Marcie McGill of Gainesville, GA
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where are you now?
A: I grew up in the small town of Sylvania, GA (Southeast Georgia). After high school, I moved to what I think may be the best city in Georgia, Athens! Growing up as an avid bulldog fan, there wasn’t a lot of thought as to where I wanted to go to college. The University of Georgia was my top choice! We now live in Gainesville, GA (North Georgia) and love it here. We have both the mountains and the lake to enjoy so this is definitely becoming home for us.
Q: How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?
A: Well this is sort of a neat story. One of my great college friends and sorority sister was dating a guy and her family was vacationing at Lake Oconee. She invited me to join them. Her boyfriend (at the time) and now husband invited his brother to come down as well. So that pretty much explains it, we had a great time together from the start and that’s where it all began. So now it’s pretty neat that my good college friend is also my sister-in-law.
Q: What about those gorgeous babies??? Tell us all about them.
A: Well I think they are pretty perfect but perhaps I’m a little biased! I have a 4 year-old son named Mason and a 2 year-old daughter named Madelyn. Just like any family with children, they keep us very busy and there is never a dull moment in our home. Mason loves all sports, creating things with whatever he can find, building forts (yes, inside my house!), and anything that typical boys enjoy. Madelyn on the other hand is my “girly girl,” she loves baby dolls and playing dress up! Madelyn is always on the go and we never know what we’ll find her climbing on!
Q: What did you do in your previous life? Pre-Matilda Jane?
A: Prior to becoming a trunk keeper I was a 2nd grade teacher for 11 years. I loved teaching and interacting with young children. It is definitely a career I am still passionate about and will always treasure the many friendships I made. I made the decision to get out of teaching so that I could have more flexibility and time with my own children.
Q: How did Matilda Jane find YOU?
A: Another great college friend (and roommate from college) is a trunk keeper for Matilda Jane and I had hosted a couple parties in my home with her. I saw how much she truly enjoyed her job and just thought it sounded like fun. However, never did I know I would someday have the same opportunity. Shortly after choosing to get out of teaching, she called me just to talk and in our conversation we talked about this being a possibility for me one day. I guess you might say that God opened the doors for me at the right time because Matilda Jane was currently interested in finding someone in my area. I jumped on board and feel so grateful to be a part of the awesome MJC team!
Q: Who on this earth has been the number one influence in your life?
A: Well it would be tough for me to limit it to just one person. I would definitely have to say that my mom and dad were and still are awesome parents that have instilled in me some great life lessons. They have supported me, given me wonderful opportunities, and most importantly loved me for who I am. I feel very blessed to have a close relationship with my parents. Also, since meeting my husband, he’s been a very strong influence in my life as well. He supports me and constantly encourages me when things don’t always work out the way I want them to. Max is an awesome father and husband.
Q: What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?
A: Personable, loyal, compassionate, fun, energetic
Q: Besides your family, what are you most passionate about?
A: Well that is a bit tough because so much of what I do and focus on does involve my family. However, aside from my family, my friends are very important to me. With children and staying busy as many of us do, it can be tough to stay in touch but I definitely treasure my friendships.
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
A: I’m definitely a vanilla kind of girl but with yummy toppings!
Q: Are you a dreamer or a realist?
A: I’m a realist and have a tendency to stress over the details and planning. I strive to be more of a dreamer though and not worry so much about the “in between” parts.
Q: Crazy or not, what is one dream that you would most like to make come true?
A: Oh goodness, that’s a tough one! I would definitely like to see our nation bond together and eliminate any bitterness and hatred that people have for each other which leads to crimes and other catastrophic events.
Of course, on the more selfish side, I would love to have multiple vacation homes in all different areas so we could travel as often as we want to!
Q: If you were gifted $1 million to donate to any charity or organization, which one would you choose? Why?
A: One thing I am very passionate about that I didn’t mention earlier is my love for my church. I would definitely choose to give a good portion of it back to my church because I am so grateful of what it provides for me.
Also, as you might guess from me formerly being a teacher, children are very important to me. I am sure I would choose to give to charities involving children who are sick or hurting.
Q: If you could crawl into the pages of any book, what would it be and why?
A: I don’t have one particular book that comes to mind but I do love all of Nicolas Sparks’ books, romances!
Q: Are you a country mouse or city mouse?
A: Probably a good combination of both! I love to visit big cities (and especially the shopping and entertainment!) but for more permanent living I like more quiet surroundings that you get from the country (not too small though!!).
Q: If you could have Denise design ANY item for Matilda Jane, what would that be and why?
A: With her awesome creativity, I would love to see what she could come up with along the lines of bedding and furniture. I can only imagine how cute it would be!
Q: Lastly, in the spirit of Heart~Soul~Pride, what in your opinion is the most important form of character?
A: Someone who possesses true character to me is a classy, positive role-model who treats others with utmost respect. He or she doesn’t like to get involved in circumstances/conversations that could possibly hurt someone else. Maintaining strong friends and family relationships is important to someone with character.