We both often find ourselves working with, or for friends. We are actually just coming off of a wedding weekend for two of our dearest friends. I, Ashley, was responsible for the rehearsal dinner and Lily was in charge of capturing the lovely vows and wonderful party through photography. However, Hart & Honey itself is an ongoing collaboration where we get to work on projects together... encourage one another in the daily struggles and celebrate in the small victories. This is serious business!
There is something really sweet that happens when you get to work for, or with, close friends. There is a transparency that is required. A potential apology followed by honest forgiveness..sounds easy, but mix in emotion, fatigue and deadlines and it gets a little messy. Maintaining a real friendship while creating quality work is an art form in itself. It requires a delicate balance of work time vs. friend time.
Think about it...If all of your time spent together is work related, there is a chance you will miss the big things that are going on in the other's life. These things shape one's performance as well as their worldview. Time marked out just to check in with each other, laugh, share a meal or just share what is on your heart is the best thing you can do for your friendship let alone your partnership.
On the flipside, if you fail to set apart the time to work with one another you also fail to encourage the gifts you have been given. Working closely with another creative person sharpens your skills, pushes you to think differently, and encourages you to keep going. It reminds us that we were designed with purpose.
There is a sweetness when both work together to create balance. Our goal is to work hard, get better daily, cry with each other when life is hard; but also to have too many impromptu dance parties, encourage one another to be good wives, mothers and friends and to recognize the blessing of working with those we love. The growth that we are able to witness and encourage in one another is the honey on the top!