Jessica Abnet of Wisconsin
Most Valued form of Character:
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where are you now?
A: I have a great husband, Frank and 2 amazing kids, my son Brennen and my daughter Reese. My husband and I are both from Onalaska, WI, but have been living in the De Pere, WI area for about 10 years now. We love it here and have made it our home! Doesn’t hurt being 15 minutes from a Packer game either!!!:)
Q: How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?
A: My husband and I were in high school together. But we were not high school sweethearts to say the least. We knew each other, but dating never crossed our minds. We both worked for Festival Foods grocery store when we were younger and became friends at work. We transferred to the other side of the state to work for the company after college and our friendship continued. Eventually we decided to risk our friendship for a relationship together. And well. That’s history. It was one of the best risks I have ever taken. Two babies later and over 9 years of marriage and we are still best friends!!! I’m a very lucky girl!
Q: What about those gorgeous babies??? Tell us all about them.
A: I have a son Brennen who is 8. He is a silly, adventurous, “dig in the dirt”, sports, fishing, climbing trees kinda boy….the definition of “Boy.” He played his first year of Pop Warner football this year and couldn’t be more excited to wear pads and a helmet. In fact, on any given day, don’t be surprised if he answers the door with his gear on! He loves to wear it! My daughter Reese is 5….almost 6…going on 25 some days. She started kindergarten this year and is so excited about school. She is very outgoing, wakes up talking, goes to sleep singing, and never…I mean never stops moving! She keeps us on our toes weather its dancing, running with her friends, or putting on makeup till she looks like a clown…she is busy!
Q: What did you do in your previous life? Pre-Matilda Jane?
A: In the last 6 years, before Matilda Jane, I have been a stay at home mom. I have enjoyed it greatly and have loved the opportunity to be with them during this time of their lives. I will tell you it is a lot more work than I thought it would be. Before staying home with my kids, I was a Customer Service Manager for Festival Foods grocery store. I managed 70+ employees from hiring, training, scheduling, and reviews. I loved working there, but my husband was there too and the hours for both of us got to be too much.
Q: What is your Matilda Jane story? What made you become a Trunk Keeper?
A: Ha! Well to be honest a friend of mine from high school, Lisa Paul, is a trunk keeper for Matilda Jane. And I found out about the clothing through her facebook pictures:))) I kept seeing these cute pictures of her girls dressed in these amazingly cute outfits and I had to know what they were. So I took a picture from her facebook and zoomed in on one of the labels on the dress her daughter was wearing. And that’s when I first figured out what Matilda Jane was. I googled it, looked at the website, and then emailed her to find out more. That’s when she informed me of the trunk shows. So I had one of those and was in LOVE! Loved the clothes, the compliments my daughter and I got while wearing the clothing, and everything about Matilda Jane. I was persistent and after 3 years of requesting to be a trunk keeper I finally got the phone call I was waiting for! I am so excited for my new adventure with Matilda Jane. I had the opportunity to attend the conference in July and am completely head-over-heals for the company!
Q: Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall. What is your favorite and why?
A: I love all of them for different reasons, but if I had to pick one it would be Fall! I love the crisp cool air in the morning, mums on the porch, decorating for fall is one of my favorite things to do….ask Frank we just moved into a new home in March and there were some words about the totes of fall decor that had to be moved:)). And above all football season and chili! You can’t live in Green Bay and not love football!!!:)) I am definitely a Cheesehead!
Q: Who are some of your heroes?
A: My heroes are single parents. I am fortunate to have a helping husband in raising my kids. It is a hard job with two of us working at it. I can’t imagine doing it alone. I give a lot of credit to those parents who can do it by themselves. It is definitely an inspiration to me!
Q: Describe to us what a night out with your girlfriends looks like?
A: It really depends…usually its a dinner, wine, and lots of fun chatter about what’s going on in our lives…and other times its a couple bottles of beer, pizza/burgers and don’t be surprised if you catch me singing karaoke…I love to sing!!
Q: Tell us about your first job. How old were you?
A: My first job was at Dairy Queen. I couldn’t wait to start working I interviewed before I turned 14 and my first day was the day after my birthday! I still like to show off my DQ Curl anytime there is an ice cream machine at a restaurant:))
Q: What store makes your heart go pitter-patter when you shop in it?
A: Lately, it has been home interior places. Although I love clothing…we just moved this year, so I have been enjoying decorating our new home. Right now Pottery Barn is at the top of my list!
Q: What is your most treasured modern day convenience?
A: Definitely the Keurig machine…I LOVE my coffee. And it is for sure one of my favorite things!
Q: Give me 5 adjectives that describe the person you strive to be.
A: Happy, Giving, Honest, Caring, and Fun.
Q: If you could pick up your family and move to any where in the world, where would you go and why?
A: I don’t think I would move anywhere. I love where we are. Of course I love to visit places. But I haven’t found a place that beats home!
Q: Great customer service is definitely a “lost art.” How do you try to deliver above and beyond service to your Janes and customers?
A: I will do whatever I can to make them happy. Exceeding their expectations and going over and above to try to find things they have asked for.
Q: Favorite film of all time.
A: Grease! I love all the singing and dancing. It’s one of my favorites:)
Q: In your opinion, what is THE must have piece in Heart~Soul~Pride?
A: My favorite piece so far is Chasing Daisy…it is great paired with so many different pants, leggings, and tights…and the layering is endless. It will also be a great piece to flow into summer wardrobes as well. And…Reese loves it!!!
Q: Lastly, in the spirit of Character Counts, what in your opinion is the most important form of character?
A: Trust…being an honest and upright person goes a long way. Even if you make a mistake it is better to be honest about it and try to make it better, than to lie. The most important part of character …is having it. Without it you are not an individual. It makes up who we are and defines us with others. It makes us different and unique which is so fun! It would be really boring if we were all the same!!!:)