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February 14, 2013

Love the one you’re with

This week, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, popular e-zine Be Inkandescent is featuring an article on collaborating couples– those who work side by side as they balance two powerful, time-consuming, stressful, successful careers. You can read the full article here, but I couldn’t resist sharing a portion of it.

LOVE RULES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

By Hope Katz Gibbs

How do you manage business and love in the 24-hour/7 days-a-week race that is your life? Scroll down for an honest, thoughtful glimpse into the balancing act from 14 Power Couples who are at the top of their game.

Author Jennifer Niven
+ Internet security architect and photographer Louis Kapeleris
Los Angeles, California


What brought you together, and what keeps you together?
Beyond our wonderful first date, we discovered that we connected on a number of levels. We have similar values, we laugh at so many of the same things. We’re different (he’s more reserved, I’m more social), but we complement each other. We work hard, and we love to explore and travel and have adventures. We believe in living our lives “out there,” as one of my characters would say. We work well together, and this is an unexpected, unanticipated bonus. Even though we come from totally different perspectives—I’m right-brained, he’s left-brained—we’re each other’s best friends.

Does keeping your professional life separate keep your relationship rich and healthy? We work in different businesses; however, we also work for the same company—the Jennifer Niven publishing empire. Louis photographs my author events, as well as takes my author photos. He handles my website programming, design, and maintenance. We work on publicity ideas. We made the book trailer for my latest book. He also is one of my best creative sounding boards (my mother being the other one). I bounce ideas off him, then we brainstorm together.

What are the challenges of being two powerful people at the top of your professional game?
We work all the time, and both our careers come with a great deal of stress. Sometimes it’s hard to make the time just to relax, enjoy each other, see our friends, travel—or even get out of the house more than once a week. Communication is key. Even if you’re busy, busy, busy, you have to take time to show and tell the other person you love him (or her), and you have to take time to connect, even if it’s just for a few moments out of a crazy day.

February 11, 2013

Velva Jean Valentines

When I was growing up in Indiana, I used to love buying Valentine’s Cards at Hook’s Drugstore. My friends and I would walk up there (after a trip to the Dairy Queen) and browse through the packages: Super Friends, Barbie, Care Bears, Scooby-Doo. I deliberated over which one to choose with all the studious and exhaustive thought that I would give my first-day-of-school outfits and my choice of lunch box.

After all, the cards you picked said so much about you.

This year, as I’m working away madly on the next Velva Jean book, I looked up from the computer long enough to realize that it isn’t actually May of 1946, but is really February of 2013 and that Valentine’s Day is once again upon us.

Which made me start thinking about the type of card Velva Jean might send to her own Valentines.

Here are a few ideas (I might like the lipstick one best of all):