Rose, by any other name, would be just as awesome to meet for Coffee #21.
I was also lucky enough to meet her two sons, five years old and one. Her oldest chatted amicably about his favorite Star Wars villain, it's...no wait...he has two and they're...no wait, actually he has a couple. This led to a discussion about how the Emperor got "yucky". I believe it has something to do with a purple lightsaber.
After Rose got settled with her youngest, I learned that she and her husband moved to St. Louis from Chicago only two years ago. She knew she wanted more time with the kids but she had a good job with AT&T. After she had their youngest her husband got a promotion that would move them to St. Louis. Everything worked out perfectly, she left her job and hasn't looked back (although she does sometimes miss the independence and the people). She speculates that if she'd felt more of a mission or more passion about her job, she'd feel differently about leaving.
Besides her kids, she's since found something that she's passionate about and provides that sense of mission. We've all heard of the review site, Yelp!. Well, Rose's old boss from Chicago contacted her about doing a similar concept, but with a focus on Senior Living Communities, Home Care and Retirement Homes. During her C.N.A. training she had her own first hand experiences with extremes in the standards of care from place to place, so she was very happy to jump on board with the idea!
Rose and her boss have been working on this project for a year now and after multiple set-backs, they're very close! The excitement that she feels for this is because she hopes that she'll be helping the ageing population, but also the people who are currently experiencing neglectful care, as well as helping the institutions that are providing top notch care.
Right now they're preparing for the final rounds of the Arch Grants (for more information on Arch Grants visithttp://archgrants.org/), which they hope will help them get a solid marketing plan in place and jump start the reviews.
The two of them considered launching this website in Chicago, but opted for St. Louis because as Rose said, "The St. Louis entrepreneurial scene is so awesome" and she's been amazed by the people and the support they've received from everyone here.
I loved hearing about Rose's mission, learning how the Emperor got "yucky" and playing drums on the table with her youngest.
Insights: There are more bad guys in Star Wars than I thought. I need to re-watch it.
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