Me and my older sister, Lisa. Don’t be alarmed, we are not related to the man wearing a cropped, mid-drift bearing jersey in the background. I also don’t know why we are wearing sailor outfits.

Over Mother’s Day weekend, my sister and I went for a leisurely brunch and although we couldn’t really celebrate the occasion, I figured we could celebrate the lesser known, but just as important, sibling day! (it was on April 10)

After chomping down on my smoked chicken salad, I thought about how lucky I am to have her close by and in my life. When I first started this venture, I remember her giving me that extra thrust of support and saying “when else in your life are you going to be able to do this?” When I think about it, she is the only person who knows about everything that has happened since day 1. When I get my samples, she’s the first to see and try them on, and when I have a frustrating conversation with my manufacturer, she’s the first person that I vent to. ┬áIn the more embarassing moments of panic and doubt, she is the one that pushes me to keep trying. I don’t think I would otherwise have the same persistence. Like any siblings, we still argue and give each other the passive aggressive silent treatment (I am particularly good at this). And we are by no means the type of sisters to tell each other everything like you see on TV. But, despite our wildly different personalities, we have grown to be able to completely rely and trust each other. We have been through so much together and I just feel so lucky to have her as the one constant in my life as everything in starting this business is in flux.

I hope this has inspired you to give your sister or brother a hug! But if you’re like me and Lisa and don’t do the whole affection thing, just carry on with your day and keep it unsaid.