I will be the first to say the last three years have been tough. Not only here at home office, but with each of you. We have had more heartbreak than one group of friends should have, all the while working through a transition period with a new group of people who came here to help spread Matilda Jane to more homes. For so many years, we lived in our little bubble. A bubble Denise built for us. A bubble we loved and found purpose in. Heck, we found ourselves in that bubble and made lifelong friends. The hardest part is not that everything has changed, the hardest part is knowing that nothing will ever be what it was. And you know what? That is okay. Seriously, it is!!! You Know why??? It’s okay because we learned from the bubble to accept everyone as they are, even when you disagree, to love when you don’t understand, and to dance yourself silly. We did not learn to hold grudges and hate. We did not learn to judge others, and we certainly did not learn to give up.
Not sure why I just rambled and thought that I needed to give you a pep talk. Maybe because I actually needed one myself. I LOVE Matilda Jane. I love what it stands for. I love the girls I work with each day, and I LOVE that we get to make girls of all ages feel happy and beautiful. I love that we support our community, and I love that we do it together with you. That is why, after many, many late nights of working, I am reminded that there is purpose in what we do each day. There is purpose in the ever-changing personality of Matilda Jane, because when you think about it, she refuses to settle. She is trying to transform into her best self, a self we can all be proud of. A self that holds the values Denise instilled in her. A self that strives to be as creative as Sam and Denise, and a self that above all else will see beauty in the little things.
Truth is, I am happy to see some of the old habits come back. Word on Centennial Drive is that I will be blogging more, and I am super excited about that. Not that I will always be the one who gets to bring a lot of the exciting sneak peaks or contests, but I hope I can bring stories new and old, random thoughts, and a whole lot of LOVE and thankfulness for believing in Matilda Jane through the years.
Which means I also get to share about a WONDERFUL event coming up. An event that Denise and I started three years ago with our dear friend. The event is called Warm and Cozy, and it benefits the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center. I will never forget the first time Denise and I spoke about doing it. We wanted to mix our love of parties and giving back, and boy is Warm and Cozy just that. It’s an event that sounds just like you would think. Outdoor tents on a beautiful rustic farm. Lots of campfires to sit around while listening to live music. We will have homemade s’mores to roast, yummy food and drinks, and the liveliest raffle and live auction. Matilda Jane is donating some wonderful raffle items, such as a custom throw quilt made from vintage Matilda Jane fabric, and a Platinum Experience pass that will allow you time with our Platinum Designer Melissa to design a dress with your daughter for your keeping. This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as goodies are concerned. I really feel it will be the best year yet, and I would love to see some of you there.
Date & Time:
September 23rd at 6:30-9:00 P.M.
7195 East State Rd 14
Columbia City, IN 46825
To purchases tickets please go to the following website:
To learn more about the center and what they do for so many, please visit
I’m going to end this with a random thought about myself in hopes you share a little about yourself too. I LOVE quotes….. Like seriously LOVE them. For someone like me who internalizes everything, I turn to them to understand myself and others’ thoughts and feelings. I hope you will share your favorite quote with me below.
Thanks for listening,