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LSU, Manchester Polytechnic
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Hey, I’m Shawna!

Austin, Texas, United States · Member since October 2013
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New places and a love for travel have always been a way of life for me. Because of my Dad's career we moved around quite a bit when I was a kid. By the time I was 12 our family of five had already lived in 4 states and 7 cities.

My father is from the great state of Maine, Skowhegan to be exact. The youngest of 13 siblings, a life long Eagle Scout, a Captain in the Marine Corps, a true Company Man. The first person in his family to graduate from college he earned a full scholarship, served in Vietnam and then worked 37 years as an executive for Shell Oil Company. He is an endless source of patience, love and kindness. My best friends like to refer to him as "a living saint" and it's true.

My mother was born and raised in post-war Japan. Just 17 when she left her native country and moved to the US, she worked as a nanny and a florist while studying english at night. Artistic, a fantastic cook, crafty; a real natural at making anything, including friends. She was a stickler for quality, always preaching the merits of mindfulness in everything. Even making up a bed was an opportunity for artistic expression. My mom was seriously skilled at creating beauty from scratch, especially in the home.

I am just an apple that didn't fall far. The love and passion I have for hosting people and creating comfort comes directly from watching the two of them.

Now firmly rooted in Austin since 2008, where I live happily with my husband and our two boys, we have no plans of moving anytime soon. We still love to travel but stay pretty busy at home too.

Chasing after 4 year old twins and keeping up with all the new happenings around town is a full time job in itself.

My Life Motto: Wabi Sabi