This is a guest post by Paige Morrow Kimball with Kathleen Keagy
I met my romantic partner, my husband, 15 years ago. But I wasn’t quite done. I’ve always wanted to meet my creative and business partner. It finally happened…in the place I least expected.
Kathleen and I met when we volunteered to work the prize booth at our daughters’ school festival. I noticed she was polite and political, listening before interjecting her ideas. I liked her. And I liked her ideas. And I liked that she liked my ideas.
We were both moms who had left careers to take on motherhood. And now we were finding our way back. We got along easily. Her strengths were my weaknesses. She knew how to see the big, big picture and at the same time easily navigated the smallest business details. I knew how to reach out to people and use my creative resources to get it done. Our booth was a smash hit!
Kathleen and I had found a creative partner in each other. She had a goal to form a company, PrimeImpulse, that would support artists creating new work. I had a creative project, a film, that needed support. We were a mommy match made in heaven!
Now we are moving full steam ahead on our first (well, second if you count the school fair) project together. It’s a short film about starting over in the middle called “Ending Up.” The cool thing is that we were able to create a project that is a passion for both of us. And a project that supports other women on the cusp of and into their forties. (And we get to do it all with our children playing together in the background!)
Sometimes you just need someone to believe in you, to see your strengths and to think that what you’re doing is worthwhile. Someone who, by matching their talents with yours, makes you better. Now that I have this partnership, I wish it for all my friends.
So the next time you are asked to volunteer at school, keep an eye peeled. Because you just never know when and where that match will show up.
If you’d like to learn more about our film, check out the “Ending Up” website or like us on Facebook for all the latest news. And if you are interested in supporting our mom-powered partnership, visit our Kickstarter page and make a pledge to support our film.