And it’s Wednesday. And it’s the middle of April. How the heck does that happen. My life has been such a blur I’m not sure even what to focus on lately. Luckily Anne pulled me out of the house bright and early this morning for a nice long walk. I love my friends. I am so lucky to have so many great girls in my life. I’m a sucky friend. The friend that can’t say yes or no till the last minute, the friend that puts something on the calender months prior and then cancels the day of..yup, that’s me. And luckily my friends just know that about me and roll with it. Love those girls. Someday, I’ll find a great way to thank them all.
Sam and I have been working like crazy to get Spring 14 in full swing. Pretty much like my friend situation, that too get’s side tracked way too often. Kayla has been a rock star at keeping us in line and on track.This week was going to be the week we got at least got Collection One done. Not so much. We had a full day meeting scheduled yesterday with some consultants. Truth, I was not super stoked about it. So much has been going on at Matilda Jane ever since we moved into the new building. All good but just so much it is hard to stay focused and in the loop at the same time. Anyways, I really wanted to stay home and just design but grabbed a few diet cokes and an iced coffee and walked in with an open mind. So glad I did. They were awesome and asked such great questions. I can hardly wait to dive in with them and start working.
I’m gonna be honest, Matilda Jane is hard. I’ve got the easy job when it comes to designing. There are so many variables that go into everything. I love nothing more than sitting at a table with season experts and just soaking in all their experiences. Sometimes I feel like I am drowning, so many times. I only know what I know. And we built Matilda Jane on trial and error. I had no clue how to make a pattern, how to source it out or even better what the content and weight of fabric should be. And that is just 1/100th of it. There’s shipping, duties, inspections, laws, billing, tech sheets, testing and 20 million other things. I didn’t know any of it. None. I just googled and learned what I could. No one ever just took me under their wing and handed me this knowledge. I have made so many mistakes. But so many great mistakes that taught me. They taught me the right way and the wrong way. I’m still learning.
I could go on and on about all the silly things. I remember being in Alabama when we took Joe to therapy and Lynette called me in a panic. I was in a bakery and Joe was picking out a cookie, and she was so stressed cuz we were doing a free bag promo and all the bags were gone. We had made like 500 of them. This was a couple of years ago. I remember the stress perfectly. I hate to let you guys down, I hate to disappoint. I remember being at a hockey game and reading on FB how someone thought the mug give away was so cheesy and cheap. I was bummed. I thought it was cute and then I thought, it was free after all? Sam has one on her desk she uses almost everyday. I’m not even sure where I am going with this besides, I love you guys. I love everything you have taught me in the past years. I have grown so much and in so many ways. Sometimes it is really hard hearing negative things. I mean who wants to be told something they created is ugly? But it is those thing, the negative things that have taught me the most. It is good. I mean if we were patted on the back all the time, what would we learn? That we did a good job? I love that you have helped me become who I am, that you have stood by my side and supported so many things that I believe in. And right now, I am beyond over the moon that you have helped so much with the kids in Kitale. Right now, all I can think of is that in one week Kiara, Jenni, Denise W, and Jami will be meeting close to 100 girls who’s live will be changed because of you. Because of all you have taught me and all the growth you have helped me achieve. Thank you.
This blog totally took a different spin. I wanted to tell you all about the folks I met yesterday and how excited I am that they are going to help break down all the components of Matilda Jane so we can see what and where we need to learn, grown and focus on, So excited about this. I would have never in a million years called a consulting firm. I would have been way too nervous and intimidated. So a huge thanks to Jeff for loving MJC as we all do and stepping in to help us!