One thing incredibly obvious to anyone who has ever met me: I’m insanely close with my cousins.
Call each other several times a week (from three to four different states), have an annual Ladies’ Cousins’ Weekend, bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, pick pumpkins together kind of close. I know that for some families, once the generation reaches adulthood and moves out onto their own, the close relationships “forced” upon us by our parents fade into family reunion pleasantries.
The strange things is that we all lead incredibly different lives: the youngest turned 21 yesterday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RACH!), one is a high school Spanish teacher (and community theater actress) getting married this December, one proudly earned her MBA and is a stay-at-home mom of three amazing boys and one is the owner of Sassy Sweet Treats, a baked goods company that sells the best Chocolate Chunk cookies you’ll ever taste.
And this “Cookie Cousin” (with the awesomely tall bangs in the first photo and sitting to my right in the second) is who I’m thinking of as I post this blog.
Each morning (or perhaps four mornings each week), Jennie and I send a text back and forth, or, if we’re feeling in need of a bit more inspiration, a phone call, with this message: “Wishing you a P&P kind of day!”
P&P stands for Positive & Productive.
As the owner of a small business, those are two things that can make or break your day: not staying positive and losing productivity. And, as the owner of a small business, things can sometimes get in your way. A client doesn’t meet deadline. Payments are late. Meetings take far longer than you’d planned. Or, well, this photo from Jennie late Monday morning…
But here’s my advice: Find your “Jennie.” Find that person who wants to see you succeed, who you want to cheer for, who understands what you’re going through and will help cheer you on when one “P” slips. Someone you can laugh with, someone you can share fantastic news with and someone who wants to share fantastic news with you.
It makes your day a whole lot better.
So, I ask: Who is your “Jennie”… your P&P Partner?