We had the good fortune of connecting with Abhineeta Matney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abhineeta, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
What are you inspired by? I am inspired by human perceptions, different ways of learning, and comprehending meaning out of experiences. Information, theories, and visuals merely scratch the surface when it comes to understanding the individual and spiritual dimensions of human interactions or any relationship. Inspiration naturally flows when I approach each experience with an attitude of learning.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Skipping Stone exists because humanity deserves an honorable platform. Our individual fashion choices and outlook towards beauty, art, and innovation can become powerful statements on what it means to be mindful patrons instead of indulging consumers. We want to be active participants in making that paradigm shift. Our company specializes in unique, handcrafted fashion accessories that are ethically sourced by artisan groups in India. The name – The Skipping Stone comes from a quote by Mother Teresa, who said: “ I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Many people visiting from abroad want to shop, so Park Meadows is on the list. The Gaylord Rockies is always an experience, especially during the holidays. We love hosting friends and family in our home. Our family is all about simple pleasures. We love walking around downtown Parker and grabbing coffee at Fika. Hikes at the nearby state parks make us soak in all the natural beauty that surrounds us here in Colorado. One family favorite is Garden of the gods followed by a Yellow Mountain Tea House experience in Colorado Springs. The kids always enjoy the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The special exhibitions there are always beautiful and memorable.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents and grandparents have been living examples of what it means to love God and love others. They have served people in some of the least developed parts of India. Some followers of Jesus don’t treat their faith as a religion, but rather as a lifestyle. I am grateful to be a part of a family where we have a history of going where no one else wants to go and welcoming in those who no one else wants to welcome in their homes (serving leprosy patients, picking up children who were once thrown in garbage dumps, ministering to prostitutes, building hospitals, and spreading education in remote areas where the educated don’t always want to go). When blessings overflow, they are contagious. My family consistently demonstrated how to keep the joy alive and how to find humor even in some of the most difficult situations. I am blessed with a husband who has always supported and encouraged me to understand and explore who I am created to be. My ten-year-old daughter, Usha, and my nine-year-old son, Aden keep me grounded in reality and amazed by their grace, wit, and wisdom every day. One cannot grow in isolation. I am very grateful for the incredible community at Southeast Christian Church, Southeast Christian School, and the many friends who feel like family here in Parker.
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