“If you don’t want to come that’s fine,” he continued, “but I’d appreciate the sacrifice.” Bill was right, and in the end, I went to Chicago. We both knew that the one weekend I’d miss would somehow make taking two weekends off OK, and then maybe three down the road … and that’s where we’d start to dissolve as a team. And let’s face it: I really miss Bill when our lives get too harried and individual, and we don’t have time to connect because of work. Romantic Work Perks • Date night means front row at the Emmys! • Bill’s frequent-flier miles yield first-class upgrades to Rome, the Canary Islands, St. Tropez … • A work trip to New York doubles as a mini-vacay. Dinner and Broadway shows, here we come. • Filming our reality show, Giuliana & Bill, ensures we see each other more often than not. Bill: The importance of each of us liking our careers is one of our big life values—right up there with being good people, celebrating holidays with family, and teaching our kids to respect their elders. We believe in a hard day’s work, feel it’s necessary to personal satisfaction, enjoy when the other person achieves, and offer help when one of us faces a professional setback. It sounds old-fashioned, but these are all a big part of who we are. Although our work can be exhausting, it helps that we feel the same way about our careers because it shows we’re on the same page and equally supportive of our mutual goals, and I don’t think it will be a topic that causes conflict down the road. However, it’s still important to keep an eye on how we’re both faring at work, since having a family someday could change our priorities and throw off all that striving for a work-life balance. I think we understand each other’s hopes, dreams, concerns, and disappointments well enough to know we can handle any big change that comes our way—career or otherwise.