Its better to have a partner than go it alone.
Throughout the past seven or eight years, my art has mostly been a personal journey for me, a way to grow closer to Christ and experience the joy of creating. Although my art has been available for purchase since the beginning of my scripture painting journey, I have put little effort into the marketing and business side of it.
With three young girls at home, I found little time to paint, so in my free moments painting most often won out over marketing. In the past couple of years though, as my girls have grown, I have sensed God carrying me into a new season with my art and into building some sort of company around my art. So last Spring I set up a website, attended the Southern Coterie conference in Charleston, learned lots about marketing on social media, branding, and all sorts of things that make up an online business. And then, I set out to build a business with my artwork and prints.
To be honest, I found the process much more difficult than I had imagined and felt as if I was on a hamster wheel going nowhere. I was also going through treatment for Lyme disease at the time and barely had the energy to care for my family much less build a thriving business.
In the height of my frustration and exhaustion, I sat down to read the Message Bible, flipped it open, and came across these verses,
“Why am I working like a dog, never having any fun? And who cares?” More smoke. A bad business. It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped
I was prepared for God to tell me to lay it all down, to give up, to stop running on the Instagram hamster wheel, but instead, through his word, He simply told me to “get a partner.” So months later, He gave me my husband as a business partner, and then led us to Jess and Nick Connolly. We feel incredibly blessed to have formed this partnership and we are praying that the way we work together will be a beautiful picture of the body of Christ operating in its different gifts.