As I work on winding down my business, I find myself thinking about the people who made this adventure possible. One such person is the radiant ✨@iamsunshine78✨, a fellow apparel designer and animal advocate, shown here wearing a Tree Kisser design while feeding a rescued calf at @animalaid_india 🐮. Without Brenda's initial guidance, encouragement, and willingness to answer every annoying question I incessantly emailed her, there's honestly no way I could've gotten started. Ever since I presented her with my idea in September 2013, she showered me with enthusiasm. She helped me set up wholesale accounts 📋, figure out the postal system 📫, and understand different methods of screen printing. Despite having a "competing" business (not that we ever really treated each other that way), she took time to post selfies in my shirts and promote my work online. She joined me at events where the heat, exhaustion, and physical labor far exceeded our expectations, without a single complaint. And I'm pretty sure I've never even publicly thanked her- at least not to the degree she deserves. People ask me constantly for advice about starting a business, as though I might have some secret magical answer to make it easier...but really, much of my success comes from straight up luck. In this case, my luck came in the form of a friend who never stops helping, never stops giving, and never even asks for anything in return. If you have one of those, you're off to a great start! Infinite love and thanks Brenda, every order I ship out and every dollar I donate is made possible because of you ❤️.