Change

It happens to all of us. Sometimes you want a new hair cut, sometimes you want to try mustard instead of ketchup (not sure WHY someone would do this), and sometimes you want a change of scenery.  And sometimes, change just happens and you don’t even know it. It’s like your heart already jumps ship and it takes your brain a little bit to catch up.

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For months now, my brain and my heart have been battling. Battling what? I wasn’t sure. Not until Denise asked me to help her with the Smart Girls, Brilliant Woman Luncheon for the Boys and Girls Club (BLOG HERE). What an honor, right? For the both of us, really! I hadn’t worked with Denise on anything since June and I jumped at the chance to collaborate with her again.

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So we talked. And laughed. And I was filled with inspiration and excitement. I felt like we were changing the world, even if only in our own backyard. I wanted to show the young ladies at that luncheon how Denise changed my life. And she wanted to show them how a young gal like me, changed hers. All we are is normal. We are awkward. We are loud. But we are generous and kind. And we work hard. And deep down, we are confident. Not something that we feel all the time, but being ourselves is the most true form of confidence there is I think. That’s what we wanted to show those girls. I have to say, as much as I hope we changed their lives that day, the whole experience changed mine. Changed my heart.

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And now I’m here. After an incredible 6 and a half years at Matilda Jane Clothing,  I’ve joined the Mighty Acorn Foundation to help change the world in a much different way. There’s so much I’ve missed this past year, but I think the thing I’ve missed the most is sharing myself with the world; reaching out and listening, meeting new friends and really throwing myself into projects and feeling the amazing results of a hard days work. It turns out, these are the things that make my heart tick. Who woulda thunk it? The girl who wanted to design since she could pick out her own clothes wants something MORE.

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So get used to hearing from me. I’ll be working side by side with Katie from Changing the Face of Beauty to help spread awareness for her wonderful campaign! I’m so grateful to be apart of something so meaningful—showcasing children of all abilities in advertising is such an important cause and needs to be shouted from the rooftops! Ha, good thing I’m loud 🙂  So far Katie has gotten over 30 different companies to sign up for our #15in2015 campaign. These companies promise to have models of all abilities in their photoshoots this year. How INSANELY cool is that?

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Alright, before I spill too many beans I’ll leave you with one more… Just know we are preparing something AWESOME for CTFOB (Changing the Face of Beauty) this summer. And if you’re lucky, we may just show up in your hometown. That’s all I’m saying!! Until next time at least…

 

LOVE,

SAM

Wanderlust

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wan·der·lust
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noun
noun: wanderlust
  1. a strong desire to travel.
    “a man consumed by wanderlust”
    It’s such a crazy feeling to wake up and think “what should I do today?” For as long as I can remember my “to do” list was 38 hours long. Everyday. Whelp, not today. Not anymore. My head is going crazy begging for a hobby.
    We are going to China on the 26th, then California 2 days later, and NYC the last week of March.  I’m counting down the moments. Leaving the boys always fills me with great guilt but I know if I don’t follow my heart on some things I will loose myself.
    I miss my crazy busy creative life. I really do.
    ….30 minutes later and lots of backspacing…
    Enough..I gotta talk myself off the ledge and remember why I chose boredom. Ha. I chose boredom so I could spend more time helping with the Mighty Acorns. So this week I am gonna challenge myself  (and Sam) to get that tab on the website, this one, working.  There the blood is flowing again. So check by next week (not this upcoming) but the next and make me hold tight to my promise.

Who Wants to Go to Kitale

nateOur Second Annual Sponsorship Trip

On Thursday, April 16th, we will be taking our second sponsor trip to the Mighty Acorn Children’s Home
and The Seed’s Home & Academy.
We would love for you to join us. This is a very special journey and will
focus on allowing you time to build relationship with your sponsored child or children.
At our core we believe relationships matter and are a very powerful part of ones life.

The Mighty Acorn Foundations is fighting to restore hearts, ignite dreams
and empower the futures of children across the world. You are part of that mission.

We are offering you the opportunity to go to Africa and connect with your extended family .
You’ll experience life at the “Big House” (Mighty Acorn Home),
be given the hand-held grand tour, spend some time at the school and feeding center,
as well as the option to tour part of the slum that most of the children have been rescued from.
We will go shopping in town and have dinner out, special things that many of the children have
never experienced… riding the new escalator in town was a huge highlight last August

We will leave the United States, Thursday, April 16th, arriving in Kitale the evening of Saturday, April 18th.
Our return journey starts on Thursday, April 23rd arriving in the US on Friday, April 24th.
Our days will be spent in Kitale offering as much time with the children as possible.
The cost for the trip will be $2,950.00 – this will cover all your transportation, lodging and food.
This is going to be a very special trip for those who choose to make it –
but it is not without it’s difficulties and inconveniences.

The trip over is long; there are 2 – 8 hour flights, an overnight at a nice hotel in Nairobi,
and then another hour flight and a 3-hour drive to get to Kitale.
We will do our best to allow you time to rest but you will be tired when we arrive.
Our accommodations in Kitale are rather rustic,
you’ve probably read about the little critters in the showers and the power and Internet outages.
There are shots to get for international travel and malaria medication to take.
BUT – even with all that craziness – it will be a journey that you will not regret taking…

No one that has ever gone as wished they hadn’t.If you are interested in going please send an email to: denisew@mightyacorn.org
We are limiting the trip to 16 people in order to be able to do all we want to do while in country.
The first 16 people that make a commitment to go with a $500 deposit paid will be assured a spot on this trip. We need to hear from you by January 23rd.

We have raised the hopes of the all the Mighty Acorns we serve; they all want to to meet their sponsor.
It will be a huge treat for your child to meet and spend a few special days together with you.
It will surely change your relationship, drawing you closer to them… they’ll no longer be just a face in a picture or a few words on the page of a cherished letter…
they’ll be real, their hugs will live in your memory for a long time.
Come with us…

Hmmm

a-blogRumor has it that there’s a lot going on around here?

I think it’s time for Denise W and Sam to give us a hint.

Our Very Own Jenni

FROM SOCIAL MEDIA TO SOCIAL IMPACT

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Jenni Vorderman is an acclaimed photographer who was awarded by Kenneth Cole Productions as the #ShareGood winner for her work with The Mighty Acorn Foundation, an organization that rescues children living in unimaginable conditions across the globe.

“For the last two years I have been working closely with The Mighty Acorn Foundation. The Foundation was started in 2013 by friends, David and Denise DeMarchis, and I have been blessed to join them on their journey.” Jenni tells Kenneth Cole Productions. “While the Foundation is not specifically focused on any one geographic area, their first major project was centered on the Kipsongo Slums of Kitale, Kenya. The slum is home to more than thirteen thousand people occupying only 6.5 acres of land, and located on top of an old dumpsite. It is a place referred to by the locals as ‘Place of the Dogs’ or ‘Place of Hopelessness’. Many of the children who live in the Slum are fending for themselves, just as many are orphaned, and many more are at risk for drug and sex trafficking.”

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“Through my photography, I have been able to help tell the stories of the people that I have met in Kitale, and also help bring awareness to their plight. One of the more important projects that I’ve worked on with this Foundation was interviewing and photographing over eighty girls living within the Slum, with the hope of finding sponsors for them in the states. These sponsorships are not just about writing a check to cover everyday needs, but rather, to connect hearts and nurture long term relationships. For me there is no greater reward than to bare witness to that kind of ‘coming together’. The work I am able to do in Kitale, is work that I always dreamed of doing. To be working so closely with a Foundation that places value on developing long lasting relationships with those they are working alongside, has been the greatest blessing.”

“I am currently working with The Mighty Acorn Foundation to network teenagers with area mentors, and to place them in internships as they phase into adulthood. Although the act of ‘giving back’ is different for everyone, I believe that if we are able to tap into our own calling and connect with something greater than ourselves, then the world would be a much better place. Start by finding an organization that speaks to you, place a call to see how you might help, or step out on your own and do something that inspires you. The greatest thing you can do is take the first step.”


Learn more about Mighty Acorn Foundation at www.mightyacornfoundation.org and follow them on Facebook.

We are so excited to see out very own Jenni featured on the Kenneth Cole For Good website. Thanks to all of you who made this happen.