Do you have an opinion about Valentine’s Day? {My husband thinks it always falls on a Tuesday and this year, he’s right!} I know there are some who dread it, some who adore it, and some who just say “meh.” I totally understand all of those reactions, but I’ve got to tell you that it’s an incredibly special day for my family.

Do you have an opinion about Valentine’s Day? {My husband thinks it always falls on a Tuesday and this year, he’s right!} I know there are some who dread it, some who adore it, and some who just say “meh.” I totally understand all of those reactions, but I’ve got to tell you that it’s an incredibly special day for my family. My husband Phil and I were married right around Valentine’s Day {February 18, to be exact}, so this holiday will forever be surrounded by sweet memories for me {and maybe a few thoughts of the crazy last-minute wedding prep, too!}.

This week is our fifth wedding anniversary, and today I wanted to take a step back from the normal “Valentine’s Day” message and share with you a few of the leadership qualities that make my man so inspiring.

When I think about the leadership traits I admire most in my husband, there are two things that come to mind almost immediately {Honesty time: I’ve been sitting here trying to do this letter justice, and I know my words won’t be enough, so I hope you can hear my heart in these}.

My husband is a true prayer warrior. Not many people know this about Phil, but he often wakes up in the early hours of the morning {think 4 a.m.} to spend time earnestly interceding for those in need. He praises God, he prays for our family, and he spends intentional time in prayer for his staff. Phil is so humble, he’d never share this about himself, but it’s a part of his character that makes me fall more and more in love with him every passing year. The thing about Phil is, he knows who he is and whose he is, and he consistently points others toward the One who can help more than he ever could.

Do you have an opinion about Valentine’s Day? {My husband thinks it always falls on a Tuesday and this year, he’s right!} I know there are some who dread it, some who adore it, and some who just say “meh.” I totally understand all of those reactions, but I’ve got to tell you that it’s an incredibly special day for my family.

Phil cares deeply about people. He prays hard, and he prays often. Because of this, I know that when Phil comes to me with something on his heart about our life, our family, or my business, it’s not just part of his own agenda. Any significant request he makes of me or our family has been taken before the Lord in prayer. So when Phil leads, I know I’m following not just him, but the Lord.

My husband is intentional in building relationships. He doesn’t expect them to flourish without effort. Phil pours his time and energy into nurturing his friendships and his family. And he’s rewarded for that.

You wouldn’t believe the number of phone calls that Phil gets from people seeking advice, asking for help with their problems, or who just need a listening ear. I’m amazed at how he’s able to give each of these people his full and focused time and attention.

I’ve been thinking lately about how I can be a better leader in my own business this year {with a team of fourteen and growing, there’s new challenges and exciting opportunities to step up daily}, and I’m taking some lessons from my husband.

Do you have an opinion about Valentine’s Day? {My husband thinks it always falls on a Tuesday and this year, he’s right!} I know there are some who dread it, some who adore it, and some who just say “meh.” I totally understand all of those reactions, but I’ve got to tell you that it’s an incredibly special day for my family.

I’m committed to praying daily for my business and to being intentional in serving my clients. I’m committed to lifting my team and our clients up in prayer and to offering my clients everything that they need to build their own successful businesses. This is the heart around our design & ads agency, and why I’ve built out multiple self-study courses, in addition to offering done-for-you services and surrounding myself with the best team! I know I’m here to serve, and I don’t take this responsibility lightly.

If I can be the type of leader in my business that Phil is for our family, I’ll be doing amazingly well... I’m so grateful that I have such a wonderful example of leadership to follow!

XOXO,

Rachel

P.S. Who has been a strong leader in your own life? What qualities does he or she exhibit that inspire you?

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