Coincidence or...???

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A few weeks ago I received a wonderful offer I just couldn't refuse (this deserves a whole blog post of its own, as soon as I am allowed to spill the beans) and if you follow me on Twitter you know that I was plagued with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. It is a great opportunity but it comes with a ton of work and time investment on my part. In order to "make it work" we had to make the biggest decision of our lives: Jon will leave his corporate job of 15 years and come join MODKID full time! I typed that above statement with trembling fingers because as you can imagine, the decision was not easy and it still makes us a bit nauseous. It is a huge monetary sacrifice -- and a psychological one too because this job has been part of his life for longer than we've been together -- but we feel it is the right time to catapult our business to the next level (hopefully!)

Last week we flew to Florida, mostly for Spring Break vacation but also to announce to our dear family that not only is Jon leaving his job and joining MODKID full time (still trembling) but we have decided to move back to FL to be closer to the family and grow our business there.

This has been such a crazy rollercoaster of emotions but I can honestly say that we would never be at this point if it wasn't for all of you out there. The support we've received from our dear distributors and the hundreds of retailers and the thousands of customers out there made this dream possible, not to mention my beloved blog readers and Twitter followers... what would I do without you?! Thank you, thank you, thank you! On the fabric front, I truly can't thank Kathy and Michael of Michael Miller Fabrics enough for taking a chance on me two years ago (can't believe it's been that long already!)

So, why the owl? Funny story actually. I am not a superstitious person by any stretch of the word but some of the events that happened last week in FL had me truly scratching my head.

Jon and I announced our big decision to the family, which of course was a cause for celebration. The next day we headed out to preview an empty office building that will eventually become my sister and brother-in-law's Chiropractic offices. Jon walked into one of the empty examination rooms and was greeted by this little fellow... he was just barely 5" tall and scared out of his mind. He had gotten in through an open skylight and who knows how long he'd been hanging out in there without his mommy, not to mention food or water.

My dad quickly came to the rescue. We released him just outside the door and the little fellow flew right to his nest at the top of a nearby tree.

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The girls were thrilled to have come this close to such a sweet wild creature.

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As fun as this experience was, the next one is not for the faint at heart. We went to lunch to a local restaurant. I had been sitting down at the table for about 10 minutes... had ordered my meal and was just chatting with the family when I felt something scratchy run down my back. You know how sometimes you can have a stray hair or a clothing tag or something scratch you and it sorta feels like a bug? Well, that's what I hoped it was, but nooooo. I swung my hand back there to feel around and was instantly horrified when I felt something BIG AND WIGGLY inside my dress!!! I had no idea what it was but I instantly grabbed on to it (through the fabric of my dress) jumped up and started yelling for someone to help. I had a firm hold of it through the fabric so it wasn't going anywhere. No one paid any attention to me except my mom (thanks, mom!!) Somehow in between screams and hyperventilation I managed to tell her I had a big something in my hand and she needed to reach inside my dress and grab it... right?! Bless her heart... she did just as I asked. She grabbed a paper napkin from the table, reached up and took the critter right out of my trembling hand. I was afraid to look when she pulled out her hand... it was a big brown grasshopper just like the one below!!! (not my photo)



Later that night, as the family slept soundly in their beds, I got a bad case of the heebie-jeebies (and the creepy-crawlies) so I turned to my Twitter friends for comfort. One of my tweeps told me about the symbolism behind owls and grasshoppers. I did a little research of my own, and check out what I found!!!
OWL
Active at dawn and dusk owls are sometimes referred to as the night eagle, a messenger from the darkness and a guide through all the mysteries that it contains. It teaches us how to embrace our personal darkness without fear. Owls are sometimes thought to come to those that are about to die. This does not mean a physical death as much as it means the letting go of some part of yourself that is not serving you. Owls with their spectral senses help guide us through the dark tunnels of fear, change and uncertainty to the brilliant light shining at the other end. If the owl appears in your life thank it for its willingness to guide you through its shadowy realm to the other side of promise and joy.
GRASSHOPPER/LOCUST
When the grasshopper-locust appears to us we are being asked to take a leap of faith and jump forward into a specific area of life without fear. Usually that specific area is one that we have avoided and is often connected to change on a larger scale. This can represent a change in location, relationships, career or just in the way we perceive ourselves.
Call it symbolism, coincidence or just plain irony but I just couldn't ignore the humor in all this... I mean... an owl and a grasshopper? What are the odds, considering our big changes ahead?!?

Soooo... good things come to those who wait, right? And we've waited a loooong time for this moment...

Would you all kindly join me in welcoming Jon to MODKID, where the dress code is always casual, loud music and impromptu dance parties are highly encouraged and every day is a "bring your kid to work" day!

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(yes, that is a dress I made myself with one of my new knits... YUMMM... more on that next week... patience, patience!)

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To reach Jon directly via email: jjyoung@modkidboutique.com

Stay tuned for lots of cool stuff coming up in the next few days and weeks here on the blog... new fabric collection full reveal, new sewing pattern reveals and some cool giveaways!

59 comments:

  1. Good Luck on your new adventure! We have been going thru our own type of metamorphosis this past year so I know it can be scary--keep the faith--you'll do great!

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  2. goodness...what a time you have had. good luck in all your future endeavors...ill be right here buying your stuff!

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  3. oh, fun! i'd love to have matt with me everyday working towards the same goal!

    that owl is RIDICULOUSLY cute!! wonderful things coming your way!

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  4. That is a big step! How fun it will be for you to work together! I have no doubt MODKID will continue to be successful!

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  5. How wonderful, Patty! How fortunate that you get paid to do what you love, and now you get to have your husband join you in your journey! Wishing you tons of future success!

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  6. Wow! What a big announcement! I'm so happy for you guys! That's a hell of a lot of change at one time! Just keep breathing. I'm feeling so inspired by you at this moment. Can't wait to follow you on this journey via Twitter. LOVE the dress/fabric! I want to make a dress for me out of it. Can't wait!

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  7. Wow Patty (and Jon!), what an AMAZING opportunity awaits you ahead! I feel the 'buzz' right through your Blog post and I feel genuinely happy and excited for you and what is to come of this great adventure! I will continue to follow your journey through fabric greatness! C O N G R A T S J O N & P A T T Y!

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  8. Congratulations Patty and Family! What an exciting development in your lives. Best of luck to all of you. :)

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  9. Wow, congratulations, that is awesome news, best of luck to both of you!

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  10. Congrats to both of you!! Best of luck on your move, how wonderful to be closer to family!
    The owl is sooo adorable.

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  11. Wow, huge decisions but exciting ones. There is nothing like being close to family. :) What an awesome husband for being interested in your world enough to do it full time. Not many men would do that! Congrats to you both and to your family and praying many blessings on you all as you transition into a new chapter of your life! You look fab in that dress by the way! Can't wait to see the knits!

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  12. The best of luck and BEAUTIFUL pictures of the owl!

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  13. Great news! I wish you all the best of luck!

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  14. OMG I'm so excited for you. You are a tremendous talent. I have wanted to tell you that your Kyoko pattern is beyond fabulous. Customers come back praising its ease and clarity (not always the case with other designers). I can not wait to see what the future holds for you. Congratulations!

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  15. Congratulations to both of you! Definitely a new chapter, a new book even! Keep your wits about you and let the good times roll!

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  16. Great post! Congratulations and best of luck on your new adventure.

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  17. Big news, Patty! Congrats to you and Jon.

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  18. Wow, Patty! Congratulations and good luck! It's so fun to see your business growing. I bet you won't miss the Chicago weather. :)

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  19. I am so green with envy...my hub and I grew up in Tampa and would dearly love to move back to be near family again....what a great family decision!!

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  20. ROCK ON!!
    I am absolutely thrilled for you and cannot wait to see the things to come. (I am DYING for the knits by the way!!)

    Congratulations,
    suzy

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  21. Congrats and best wishes for your new adventures! Welcome, Jon! But I couldn't have been the only one that saw this coming, right?! :)

    Look forward to ordering all the new goodies - can't wait for the reveals!

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  22. Jen Moore8:11 PM

    Good luck! And how cute are you two. love the dress!

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  23. Wow Patty! I feel excited and scared for you at the same time. How exciting to be able to "work" at something you truly enjoy. And with your best friend too, no less. You are very blessed. I'll pray for an easy transition for your business, home, and family.

    You did it Patty!

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  24. Congratulations!!! Wishing you & your family continued successes- that's exciting and wonderful news!

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  25. :) Love your creations! Congrats to you and your family. BRING ON THE KNITS!!!!

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  26. congratulations patty!!! I can't wait to hear more about it! it's so exciting to see you take your business to new heights!! and yay for florida!! this is HUGE!

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  27. So excited for you guys! And the owl and the grasshopper - what great coincidences. Hmm, I wonder if there's a children's book on it???

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  28. Patty, that is amazing! I'm so happy for you guys and also happy to have you as a fellow "southerner" before too much longer! Congrats! Can't wait to hear the details!

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  29. Anonymous10:06 PM

    good luck in growing your business...and while your doing it...it will be warm...cant wait for knits have been asking our supplier for designer knits for awhile. YES
    best wishes and welcome jon to modkids

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  30. Congratulations to you both, Patty and Jon! And congrats on your decision to move to FL and be near family... we did that as a family (husband took a demotion and everything), and it was SO WORTH IT!

    May this be just the beginning of another beautiful "marriage" between you guys and MODKID!

    Best, best wishes :)

    ~gigi

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  31. That owl is gorgeous!

    Congratulations! I am very excited for you!

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  32. i am so happy for you and all of your success! good luck on this journey. i will continue to buy the mess out of your fabrics and patterns because i think you rock the house!

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  33. Oh my goodness! How very exciting!! Congratulations on this new adventure!!
    And did you say KNIT??? I am so excited! I can't wait to see these!

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  34. Woohoo, Patti! That is so exciting. I can't wait until you can spill the beans and fill us all in on what you've got in store!

    I definitely say those were too very good omens. Congratulations!

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  35. Thank you all for the comments! You have no idea how much your support and encouragement means to us!!!

    Jon being home taking care of stuff means that I'll have more time to design fabrics & patterns while working on other cool projects. Can't wait to share everything with you all! :)

    patty

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  36. That is so exciting Patty! Congratulations to Jon too and I hope it all works well for both of you. And how nice to be moving closer to family and no more snow, yay! The future is bright, can't wait to see all of your new designs!

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  37. congratulations on the move and growth of your business, your fabrics are 'delicious' so i am not surprised!
    anita
    x

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  38. Hi Patty and Jon I was beginning to get a little worried by your lack of posting this last couple of weeks but now I totally understand! I am so happy for you both and though you are bound to be nervous I bet now the decisions have been made you feel excited and positive about it all! I'm actually getting married in florida in July aint that a coincidence! Good luck with your exciting new ventures. Justine x

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  39. Wow! Big announcement, indeed! Whatever prompted this must be huge!! Congratulations!

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  40. WOW! Congratulations on the big job change Jon! When do you make the big move to Florida?

    I love the owl pictures. His eyes are so intense in the second photo!

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  41. Yolanda10:28 AM

    Patty -

    Good morning. Congratulations on new and exciting journey. Welcome Jon.

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  42. Oh Patty this is so amazing! When I met you and Jon at quilt market last year I was so impressed at how well you worked together. This will be a wonderful new change..and to be closer to family??....INCREDIBLE!
    Lucky, Lucky you!
    I dreamed of Modkid in knits..now reality..How COOL!
    Cograts!

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  43. I am so loving your owl. We can hear one lately in the trees behind our house but I haven't seen it. Your owl is so cute. I bet he was so afraid- poor dear. I am not so sure it was a coincendence. Something tells me though that you will be succesful because you seem like one hard working lady!

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  44. So, so happy for you. I'm sure it must be scary but what a wonderful thing this is going to be!

    Congratulations!!! :)

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  45. Patty - this is such wonderful news - I am very excited for you and Jon.

    {I am typing this with goosebumps because I am still plagued with the thought of that grasshopper in your dress - shiver}

    GOOD LUCK MODKID!!!

    Karen

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  46. I am sooooooooooooooooooooo happy for you! For you all! I'm cheering, clapping, and even giving you a standing ovation. And I'm doing a mental summersault. Happy Happiness!!! xoxom

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  47. Congratulations to your family and business. I look forward to seeing what's in store!! I adore your fabric and patterns!

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  48. Best wishes to you both! Success will follow!
    Keep Smiling...

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  49. good luck! that owl was so beautiful! glad you got to photograph it :) May I ask what part of Fla you're moving? We may be making amove to Orlando in about a year or two.

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  50. WOW ... that is quite a decision ... but as you already proofed that you are a fun team in life, there will be no doubt that you are a brilliant team in business!

    My best wishes for a great big fantastic success!

    From Luxembourg ...
    Simone ^-^

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  51. That is so awesome for you and your family! I've been a fan of yours back in you Ebay days. :) Me and my husband hope to someday get to the same point with my business. Not quite sure how to make that happen but I'm sure we'll get there! :)

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  52. Best wishes to you and your family in this next era of your endeavours.

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  53. wow! very exciting future for you all! I love following your blog!
    I've just awarded you a sunshine award over at my blog. be sure to pop by xx
    http://5starbaby.blogspot.com/

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  54. Knits, I really want to know more about the knits! It is so hard to find cute patterns and quality too, I know yours will be fabulous!!!!

    I saw some teasers on your flicker group!!!!

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  55. This is wonderful news! I am so happy for you and all of your success. I think you are a fantastic designer and I know there are great things ahead for you and your expanding business. The owl and the grasshopper is totally weird but hard to ignore. Good things are to come!

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  56. Anonymous5:18 PM

    My husband, my boys, and myself work with the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge...We jsut put two seperate baby owls in nests that fell out...and were to little...You had an awesome experience...Yay...

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  57. I love this!! I too am expanding my business and I hope we both have lots of success this year! And Thank God for Mothers. :)

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  58. Congratulations on all your successes! Both business and presonal. That's awesome you guys will be working together. I'm excited just to watch you grow. I was lucky enough to win a giveaway you did when you first started and you have indeed grown since! Continued success and hapiness to you all. XO

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  59. Well, you two have always been a great team at Market, so I am sure this decision will lead to even more wonderful things!!

    Good luck with the move and follow your heart...you'll make the right decisions!

    Try to enjoy some of summer along the way.

    Sheree

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