First of all, I’ve followed your reinvention and I have to say I’m so proud of you and all that you are doing. I saw your Sweet Retreats teasers and think you will be great for something like that. Interestingly enough, this is sort of a travel-relationship kind of question.
My family has booked a big ski weekend in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to go. The only problem is my brother just started dating one of my co-workers, well more specifically, my immediate supervisor. She’s not a bad woman but she tends to be a bit on the prickly side. My fear is that my family is very outgoing and fun-loving and I’m the same way, just not at work. I’ve kept my distance from parties and get-togethers and would like to keep it that way.
I don’t know this woman well and am a little unsure of what to do next. Should I let her know now that I’d like to keep my private life private? Do I need to watch what I say around her? Should I ask my brother not to bring her? Should I just say nothing and relax?
I don’t want to ruin this trip for anyone in my family, but my work reputation means a lot to me. Help!
Signed, Snow Bunny in Hell
When I was a kid one of my mother’s favorite things to say to me (which, in turn, has become one of the favorites to say to my own kids) is, “Don’t borrow trouble” and right now, you’re in overdraft. Slow down, take a deep breath and let’s walk through this, shall we? Here’s what I would do if I were you.