Have you ever had or sought out a business partner? 10 years ago, I partnered up with my twin brother Garrett (this isn't him, that's my boo Brendan), to build our first company together.⠀
I like to say that "if you can share a womb, you can share a business" because while he and I still remain not 'close' in the traditional sense, we work tremendously well together.⠀
Why? Because we have trust that dates back to being in utero, and more so, because our skills, gifts, and personalities are opposite and complementary. He's a true operator and I'm a true builder and connector. Together, they work great!⠀
It's tempting to choose a partner who is like you. But, I've found that it's much more fruitful to align yourself with someone who both likes to do and is good at the stuff that you don't prefer and doesn't come as naturally to you.⠀
What's been your experience with business partnership? ...
We launch a company today. There’s no one else in this world I could do this with. Thank you for jumping head first into my wild idea @annavatuone. There’s nothing like living together, debt, stretching 20 bucks as far as it can go, working 16 hour days, 3 hour commutes and fighting about colors at midnight that is more binding to a couple co-founders. Thank God our 15 year friendship is still intact, cuzzzz we just officially upgraded to marriage, baby. | @eventhollow | photo by: @blue_note_weddings | ...
I did a session for a couple this morning & was so moved by the way human design helps to create empathy & understanding for how those around us operate.
we are all so different & that’s the magic. in human design, there are 2 billion unique designs — and the joy for me is in continuously discovering how differently those around me are designed to operate. now that I know how my partner best makes decisions, I get to create space & support him in his unique process rather than wishing it was any different.
whether it’s a with a co-founder, romantic partner, best friend, parent — it can be such a relief to understand the mechanics beneath it all & understand how we are each designed to operate differently. rather than becoming frustrated by our differences, we can begin to revere them ✨
if you’re curious to dig more into your dynamic with a partner, co-founder, friend, dm me ⭐️ ...
When we put ourselves out there, magic happens.
As many of you know, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with @BrianAndreas for the past year and half. A true gift after following his work for more than two decades. And an opportunity that unfolded because I attended one of the writing workshops he led along with his partner Fia and invited them to Maine to do a workshop. Little did I know that they would ultimately offer me a job and move to Maine for a year.
Well, the universe had even more in store. Earlier this year, Brian asked if I wanted to start my own company and license his work for wholesale. I’d been heading up our wholesale efforts already, and this would give Brian and Fia more time in the studio creating, writing, and doing workshops. I knew two things immediately:
1. I wanted to do this.
2. I wanted to do it with my friend @Jesch 30.
Jess and I met about a decade ago and have been scheming a way to work together for a few years. She’s brilliant and fun, loves Brian’s work too, and is an amazing artist. And she said yes! #Cofounders
So on Valentine’s day, we incorporated. We are SHINEBOLT, the sole wholesale provider of Brian’s work, partnering with fabulous shops and galleries across the country like @Abacus right here in our beloved #Maine .
And we’re just getting started. We’re over-the-moon excited to partner with more artists and storytellers we love to shine their bright lights and spread joy in the the world.
I took a leap and landed in a place I never even imagined. It’s a very good place.
Follow us on Instagram @Shineboltstation. We’ll eventually be doing more on Facebook (shineboltstation) and Twitter (@shinebolts ). #shinebolt#shine#art#story#justask#leap#maine#brianandreas#flyingedna#towardsalifeyoulove#wholesale#giftshop#giftstore#gallery#giftgallery#shopsmall#shoplocal#handcrafted#americanmade#prints#cards#gifts#shinelight#spreadjoy#weloveartists#shinebolting ...