Trust and Partnership

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” —Ernest Hemingway

Trust.  The act of having faith in someone or something out of your control.

At least that’s my personal definition. As a type A personally, you can imagine how incredibly difficult it is to trust other people, especially when it comes to my life’s goal. I’ve gone on and on about my desire to be an entrepreneur and build something great in my lifetime. What I didn’t realize when I embarked on this journey was that without trust, I would be getting nowhere.

It manifests itself in the smallest ways. Whether it’s trusting myself to know that I’m competent or to figure out what taxes and forms I need to fill out. It manifests itself in the biggest ways when you have a $500+ decision to make on last minute flooring because we made the wrong initial decision and we have a time crunch to make it work. But all in all, without it, moving forward with any big life event is impossible.

The Journey

I’ve learned a lot over the past 4 months (and really 3 years) of starting this business. But the biggest lesson so far is that trusting someone else can be incredibly powerful. I brought Anna on from the beginning when I had this idea and we jammed on it at the coffee shop years ago. This past year, she started consulting with me to see if we could really establish something. As time went on, and we began to believe in ourselves, the idea, and mostly each other, something new arouse. Trust.

My New Normal

What partnership looks like IRL for us. 

My life is split between Austin and San Francisco and split between my business dreams and the love of my life (my husband). My biggest fear in diving into a business was if it would tear me apart from my husband. Luckily, my husband’s support and trust has allowed me to get to the launch of my business and we are the happiest we’ve ever been in our relationship together.  And, because of Anna’s trust in me, and her willingness to always incorporate me from afar, I’ve been able to share the control that my type A personality doesn’t naturally allow. I’ve been able to see what a wonderful and intelligent partner I have in business and how our similarities create action and our difference yield innovation. Most of all, for the first time in my life, I’ve found balance that I’ve always craved. I know that if a last minute decision needs to be made she will do the best she can, and as much as I’ve tried to tell myself that in the past, I think I finally truly understand that, all at a time when my entire livelihood is on the line.

Happy Birthday #Badassbosslady!

The takeaway is this….no matter how closed off, or type A you may think you are (and the benefits that detail and intenseness yields in a successful business) it’s incredibly important to trust yourself and others to help move things forward. That trust has already led to the most smooth growth and hiring process I could imagine and the most fun I thought I could have in this journey. So on her birthday, I want to thank my business partner, Anna Fugate-Downs. Who took a chance on me and trusted me to make a real business out of a crazy idea and has supported me throughout. You are a rockstar now and always and together we’ll take over the world! (Or at least help give the confidence and education to the girls who eventually will!). I can’t wait to see where the rest of this crazy journey takes us.