I may have read this quote a hundred and one times. It speaks to me in a way that I really needed to hear these past few months.
“Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wished you had been all along.” – Rae Smith
Matilda Jane started because a former boss said “you’ll never be a blip on the radar.” Matilda Jane grew because you welcomed us into your hearts and homes.
Matilda Jane was never something I dreamed about doing. I’ve always had the dream, and hoped, that I could be some part of a change for the greater good. Matilda Jane was the vehicle I used to make that dream happen.
And in light of all the changes that have taken place over the past couple of years I think it’s time to tackle my dream with 100% of me. I’m ready to make a change.
My heart and mind have been battling a lot these days – I decided I’m just gonna take the risk. After all, I have always said, “the greatest risk of all is not taking one.” I have decided to step down as the lead designer of Matilda Jane. I will still be keeping my seat on the Board as well as my shares in the company. I look forward to continue being involved in helping steer Matilda Jane in the direction we have set in motion. It’s too great not to be part of!!! But most of all I will be keeping true to my dream of making a change. I will be taking a little time off and then I will be jumping full steam ahead into The Mighty Acorn Foundation to see what good we can bring to the world.
I have so many emotions and words to share but I’ll keep it simple and say: Without your support, love and kindness I would be lost wandering in search of a purpose. Thank you wholeheartedly for being such a huge part of my life and welcoming me into yours.
I am confident in Sam McDonald and Madeline Katzel to carry out the legacy of the Matilda Jane “look.” As you know, Sam is a born and bred MJC girl. She is practically my clone or as close as one could get. When I met Madeline this winter and through the few short months we have worked together I can tell she is the right one. I’ve got a feeling she is going to knock your socks off. Madeline is a seasoned designer with the perfect look for Matilda Jane. I am more than confident she will be perfect to lead the design team going forward. I am excited for you to welcome them as you welcomed me. But more so, I am excited to watch them make Matilda Jane even more beautiful than it already is.