Candid Keepers #385


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.