Several years ago, I was hanging on by a thread keeping this blog going. I was overwhelmed, and having serious thoughts of calling it quits. When out of the blue, I get an email. “I heard you might be looking for help,” it started. Funny, I hadn’t remembered sharing that out loud or online – anywhere. Who was this person that was able to read my mind? I was definitely intrigued.
She then introduced herself, said she already had experience working with a blog similar to mine, and would I consider bringing her on to help with The Coupon Project? After some quick contemplation (really, it wasn’t much, because at this point I was already impressed!), I agreed. I’m going to say a bit more on this in a bit – but – the decision to make Laura part of the team was the absolute best decision I’ve ever made in the course of this blog. No, this is absolutely not an exaggeration! So you can imagine my joy last week when my family and I rolled into Minnesota and I got to give Laura an “in real life” hug for the very first time. And let me tell you, this girl gives the best hugs! I consider her a very good friend, so it was so surreal being able to finally chat with her in person after these years. Side note – Laura lights up the room and has this infectious laugh that just makes you smile. She’s the kind of person I’d have over all the time, if only she lived closer! This was such a special moment in my life that I wanted to share it with you. I also thought it would be good to take the time to let her know how deeply grateful I’ve been all these years for her help.
Here are some of the many things Laura does well.
She’s impeccably detailed. There’s detail-oriented and then there’s Laura’s version of detail-oriented. I would be really, really hard pressed to think of a time I’ve ever found a typo or error of any sort in one of Laura’s posts. EVER. Do you realize how incredible that is, after the hundreds of posts she’s crafted over the years? (And people: she’s got 5 kids at home!) In fact, Laura has even found errors in my posts and gone back to correct them, all without being asked. The result of this means she’s someone I can count on to get the job done right the first time, every time.
She just figures stuff out. This girl does not need any hand holding, whatsoever. One of the things that has impressed me most is her understanding of our geographic region. Without being asked, she figured out the major parks, attractions, and happenings in the greater Puget Sound Region. With this information, she has compiled many regional posts such as our Halloween Events, Consignment Events, When to Visit Seattle Museums for Free, Pacific Northwest Getaways and many more. I love that she also has this ability to see a need, and just take care of it.
She’s flexible. When I come up with some hairbrained idea for the blog, she’ll roll with it. Or then later when I change my mind, she’ll roll with that too. I’m constantly shifting things around, and this girl never complains. I love that she shares her opinions and thoughts, and these are always appreciated because she sometimes thinks of things I hadn’t considered. She’s not afraid to try new things, or to scrap the way we did things a year ago.
She’s dependable. Laura has saved the day too many times for me to count… whether I was going through a sickness, had bad WiFi on a vacation, or an unexpected setback, she’s been there. She’s texted me over the holidays to let me know if my website was down. If I’ve asked for her help on a blog post, I know I’d never need to follow up, because it would be taken care of. So many times I’ve thought of ideas for posts, only to find she’s started the post already and it’s in draft mode. Ever since that first email, I swear this gal knows how to just read my mind. It’s uncanny.
Laura, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for reaching out to me! I’m so honored to have you here at The Coupon Project all these years. Thank you for all the time and effort you’ve invested in this community and all the readers you’ve helped over the years. I’m so blessed to call you my friend and can’t wait to give you another “in real life” hug.