Candid Keepers {#346}

It’s no secret that I love amazing women and at the ripe age of 36 I’ve realized that I need them in my life.  They inspire, create, love, laugh, teach and devote themselves daily.  In giving their all, they make their tiny corner of the world a better place.  Lucky for me, I am introduced to one special lady every week who candidly offers up their hopes and dreams, fears and chagrins.  They are nothing short of mind-blowing.  Holly Jones is one of those gals and will make you laugh harder and love bigger than you did before.  Please give this fabulous new Trunk Keeper some “love” and welcome her to the family.

Q:  Tell me about yourself.  Where you live, where you grew up and about your family.

A:  I recently moved to Edmond, Oklahoma and I love it!  Seriously.  It’s the best of every where I’ve lived and I’ve lived a lot of places!  I grew up in Georgia on 40 acres down a little dirt road.  I ran barefoot on rocks, played in the woods all day, made mud pies, and fell asleep to crickets chirping, Bob Whites …ummm….bobbing (?) and Whiporwhills ..whipporwhilling (?).  I married an Oklahoma boy, who fortunately for me was transplanted to Georgia my junior year of high school.  We have 2 beautiful, smart, and spirited little girls.  Avery is 6 and Annabelle is 4.

Q:  Have you always known you wanted kids?

A:  Definitely!  I was never one of those girls who had a vision of the perfect wedding or dream home, but I knew for sure that I wanted to be a momma!I didn’t think I would have girls, though. I was SURE I would have boys!  I was such a tomboy growing up that I didn’t think my body could even produce a girl…LOL!  I sure am glad God had something else in mind!!!  My girls have shown me how glorious it is to be a woman ;).

Q:  What are your dreams for your children?

A:  Happiness and responsibility.  Naturally, I want higher education and preparedness for successful careers.  However, I am really trying hard not to over direct them and let them discover and develop their own talents. I want them to blossom to their fullest potential.  I don’t want to stifle their natural abilities with my preconceived notions or perceptions of who they are and what they should be.  I want them…to be them.  That’s part of why I love Matilda Jane so much!!!  Have you read Denise’s story about her start?  How her parents & family just supported the person she was meant to be?  And look at her clothes!  There’s no “princess – power” print.  There’s just total uniqueness and expression….and there’s lots of  power that is built within when you just let the kids rock their own style! My girls can wear floral, polka dot, stripes, squiggles, purple, green, red, yellow, and orange – all at once – and look stinking adorable!  They can go from a tea party to their four wheelers without skipping a beat!

Q:  If you could pick up your family and move anywhere, where would you go and why?

A:  I think moving so many places has taught us to be happy where we are planted.  Having said that, if I had to pick, it definitely wouldn’t take much arm-twisting to get me to move us to France.  Actually, I would give most anywhere in Europe a try. It would be the perfect opportunity for my kids to be immersed in something unfamiliar.  It would push us out of our comfort zones.  I love to be pushed.  Whether the end result is good or bad, our lives are always enriched on some level.

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A:  Alive.  Still in Edmond.  I should have chickens and goats by then and pretty roses growing up my stone cottage house.  My cabinets will be full of all the vegetables I have canned and frozen from my gardens.  Or at least organic foods that I have purchased from the store because, by that time, my calendar will be totally full of Matilda Jane shows!!! 

Q:  What made you fall in love with your husband?

A:  He is FUNNY!  Oh… MY… GOSH… does he make me laugh!!!  So witty!  Plus, he’s the first guy that was not intimidated by my father in the least…and my father could be a scary dude when guys came knocking on my door!  It was just too cute when my Steven, little fellar that he is (sorry honey….you know I love you….and you are little compared to my daddy ;)), came knocking on my door & didn’t even flinch when my dad tried to run him off.  I thought…WOW…this guy is tough!  Plus, he’s super smart and as honest as Abe.

Q:  What is one thing about him that makes you “crazy?”

A:  If you could see me now, you would see that I’m snarling as I think about him picking his toenails!  Argh…it makes me crazy!  He’s super type A & a neat freak so he sets the toenails in tidy little piles on his nightstand or an end table.  It makes me especially crazy when I’m trying to fall asleep & I hear pick….pick…pick.  Oooooo…it makes my skin crawl!  That’s it, though, really…he’s otherwise PERFECT!!!

Q:  What would he say if I asked him the same question about you?

A:  Am I really supposed to admit to this?  Really?  Okay…fine….I’m a total slob when it comes to house keeping.  Anything else I seem to keep in order, but not the house; so, it’s extra frustrating because he knows I could do better if I wanted.  He actually just made me a daily chore list, including estimated times for each chore, and attached it to the refrigerator.  This might be the time to mention that part of the fruits of my Matilda Jane business will probably be going to a housekeeper.  If I don’t conquer my “chore list” that is.  I’m just stubborn enough to try.  Ooops, there goes that snarl again J. 

Q:  What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at a trunk show?

A:  Knock on wood….nothing embarrassing has happened yet.  Although, I wish I had a great story.  I love to laugh & mock myself.  Life is too short to take myself too seriously!

Q:  What is the best part of being a TK?

A:  Without a doubt, the relationships built and friends made.  My Jane’s are a lovely bunch of gals!  Truly, I’m not just saying that! 

Q:   What advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a TK?

A:  First, it is absolutely necessary to be part camel!!  You must be able to make it through a launch week with very little to eat or drink.  Sleep is an after thought!  LOL!!  Okay, for a more serious answer (but really…no time to eat, drink, or sleep); Make sure your trunk keeper knows you are interested, host those trunk shows, and live life to the fullest because you never know when you’re going to get that call so you may as well have fun in the mean time.  I was interested in being a Trunk Keeper 2 years prior to a position opening.  In those 2 years my interest never waivered and the persistence paid off!

Q:  If you could have one wish, what would it be?

A:  On the one hand, I’m way too grounded to seriously wish…on the other hand, I remember as a kid I used to imagine a Jeanie giving me 3 wishes.  I always made sure my last wish was for the Jeanie to grant me unlimited wishes….I wished for more wishes.  Can I do that here?  Because, if I let myself, I have way too much to wish for (shhh.  Listen….you can hear my English professor…”never end a sentence with a preposition”.).  There’s world peace, of course, a clean environment, the goats & chickens I want, no hunger for anyone, happiness for all, no greed, health care for everyone, no poverty, etc.

Q:  Tell us about a time when someone did something unexpected for you in a time of need.

A:  As I start to answer this question, my cup runneth over, as my brain is flooded with all the times my dear friends have unexpectedly come to my aid.  Most of the memories surround all the moving my family & I have done.  Friends who have stayed up until the wee hours of the morning shoving our belongings into the moving truck to meet a deadline, taking my kids to the skating rink so they can still have fun while mommy stresses out over the packing, meals to keep us fed when we were otherwise too busy to care about eating, taking care of our existing home while we rent in another state….even if that means driving in a piles of snow to do it or vacuuming up thousands of lady bugs.  Oh!  Truly!  My cup runneth over!  I’m a lucky girl!

Q:  What is your favorite random act of kindness?

A:  Steven and I went out to eat one night with our first, brand new, baby girl.  When we went to pay the bill, we learned that an older couple had already paid for our supper and left.  We remembered the couple…cute little geriatrics…totally still in love.  That meant the world to us at that point in our lives.  It made a profound impact &, to this day, I can’t wait to be a frisky old couple…totally still in love….who surprises young newlyweds & parents with a free supper.  I don’t want to rush life along, but I am excited for that time.

Q:  Favorite blogs or websites?

A:  The Pioneer Woman….Ree Drummond.  She’s into everything.  Homeschooling.  Cooking.  Fashion.  Gardening.  Cowboys J.  Photography.  Journalism.  She’s big city girl meets ranch life.  She’s hilarious and inspiring.  Her brain never stops.  She has a natural high.  I need multiple espressos to achieve her zest for life ;).  Best of all…she’s an OK girl.  I started following her when I lived in Tennessee and just, recently, figured out she lives right here…in my new state. I’m so excited!

Q:  How do you plan to leave this world a better place?

A:  For me, it has to be a grass roots effort.  I’m no Marie Curie or Sally Ride, but I am an able bodied individual who loves to help in whatever capacity people can make use of me. Most important, to me, is starting at home with my girls.  I want them to appreciate our freedoms as Americans.  I want them to understand the opportunities they have as women. I want them to know the people who walked before them to pave the way.  I want them to continue volunteering with me, and knowing that the most enriching part of life is focusing on others and not solely on ones self.   Just recently, I learned of a family with 2 beautiful daughters who have very extensive medical issues.  I’m donating some of my Matilda Jane samples at the end of the season to help raise money for them.  I’m super excited that my business has provided another avenue to give back!

Q:  If you could give a “plug” to one company , which one would it be and why?

A:  Well, I have to give a shout out to Amy Schmitz Photography for, not only, taking my photos for this blog feature but also the lengths Amy goes to to give back to the community.  She’s a grass roots gal too.  She reached out to me and said, “Hey…why don’t we take some girls, who need a little pick-me-up, throw a fabulous Matilda Jane frock on them, and snap some pics.  Let’s give them a memory and a picture to go with it!  Let’s make their day!” She’s all about the kids, donating her time to raising money for the local youth shelter.

Josie Mineau - April 16, 2012 - 10:47 am

A recent “Matilda Jane” lover! I enjoy the spirit of my new dresses, including this one for me, and the great sundress romper for my 8 month old daughter.

Looking forward to more fun with Matilda Jane clothing.

Tisha Hankins - April 16, 2012 - 7:42 am

I was waiting patiently for Holly’s profile on the blog! What a wonderful story and beautiful family! So glad to have met her and looking forward to getting to know her better!

Linda Patterson - April 13, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Yipee! I used to live in Edmond when I was stationed in OKC at Tinker. I flew on AWACS. 😉 I miss it so much!

Leigh - April 13, 2012 - 8:52 am

I lived in Tulsa for 3 years and loved Oklahoma! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures with this story!!!!

Natalie - April 12, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Love the last picture! Pretty sure my husband would too 😉

Kimberly - April 12, 2012 - 7:33 pm

This beautiful Jane is my baby sister and best friend…”a sister is the dearest friend in the world.” She is a blessing to others in so many ways…her style, motivation, and creativity is contagious! Her passion is intense for whatever she puts her mind to; she will find a way to achieve her goals! So much to be grateful for having a sis like Holly, and now I can be grateful to her for introducing me to Matilda Jane! By the way, tomboy? You better believe it! Climbing trees and running around with her shirt off…if the boys can play with no shirts on, why can’t a girl! Prettiest tomboy in the neighborhood! (oh, BTW Holly, loved the part about dad!)

the Carrillo family - April 12, 2012 - 4:10 pm

This shows the real Holly…shes very nice and caring. She is a lovely person. When I invited her to a hat contest that she could make hats and her daughters could too she got very excited and jumped at the idea right away. I am blessed to know a person as kind and loving to their family as she is. We will always remember her and her family and we can’t wait to see her soon!

Mandy - April 12, 2012 - 2:10 pm

What a beautiful story with a beautiful wife and mother to her family! I am truly blessed to know her! She represents MJ to the finest and I’m not just saying that! I love the collection and hope one day I can buy more for my daughter!

Stephanie Hertweck - April 12, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Holly, you are beautiful! I loved your blog and looking at your adorable girls. You are a terrific TK. I know that bc your mine!

Rachelle T - April 12, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Great interview with my FAVORITE TK!! I met Holly at at show a couple months ago and we instantly clicked! I can honestly say she’s not just my TK, but a friend! All thanks to MJ!! I am such a fan of the company – not just for their crazy adorable clothes – but for the incredible women representing the company, like Holly! Kuddos!!

alina - April 12, 2012 - 12:53 pm

what an awesome article…go Holly!!!

Rachelle - April 12, 2012 - 12:48 pm

This blog put a smile on my face. My husband and I had a very similar random act of kindness paid on us from an older couple while on a weekend vacation. Those simple and very random sweet gestures stick with you forever. And…I love her photographer friend’s idea to shower some love on some little girls needing a pick me up.

gorillamomma - April 12, 2012 - 12:18 pm

welcome to oklahoma! it is the best! Yes Ree is from Bartlesville, lives just were of there, i love her too!

Karrie Sills - April 12, 2012 - 11:58 am

Love Her… And… Her Story! I think she will represent MJC in a Fabulous Way! I to have the dream of becoming a trunk keeper someday! I love everything about the company! 😉

JCamp11 - April 12, 2012 - 11:36 am

What a fantastic interview of a TK who really seems to embody so many of the values MJC espouses! Loved this one!