, you should be happy never to have worked in that atmosphere! It has it’s plusses, but, well…the negatives are many as well.
Slackers – as if! Whatever you guys are/aren’t doing seems to work just fine! 🙂