Candid Keeper #262

Gahhhhh, prepare for cuteness overload!  Nat McGuire of Springfield, MO has a face for CNN, style for miles and a truly honest heart that will be her key to success.  Thank  you, Nat, for your time and for sharing yourself with the world of Matilda Jane.

Q:  Hey there, Nat.  Could you tell us a little bit about you and your family.

A: I live in Springfield, MO where I have lived for the past 22 years.  I was born and raised in KC, MO but moved to Springfield to attend College at MSU.  After I graduated from MSU with a degree in Communications/Media I decided to stay in Springfield to pursue my television career.  After I worked in television for a while, I decided to get into outside sales.  I had been doing pharmaceuticals sales the last 10 years before I came on board with MJC.  My husband’s name is Steve and I have 2 great daughters Savannah 6 and Bella 4.  My daughters are amazing they are my own little advertisers for MJC, whenever they receive a compliment from someone they say “thanks I’m wearing MJC because my mommy sells it. Do you need a card?”

Q:  What is your favorite place you’ve ever lived?  Why?

A:  Austin, Texas. I was a corporate trainer for ATT Wireless, and I had to move to Austin, Texas for a few months.  I loved the diversity, and the green grass.

Q:  How did you meet your husband?

A:   At my place of work 16 years ago at ATT Wireless.  He was having trouble with his cell phone, and I came to the rescue.  Shortly after, He came in to my work every month to pay his phone bill, and ask me out for 2 years straight before I said yes.  I love persistence!!! We have been married now for ten years.

Q:  Have you always known you would have children some day?

A:  Yes

Q:  What is the single most valuable lesson you’ve ever learned?

A:   To always be honest.  Being honest establishes trust and demonstrates integrity and displays character.

Q:  If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?

A:  The Civil Rights Movement.  It was an exciting time in our nation’s history where the rights of minorities and women were established.  This period in history was when people were champions of worthy causes and advocates of human rights.

Q:  If you had to lose one of your five senses, which would you give up?

A:  Smell, because maybe then I would not have to smell how good food is, and that would be the way I could lose 15 pounds.  Hahahaha!!

Q:  Do you have a favorite blog or website you visit EVERY day?

A:, it is my sister’s fitness and wellness blog.

Q:  How do you try to leave this earth a better place for your children?

A:  I teach my children the “Golden Rule,” of do unto others as you want others to do unto you.  This principle instills love, compassion and understanding for their fellow brethren.  If we all followed this simple principle the world would be a better place.

Q:  If you had to go back and live in any other time period, what would it be and why?

A:  The 70’s.  It was a very carefree time.  The music was good, the fashion was fabulous and people exercised their right to assemble and free-speech often.

Q:  If you won a lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

A:  Scream and weep with joy!  Afterwards, I would consult a tax attorney and an accountant.

Q:  What is your all-time favorite movie or TV series?

A: I’m going to have to pick 2, Waiting to Exhale and To Kill a Mocking Bird

Q:  What is the best part about working for Matilda Jane?

A:   Helping people broaden their sense of fashion.

Q:  How did you become a Trunk Keeper?

A:  I have always been a fan of MJC since my daughter Savannah received her first MJC outfit at her 2nd bday party from my friend Cathy.  I knew I loved the line, and the next career I wanted to have was to do something fun, and to work for a company that had a really good heart….and that was MJC. 

Q:  If you could have your entire wardrobe designed for you by a single clothing designer for the rest of your life, who would that be?

A:   I adore St. John’s line.  I love the classic lines and lady-like cuts.  Their clothes are timeless.

Q:  Chocolate or Vanilla?

A:  Vanilla

Q:  Salty or sweet?

A:  Sweet

So, how about all of you out there.  I am SO inspired by the Africa trip our girls took and the life changing experience it was for them.  If you could travel to anywhere in the world for a life changing experience, where would you go and why?  I’m excited to hear all of the many locations I’ve never even thought of.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!



JackieF - June 6, 2012 - 11:53 pm

If I could go anywhere, I’d love to go to Hawaii.
I am a huge Lost fan and fell in love with the Islands.
The scenery looks amazing, the weather looks incredible.
I’m also hoping to find Jack in the Bamboo…;)

yoga_lat_te - June 5, 2012 - 4:14 pm

I agree with CAMILLEBERNICE completely: I would love to visit Springfield, MO, so that I can sit down and have a nice chat with Nat while her absolutely gorgeous girls and my kiddos play together …:-). After reading her comments, I feel as though we are on the same wave length, so to speak, on so many levels. Really enjoyed reading this entry, as I always do with the “Candid Keeper” series!

Lisa Beard - June 5, 2012 - 7:44 am

I think India would be a life changer as would Haiti. My church takes a trip to Haiti every other year, so maybe someday…

Lynne H - June 4, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Budapest, Hungary – My grandmother fled Hungary at the age of 16 during the revolution and lost her entire family. I was too young to appreciate the stories she would tell me when I was younger and she is no longer around.

Karen Eisman - June 4, 2012 - 1:00 pm

AAAHHH! Love the portraits of Nat, she is my trunk keeper (and fabulous might I add!)
My one “dream spot” would be Alaska to breathe the fresh ‘close to nature’ air, to absorb a culture of purity. And on my way home to stop at every small town to enjoy the home cooking, hear town stories and to met people you’ll never forget. There are so many cultures and “ways of life” her at my back door I don’t need to go to far away.

Alyssa P - June 3, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Egypt to see the pyramids!

Amber vaughn - June 3, 2012 - 8:15 am

It’s hard to pick one place because I think it would be so amazing to experience different places and cultures around the world..anywhere from Tibet to Scotland to Laos to name a few.

Sara Burke - June 2, 2012 - 4:40 am

For about 10 years now, I’ve wanted to go make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. I think it would be incredible to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. It would be enlightening to see the sights mentioned in the Bible.

Carrie K - June 1, 2012 - 12:52 pm

My husband and I would love to go to Peru and visit the Mayan ruins in Machu Picchu because I am obsessed with this mysterious ancient civilization! Also, I am a total nerd and loved the Celestine Prophecy…and I know that the book was fictional, but I really LOVE the concepts presented in that book. Could you imagine what the world would be like if everyone strived to live by those insights? We were actually planning a trip this year since 2012 is the last year of the Mayan Calendar, but with baby #2 on the way now, we are going to have to wait a little while. We did get to visit the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico this year so I guess that is a close 2nd! If 2012 does not bring on the end of the world, maybe we will get to visit Peru in 2013 ; )

CamilleBernice - June 1, 2012 - 12:33 pm

I think I need to go to Springfield and hug Nat! Pure goodness I tell ya!

Courtney Puhl - June 1, 2012 - 10:11 am

I would love to go to Ireland one day! My mother’s father was from Ireland and I’ve always been drawn to all things Irish! I would love to see all of the green, the countryside, and the castles. Maybe one day I’ll get there!

Suni Schwartz - June 1, 2012 - 9:41 am

I volunteered at Kalighat in Calcutta for a couple weeks after college. Witnessing smiles on faces of those living in the most extreme poverty resolutely put things in perspective for me then and for the rest of my life!

BetsyReagan - June 1, 2012 - 9:33 am

Not to be redundant but I have always wanted to travel to Africa, my husband went a couple years ago to do some medical missions in Ghana, I was pregnant with our third at the time and couldn’t go… But even before that my husband and I have dreamed of retiring and spending most of our time somewhere in Africa serving in medical missions somehow. why Africa, I can’t even place this spot in my heart that has always loved it. I just know I need to go!!

Dawn M - June 1, 2012 - 8:46 am

Paris France! It looks so romantic and I would love to experience it with my family. 😉

M. Joy Williams - June 1, 2012 - 8:20 am

If I could travel anywhere for a life-changing experience it would be Ireland because I would love to meet family that I’ve never met. If it were a mission to help others I’d say Honduras, but I’ve already visited there. That’s what makes me realize how much we have and how little they have. Maybe some inner city missions would be life-changing as well. It is crazy how many kids/families are homeless in the US today because of this economy. Hard working Americans that just can’t find a job after their company had lay-offs one went bankrupt.