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Life is a delicate balancing act, where our personal and professional spheres intertwine to shape our overall well-being. As an employee, I’m incredibly fortunate to work for a company like ThreeWill that understands the importance of supporting its employees beyond the confines of the (mostly virtual) office. Recently, I had the opportunity to chaperone my daughter Lillian’s second-grade field trip to the New Echota State Historic Site, and it was a delightful experience that reminded me of the importance of thriving both at work and at home.

Discovering the Past

Accompanied by Ranger Kevin, our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, we embarked on a journey through time at the New Echota State Historic Site. The site, nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of Georgia, served as the capital of the Cherokee Nation during the early 19th century. It was a captivating blend of nature, history, and a chance for me to be an active participant in my daughter’s education.

As we strolled through the grounds, Ranger Kevin skillfully brought history to life, engaging our young explorers and adults alike. One of the highlights was witnessing a demonstration of an actual printing press—a marvel of technology during that era. Lillian’s eyes sparkled with curiosity as she observed the intricate process of transforming words into inked imprints on paper. We learned how newspapers were printed, and it sparked discussions about the evolution of communication over time. My favorite fact was when Ranger Kevin pointed out that the reason we call capitalized letters “uppercase” is because the capital letters used in a printing press were, quite literally, kept in the “upper drawer” of their storage case.

The New Echota Historic Site boasted an array of restored buildings that offered a glimpse into the lives of the Cherokee people. Walking through the council house, where important decisions were made, and the Supreme Court building, where justice prevailed. Ranger Kevin put on a mock trial for the kids in which my daughter sued a classmate over the theft of her Atlanta United jacket. (I never knew my daughter was the litigious type 😉 )

The Importance of Thriving at Home and Work

As we concluded our educational journey, it dawned on me how fortunate I am to work for ThreeWill—a company that values the well-being of its employees not just within the office walls but also in their personal lives. By granting me the flexibility to take time off and be present with my daughter, ThreeWill reinforced the idea that our work is more than just a job; it’s about supporting our employees as they navigate life’s multifaceted challenges.

Thriving at work and at home are interconnected aspects of our lives, and employers have a crucial role to play in nurturing this harmony. When employers understand and support their employees’ personal aspirations, be it by attending a field trip or participating in community initiatives, it fosters a sense of fulfillment and gratitude that spills over into the workplace. By recognizing the value of family, personal growth, and community involvement, employers empower their employees to bring their best selves to work.

It Starts at Home

The New Echota field trip was not only an opportunity for Lillian and me to explore history together, but it also served as a reminder of the importance of thriving in all areas of life. ThreeWill’s support in allowing me to be present for such meaningful experiences reinforces the notion that employers can positively impact their employees’ lives beyond the confines of the office. When employers begin embracing a holistic approach that prioritizes an employee’s entire well-being…that’s when we all start thriving.


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