What does an egalitarian marriage look like? I didn’t know that Bill & Sarah Woolsey would illustrate this so beautifully, but in this episode, they share about the give and take to make both of their dreams a reality. Their story includes navigating a serious illness only a year into marriage, putting together the puzzle of identifying their career paths, and a hard lesson about the importance of staying connected and moving towards each other.
Sarah is the brainchild behind The Impact Guild, a co-working space united around the idea of work engaging with the community. She is a social entrepreneur, passionate about the intersection of faith and work.
Bill recently left another law practice to start his own law office in partnership with his father. And since recording this podcast, they have welcomed another baby girl to their family.
Definitely in the thick of growing their family and businesses, they share some ways they intentionally work on their marriage in this season. Their story reminds us that it is possible to have a life-giving relationship while building your business.
Mentioned in this episode:
The Impact Guild: https://www.theimpactguild.com
Typology, a podcast by Ian Cron (https://www.typologypodcast.com) “a podcast that explores the mystery of the human personality and how we can use the Enneagram typing system as a tool to become our most authentic selves.”
4:07 Met in 6th grade, dating, marriage
5:46 What did they want to be when they grew up? Neither had clear direction
11:04 Took off on motorcycle after college, stayed in Boulder
15:12 Wanted meaningful work, back to Texas, Residential Foster Care
16:34 Bill becomes very ill, no clear diagnosis, bonding time for marriage
21:12 Both start new jobs. Bill goes to law school. Sarah gaining experience that led to interest in social enterprise–The Impact Guild launched
31:16 Did Bill know Sarah was an entrepreneur? Does he see himself as an entrepreneur?
35:16 Seasons in their marriage, taking turns to achieve their dreams
43:15 Talking about work at home, understanding each other’s work stresses, healthy communication, “circle up”
51:09 Healthy mentors for their relationship
53:43 hard season, choosing to take steps back toward each other
58:45 navigating conflict
59:24 Have you done any personality type exploration?
1:02:49 What do you do to increase intimacy, fun & friendship in the relationship?
1:07:41 final words of wisdom