Guess who just finished their master’s degree?? No, not me. My awesome husband Jason did! When you read about our Enneagram personality types you’ll understand how we managed to balance the busyness of life while pursuing our passions.
Jason has been hard at work over the past few years working on his master’s degree in Exercise Science while balancing his teaching career, personal training, youth ministry and being an awesome husband. Jason is extremely positive, enthusiastic and caring. He genuinely wants to help people become the best version of themselves physically, mentally and spiritually. His education has helped him gain a deeper understanding of how to care for his students and clients better. Jason is able to look at their posture and know what exercises they need. He can help a student athlete increase their speed and boost their confidence. He can also write a mean research paper that will knock your socks off. Among other skills of course.
Now what does this have to do with our Enneagram Personality types? Well, I’m glad you asked. According to the Enneagram institute we are a goal-oriented pair. I definitely was not surprised when I read our compatibility results.
I am an Enneagram One, which is a Reformer (aka “Perfectionist”). Jason is an Enneagram Three, which is an Achiever. According to our results, we are self-disciplined and have good work habits. We enjoy planning and organizing our lives and making one another proud. Yup. That’s us. Enneagram Ones help Threes to be more realistic and Threes help Ones not to be so perfectionistic. This means that I help Jason not give all of his money away to every homeless person he saw in D.C. because they probably had a good heart. And Jason helps me realize when I’m being too critical of myself . We are both persistent, concerned with excellence and want to make a difference in the world.
Now I’ll give you a picture of what a normal evening looks like in our household. After dinner we change into comfortable clothes, let the bunnies out of their cages to play and head to our work stations. Jason sits on his side of our large L-shaped couch with his tablet and I sit cross legged on the other side of the couch with my laptop. Up until this week, Jason spent hours writing research papers, listening to lectures and memorizing muscles and bones. While I sit to his left editing pictures, listening to business podcasts and photography education. We routinely look at the clock around the same time and say, “We should go to bed”. But then continue to work, waiting for the other person to make the first move. Finally, someone cracks when they starting nodding off in front of their screen and close their computer.
I’m thankful that we can pursue our dreams sitting side by side and have a mutual understanding of the other spouses goals. I’m extremely grateful for a spouse who supports me and loves me unconditionally.
Jason, I’m extremely proud of you! Everything you do, you do in excellence. You are the kindest, most self-less person that I know. I think it’s cute when you geek out talking about muscle fibers. I love watching your face light up when your explain how you prayed for someone and when your clients hit their goals. Congrats on completing your masters! I’m so excited for you!