Shawna Pesina of Minneapolis, MN
Hermosa Beach, CA
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where are you now?
A: I am a city girl. Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. I grew up always living about 10 minutes from downtown so my family thinks it’s ridiculous that I moved to the west suburbs and am “so far away” now. J At least they have to call before they stop by now! Haha!! I am still close to my core group of high school girlfriends, we’ve known each other for over 25 years and are all celebrating our 40th birthdays this year! I think that is so cool. I am a good friend and I love to make another person smile. It’s probably my biggest goal each day….to make someone happy and spread a little cheer. I love being a mom and have never had a harder job in my life, but also never a more worthwhile job either. 🙂
Q: How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?
A: We met on a boat cruise on one of our lakes here in Minnesota. I went as a friend with someone else, he was alone, we met and were inseparable for the rest of the night. 2 years later we were married. 5 years later began a family. 🙂
Q: My favorite thing to talk about is my kids. Tell us about YOURS.
A: Sophia Margaret is 7 ½ and fabulous. She has always been a textbook child, doing everything she’s supposed to, when she’s supposed to. She’s smart and funny and has a great sense of humor. Her funky creative style mirrors MJC so perfectly. Joshua Michael is my 5 ½ yr old boy. That about says it all. J He is feisty, a prankster, and sneakily clever. He’s my boy and that seems to mean he gets away with a little bit more than he should. He’s very blessed to be cute, I have said this to him since the day he was cut out of my belly via emergency c-section!
Q: What did you do in your previous life? Pre-Matilda Jane?
A: I have a Retail Merchandising Degree from the University of Minnesota. Directly out of college I began a career with Marshall Field’s in their Buying Office. I worked mainly as a Business Analyst for Men’s Accessories and loved playing with product, watching trends and forecasting sales. I left work on a Friday, in 2005, gave birth to my daughter on Monday and never went back. I knew I wanted to stay at home full-time to raise my baby. 1 son and 7 years later…my children are both in school full-time and I’m ready to work! Matilda Jane Clothing is the perfect fit for me!
Q: How did Matilda Jane find YOU?
A: Ooooh! A friend showed me some clothes she “got at this show someone had, called Matilda Jane”. I knew I loved them the minute I laid eyes on them! I found it online. Then I lost it. Then found it. Then forgot about it. Then FOUND IT for the final time and made the leap to book a show! I booked a party with Erin McCauley and it was all over after that. I fell in love with her and the entire Character Counts line and knew I had to be a part of this amazing company! I am in love with clothing, styling and fashion and new we’d be a perfect match!
Q: Who on this earth has been the number one influence in your life?
A: My Father. He was the most positive person I ever had the pleasure of spending time with. I am him, in a girl body.
Q: What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?
A: Happy, Outgoing, Faithful, Loyal and Kind.
Q: Besides your family, what are you most passionate about?
A: Making this world a sweeter place, one smile, one ‘hello’, one laugh at a time.
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
A: Vanilla!!! Chocolate is too overwhelming….too much going on with it!
Q: Are you a dreamer or a realist?
A: Mostly a dreamer. I have big dreams and many of them are coming true! Matilda Jane Clothing has enriched my life so much in such a short time, it’s a little scary. I often say “I live in LaLa Land, it’s much, more pleasant than Downerville!”
Q: Crazy or not, what is one dream that you would most like to make come true?
A: Own a cabin on a lake. That’s it. Our very own weekend spot to relax and recharge and someday retire to.
Q: If you were gifted $1 million to donate to any charity or organization, which one would you choose? Why?
A: I would donate it to our Church/School. We have an amazing school and I want to ensure that it is always financially stable so it can continue to allow children to grow in a Christ Centered environment and not worry about cutting staff or dropping programs.
Q: If you could crawl into the pages of any book, what would it be and why?
A: Any Phillipa Gregory Book (The Other Boleyn Girl). She really draws you in to that period of time, it already feels like you are there, living along with the characters. Such a great escape!
Q: Good Hart is a special place for Denise. What place do you hold dear to your heart?
A. Hermosa Beach, CA. We lived in California when I was little and it’s where my heart is. The ocean, The Strand, running on the beach and driving along the coast. When I get off the plane I immediately feel memories flooding back to me from childhood when the ocean air hits me.