Nichole Morris of Phoenix, AZ
Most Valued Form of Character:
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where are you now?
A: I was an Air Force ‘Brat’ growing up; I lived in quite a few places. I was born in Ohio; my parents have retired in Oklahoma, but Arizona is home. I have lived in the Phoenix area longer than I have ever lived anywhere else…16 ½ years.
Q: How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?
A: I met Ab at a bar; we had a mutual friend. We both liked the Yankees and 80’s music. We hit it off right away and have been together 10 ½ years, which is why I never left Arizona.
Q: Tell us all about those incredible kiddos of yours.
A: My world is my daughter, Phaedra, she is 6 years old and I adore her. She is full of life and keeps me busy. She started 1st grade this year and has to go full day, which I am still sad about. She plays the cello, loves to sing and put on shows. She is my little side-kick; we like to travel, go to shows and watch movies. I have two amazing, talented step-sons too, but I am respecting their mother’s wishes by leaving them out of the interview.
Q: What did you do in your previous life? Pre-Matilda Jane?
A: I have been a stay at home Mom since Phaedra was born and love every minute of it.
Q: What is your Matilda Jane story? What made you become a Trunk Keeper?
A: I am obsessed with Matilda Jane! My daughter and I were already promoting for them all over town, as you know MJC outfits are the kind to make people stop, compliment and inquire, so I thought “Why not?”
Q: Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall. What is your favorite and why?
A: Winter because I live in Arizona and those months are gorgeous here. Plus, Christmas and Phaedra’s birthday fall in Winter.
Q: Who are some of your heroes?
A: My Grandmother-she has always taken care of everybody; she is still married to my Grandfather. She is an amazing baker, cook, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She is self-less and understanding and has such patience. She has this amazing talent for sewing, knitting, crotcheting and needlework. She sounds like super-woman, I know, but it is all true. She has given me a lot of great advice and guidance over the years. I aspire to be like her; I love her so much.
My best friend is battling cancer, but she is keeping it together. She is such a strong person and I admire her so much. She is a great mother and an amazing friend. Even during her chemo, she still thinks of others and has a positive outlook. I am so thankful to have her as a friend and pray for her every day.
Q: Describe to us what a night out with your girlfriends looks like?
A: Sharing laughs with great food and always a glass of wine.
Q: Tell us about your first job. How old were you?
A: Well, like most girls, my first job was babysitting. I started in 6th grade and was quite busy. My first ‘real’ job was at the swimming pool the summer I was 15.
Q: What store makes your heart go pitter patter when you shop in it?
A: American Girl. There is nothing more fun than going to the American Girl store with my daughter. It is magical.
Q: What is your most treasured modern day convenience?
A: That is a toss up between my Droid and my Kindle.
Q: Give me 5 adjectives that describe the person you strive to be.
A: Patient, Loyal, Giving, Loving and Fun
Q: If you could pick up your family and move to any where in the world, where would you go and why?
A: I would have to move us to New York City. I love everything about the city.
Q: Great customer service is definitely a “lost art.” How do you try to deliver above and beyond service to your Janes and customers?
A: I am still new to this, but I like to call them, develop relationships with them and follow up after an order or a show. I offer to do their returns for them. I like to send a hand-written thank you note to Janes after a show. I just try to treat them the way I would like to be treated.
Q: Favorite film of all time.
A: That is a hard one. I am in Blockbuster every other day! But if I had to pick one, Pollyanna, with Hayley Mills. I can watch all of her movies over and over, but that one is special; everyone should watch that movie at least once.
Q: In your opinion, what is THE must have piece in Character Counts?
A: The must have pieces in Character Counts are the Royal Ruffles with the Chasing Daisy and the Satine. I just love the style of the flutter dress and the Daisy paired with the Royal ruffles is so playful and fun. And the Satine is a classic; the material is so soft and feminine and it can be layered for fall or worn by itself in the spring.
Q: Lastly, in the spirit of Heart~Soul~Pride, what in your opinion is the most important form of character?
A: The most important form of Character is Dependability.