How did I get this life? Did I save a princess from an evil, tyrant monster in a life before? Wow, I’ve been playing too much Super Mario at home… But really, HOW did I become so blessed? I’m 23 and in China. I’m 23 and in China. And Lauren, she is on cloud 9. I don’t think her feet have touched the ground since we’ve been here. I love sharing this experience with her. China is 100 times better when you have someone new to share it with. Denise said it best when she brought me for the first time TWO YEARS AGO, it’s like seeing China with ‘new eyes’.
And this brings me to the point of this whole blog. I have been writing this in my head for days, actually since the night before we left for Shanghai. I do this very often. I’m a horrible sleeper at home, in China, on a plane, in a box, or under a bridge (sorry it turned a little Dr. Seus-sical there for a moment!). So when I’m trying to drift off into sleep I start writing blogs in my head. Sometimes they don’t get written, but this one I had to share. Denise, David, and Lynette….Thank you. Thank you for giving us ‘Whippersnappers’ the opportunity to see a new place, and me a chance to see it again with new eyes. Thank you for putting faith in myself and Lauren, to not only navigate ourselves through the streets of a foreign city, but to represent all the wonder and creativity that is Matilda Jane. Thank you for not looking at our age or our degrees, or lack there of I should say, but giving us the chance to learn and grow with Matilda Jane. Yes, I’ve made mistakes while working for you three, but you’ve never EVER held them against me. And Lauren? I’m sure she’s bound to make a few too, but I’m so excited that she gets to do that in your presence and mine.
I always knew I was good with color and making things cute. Heck, it was probably the only thing I considered myself good at. (Gosh, I hope that doesn’t sound like I’m full of myself!!) But did I ever have the confidence to DO something with those seemingly small (to me) talents?? Did I even have the faith in myself to go to school for Fashion and Design? No, I didn’t. I know I thank Denise a lot, on our drives home from Platinum on Wednesday nights and just in random texts sprinkled throughout the year, and I know she always says the same thing “Sam, I’m thankful for YOU.” And of course she tells me I’ve worked hard to do what I’m doing, but no amount of natural skill or sleepless nights working would have given me the courage to KNOW I’m good. Or the bravery to take a 20 year old with me to China! Or even the sheer boldness to write my thoughts down and share them with you. Matilda Jane has given me so much more than a job.
I’m so thankful I get to design Matilda Jane for you and your darling girls. I’m so thankful I get to work with some of my best friends on a daily basis. Matilda Jane, David and Denise, are the family and inspiration I always wished for, but never thought I’d be lucky enough to have. I mean it when I say I feel like I’m the luckiest girl in the world.
We fly home tomorrow; I can’t wait to see everyone and to give Denise a huge hug. Yes Denise, it’s in writing so it must happen.