For those of you who haven’t heard “our story”…it’s an amazing one!
For nearly two years, I’ve been working on writing a book and building a brand with close friend and business partner, Leah Speer. I’ve never met Leah in person to date. Never, ever. It was actually an amazing act of God that we even got to meet virtually. I was finishing up my latest writing assignment when I got an email from my teacher, published author Carole Bellacera. She’d mentioned her daughter Leah to me several times; we have children close to the same age and therefore were going through many of the same things as moms. She told me in the email that Leah had an idea on a book that contained a collection of mommy stories, and I should contact her as we could possibly collaborate together.
I was a bit nervous contacting someone I’d never met, but I had a feeling in my gut and I followed it, emailing her right away. I told her my genuine interest in her idea (which was brilliant, like most of her ideas) and asked if she’d be interested in partnering up. We’d never seen eachother’s work, we didn’t know much about the other (other than the fact we were both moms), and that day, we agreed to become partners. Sound crazy? We didn’t think so!
That was March of 2010. We wrote stories and edited stories and argued about the perfect way a sentence should read. We never walked away from a disagreement without compromising and both coming up with a solution, diplomatically. We cut stories we loved because we knew they weren’t right or the other person didn’t love them. We got up early, and stayed up late. We met via skype, and talked on the phone as much as possible with young toddlers ruling the house. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had a “business” meeting with Leah and ended it laughing so hard I cried. Even when we try to be serious and get down to business, it’s still a total blast.
Leah is a marketing genius, and is coming up with ideas daily that never cease to amaze me. I have a bit of experience in the business world; and have learned from past mistakes and successes so I try to contribute those to our business. Our Brand. We’re both high-energy people, which I believe brings out the best in someone because it’s inspiring to see that excitement, that drive in another human being. When one of us is down, the other is there to pick them up. Together, we make one amazing team. We call the shots, we make the decisions. We are soley responsible for our success, for the success of one another. And that’s a responsibility we take pride in.
I joke it’s like a marriage. My friend Amber brought it up one day when I was trying to explain our union. It’s like, sometimes we love what the other person’s idea is. Sometimes, we hate it. But ultimately, we are in this for the long haul and have a true commitment to one another. That is what a real partnership is. It’s not about always being right or always getting your way. It’s about bringing the best out in someone and letting them bring the best out of you. It’s about combining your ideas that alone may make a pretty peice of art; but together – a unique masterpiece.
I could’ve been placed with a number of teachers. But, I was assigned to Carole, Leah’s mom. Leah could have decided to keep the idea about the book to herself, but she didn’t. She shared it with her mom. Carole could have ignored the inkling to share Leah’s idea with me and suggest I contact her. I could have gotten busy, and not contacted Leah, or…she could have told me no. And of course, along this two year journey, we could’ve given up. That would been the easy way, because success is hard work. It doesn’t come easy. But…we didn’t. And we won’t. And we will…we will continue on, until we accomplish our goals. Join us on our journey! We’re excited to have you along for the ride. ~Trina
P.S. Stay tuned…Must.Have.Wine. 81 Reasons Mommies Should Pour That Glass Tonight is in the final stages of publication!