Rochelle’s Story

“Be kind to everyone you meet, and treat everyone with respect. We desperately need more love in this world.”

–Rochelle

When you were younger, what did you think your life would look like as an adult?

Growing up, I think I had a typical picture of what my life would look like: go to college, get married, own a home, and have kids. But I think our culture incorrectly teaches us that we have to follow a very specific timeline for each of those.

Regarding roommates: I have had a number of them – 16 to be exact! Not all at the same time thankfully … But the two who stand out the most were my very first college roommates; two girls who completely changed my life and are still my best friends to this day. They taught me how to be a “strong independent woman,” and I will forever be grateful for that!

What does your life look like now?

I quickly learned that life doesn’t happen exactly the way we envision. And even though I am a “planner” and wish I could know every last detail – life can actually be much better than our original plans!

A year out of school, I ended up meeting my amazing boyfriend on a blind date (who would have guessed?!) that was organized by a friend. We have now been together for almost three years and are enjoying living life together!

What were the pivotal moments and decisions that led you to where you are today?

I think one of the most pivotal moments in my life was getting my job at the Chamber of Commerce. I have learned so much about how to network, how to market a company, and most of all, how to be a successful business professional. I am so grateful for my coworkers, who have also been such incredible mentors to me.

What do you love about your life in this moment?

My loved ones, my friends, my job, and the opportunities I’ve had to travel!

What brings you joy/fills your soul?

Definitely the fact that the Jonas Brothers are back together. Their music brings bring me pure, undeniable joy. Can I get an amen?!

If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?

My mom always taught me that we are here on this earth to “Love God and love others,” and I have always remembered that. I think it is the best advice I could give anyone.

Be kind to everyone you meet, and treat everyone with respect. We desperately need more love in this world.

And lastly, I would say, try not to compare yourself to anyone. Social media can be deceptive, and we never know what kind of struggles other people may be facing. Have confidence in yourself and withhold judgement from others.

What do you wish everyone knew about their local Chamber of Commerce?

I highly recommend joining your local Chamber of Commerce! For those of you who are not familiar, a Chamber of Commerce is an organization that helps facilitate and grow the local business community. Additionally, they provide business education, information about local, state, and national government, and assistance to local businesses.

Chambers of Commerce also have many networking opportunities and events. If networking sounds intimidating to you –– don’t worry! It just takes practice and a Chamber of Commerce is the perfect place to learn.

If you are just starting out your career or even if you’ve been in the work field for many years –– I highly recommend finding your local Chamber, giving them a call, and seeing what opportunities they have!

How can readers connect with you?

I would love to stay in contact! I started a Photography Instagram account (just for fun!) at: @RochelleChantalPhoto

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