The past eight years building this business together has been incredible. I have learned so much and done things I never would have dared to do on my own, like exhibiting at the National Stationery Show in our first real year of business! It. Was. Crazy. NSS is the biggest tradeshow in our industry and creating an 80 square foot booth from scratch and on a budget was no small feat. But Carrie's can-do-anything attitude and my tendency to overpack you-never-know-we-might-need-this supplies made it work. We had everything but the kitchen sink that year and we made fast friends with neighboring booths who had forgotten a screwdriver or ran out of packing tape. Even more than the tools and supplies though, it was Carrie's warmth and friendliness that drew other exhibitors to the pony booth. If you've ever met Carrie, you know exactly what I mean.
When I look back at all those years, the one thing I miss the most is not Carrie's fantastic design skills or ability to pretty much make anything out of anything (MacGyver's got nothin' on her!), but her presence. Next to having a spouse or a child, having a business partner can be one of the most intense but rewarding relationships. You have to trust, respect and listen to one another and always know that you are in it together. I couldn't have asked for a better partner... or friend.
xo, Laurie Pony