**Taken from The Violet Fog Archives!** <— Still a goodie!

As Founders of The Violet Fog… Cynthia and I make an interesting team. We’re such opposites. I’m talking near total opposites. But the crazy thing is it works so well for us. And we are total buds too!

From the start, we knew we’d both bring something entirely different and equally valuable to the publication.

Cynthia, she’s a Type A. Very organized, punctual, mostly business. She’s also super extraverted. Always busy, allllways has something to do. True ESFJ!

I’m more Type B. I rarely plan and I thrive on a little chaos. Just a true blue creative type and INFP… day dreaming is my #1 sport. I’m also a total people person BUT also a huge introvert- I need my alone time.

We are completely different. And yet we make the best of business partners. I’m so proud to work with her! (And I know it’s vice  versa, heh 😉 ) But wow… it was pretty hilarious in the beginning when we first started truly getting to know each other’s work styles… especially in the first few months.

First off, I always knew that Cynthia was super punctual and on top of things but I really knew she meant business when she started sending me full blown AGENDAS for our work days.

(Cynthia: Grey || Katey: Blue)

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I was like, Damn… girlfriend does NOT play around. Guess my days of “winging it” are over…

(And yes, by the way- our original name was Blush Hour …I know lol, no comment! More on that later.)

So. She’s on her shit 24/7. We’ll have the LONGEST days and get SO much stuff done and it’ll be maybe .5 seconds of downtime before we move on to the next thing.

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Like, cool! Awesome Cyn! Sounds good!…. Not like I was going to suggest taking a half day off the next day or anything. No way! LOL

I learned to semi-like her To-Do lists though. Sometimes. Sometimes. Only because when I need to strategize, they enable me to narrow my focus down to five things running through my head rather than the usual five million things….

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Must have been feeling extra peppy that day because “love” was a strong word haha. What I do now is this: I just send her emails on emails with random notes and thoughts and somehow she organizes them…

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But once we commit to a set calendar, she HAAAAAATES when I try to throw a curve ball. Like there is no changing plans with this one. Ever.

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I’ve learned I have to wait for my “windows” to drop new ideas.

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Lol.. that one also made it quite clear which one is more keen on going to events…

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Cynthia used to have it in her head (and still probably does) that I’m the most awkwardly challenged person in the world. Just because I’m such an introvert. It’s hilarious. Like this is not a joke.. this is the kind of pep talk she gives me before a date:

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As if I am hopeless lol. To her credit… my eyeshadow game used to really SUCK. I’ve gotten a little better though.

Anyway– It’s all jokes between us! We love to tease each other. She doesn’t take herself too seriously either.

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And she hates to admit it but she’s just as bad with directions and getting lost as I am.

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BTW- “Walking towards AT&T” is the complete opposite way from Pier 50.

I loved this convo we had once about what our titles would be if we were being honest. (Things have since changed though! We’ve adapted and merged in many ways these days.)

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We’re also so different with our decision making process. (Figured that one out thanks to Myers-Briggs… an absolute God send for us, seriously.) Cyn is more in the moment where I like to really sit and ponder my options for a bit. Like when we were deciding if we should call it “Violet Fog” or “The Violet Fog” …I changed my mind probably 5 times over the span of two days. She gets me though, she lets me sit and “brew” all the while knowing there’s a good chance I’ll end up agreeing with her anyway.

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She knows I over analyze the f*ck out of so many things. (Today– I like THE Violet Fog just as much. Btw!)

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We talk Myers-Briggs all the time. And P.S.. SOME decisions are pretty cut and dry for me…

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JK JK… kind of. 😉  Anyway, back to our publication name. Ultimately… this beautiful moment ended up happening:

!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

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I find it hilarious though, how I get SO into it while Cynthia is just like, “yeah it’s coo.”

But then sometimes she surprises me and says something deep, like..

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Even though I totally wanted to correct her grammar. Which I do 24/7 and she loves/hates.

Here’s what used to happen when I’d give “design” input… which, in the beginning, was usually more her role than mine. Just notice how serious Cyn could NOT take me at first (this cracks me up!):

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Too good.

So another thing I’ve had to get used to with the ever efficient Type A: having two conversations at once.. all the time.

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That was a good one though wasn’t it?! Play on words. Heh. 😛

When Cyn’s out of town, I 100% notice her absence. Having to deal with the operations and development side by myself..  I’m just like… no, this shit sucks… what am I doing…

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But she equally hates it when I’m not there too. Like editing things, she’d rather leave that to me.

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Y’all,  I wouldn’t trade my Type A/ESFJ business partner for anyone else. We respect each other SO much. And we’re both so committed… we’re truly in love with The Violet Fog community. We really hope to keep pushing good things for girl world. #BrainIsTheNewAss <— Mission from day one! I couldn’t do it without her on my team- she’s the business Yin to my Yang!

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Are you more Type A or Type B? And do you do well with “opposites” at work? Stories!! Cyn’s side to this HERE.

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4 Responses

  1. Sandra Miller

    Hi Cyn & Katie….my business partner (Cafe Canele, a commercial bakery in South City) and I are also very different. She’s very zen and controlled and gets things done almost before the to-do list can be written. I am more of an energy ball of fire, and my to do list often contains very impractical things (e..g 8a, have breakfast, 8:20, boil the ocean, 8:45, start the day’s bake.

    If you aren’t familiar (or even if you are) with canelés, we’d be happy to provide you with some samples, including vegan and gluten free versions. We LOVE introducing foodies to our canelés that we make with an American accent – with flavors like Loaded Bacon, Pineapple Upside Down, Baby Coconut, Caramelized Pecan, Matcha Green Tea, and ore.

    Love the name, “The Violet Fog” by the way – way better than Blush Hour! We blog about being women software developers who have become bakers over at Canelefornia (https://canelefornia.wordpress.com/), come check it out.



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