Haha! You know, I think you need to respect the boundaries between personal and professional. We’ve struggled to do that at times. I certainly haven’t left it at the door. But you learn a lot about each other working in a business together, living together. I think that it’s really being aligned in purpose of the company, and being respectful to the roles that either of you play.
Alexandra’s done a wonderful job in supporting me leading Bluestone Lane, providing injections of inspiration, that core DNA when we need it, when we’re confused. And she also gives me such an incredible sounding board, because she’s still so close to the movement, she can provide those salient messages and views that only someone who really understands the core, the purpose of the brand, and what we stand for. I’m so grateful for that, because I can come home, have a complicated question, a lot of people will try to address it but they won’t understand the influence from the Australian coffee culture, how it translates to the US, and she can decipher that, providing glimpse that have helped the company immensely. She’ll always remain helpful with Bluestone Lane.
And she’s being such a big driver of needing to do something different, providing better quality products, and now looking forwards allergen-free, she’s a big driver of the whole business, and that’s something where it’s small but exciting. And with Tesha, she has a great relationship, which is critical considering Tesha moved from Australia to the States to bring it to life.
There’s no linear answer to how it works, but you gotta respect the boundaries, and the role, and at times, I have to stop talking about Bluestone Lane, just put it down, and that’s hard for me. I’m the one who’s been most challenging with separating personal and professional, especially when it comes to home life.
As an entrepreneur, you’re always thinking about the business, how to improve, the great elements and the elements you don’t have answers for, which is the risk. And it’s an intoxicating experience, being an entrepreneur, a small business owner who’s trying to grow really quickly. That’s how I think of myself. You can never just switch off. You just care about it so much, you have a lot of repetitional risk, a lot of financial risk, a lot of responsibility for our locals, our team of 650 people now, our communities we serve - we pride ourselves on being a core part of the community. So it’s never just a binary “flip the switch.”