We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Kessler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
There’s a Nigerian proverb I love that says, “where you fell, there your God pushed you”. It’s been my mantra over the last year. It reminds me to find purpose in life’s most devastating and challenging moments– To trust that I’m where I need to be, even if it’s hard– To always find a path forward and move along that path with as much self-possession as I can.
Those moments in life when you’re sinking in the metaphorical deep end, wondering when or if you’ll come up for air and feeling unanchored…those moments can also be full of possibility and transformation. When you reach the bottom of the pool, you can choose to push off with everything you’ve got and breakthrough the surface.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’ve been in the field of early childhood education for the better part of two decades. Serving families and young children has been my life’s work.
After a heartbreaking lay-off due to pandemic budget cuts, I found myself unemployed (for the first time in my life), and panicked to support my daughter (as a single mother). As tempting as it was to find the first “safe” job that came along, I knew there was a calling for something else. I knew I wanted to create something of my own, where my career and my home life could blend into one manageable and enjoying operation. I knew my daughter was watching. I wanted to show her that when you’re broken into a million pieces, you can choose to sift through, have a look at what you’re made of and rebuild.
Securing a location for my new school became a battle of will and a surrender of manifestation. I wrote letters, I saved money, I designed the logo, I stopped to cry when I needed to, I envisioned my preschool, I applied for “back-up” jobs, I parented, I stopped to breath when I needed to and I kept focused on my new business.
And- I MADE ALL OF IT HAPPEN. My daughter and I moved into our new home in Santa Monica, which we ferociously converted to a boutique preschool in under two months. We opened to the public in January of 2022 and serve a small community of families. I’m so proud of the warm, educational environment I’ve created at Sunny Days Preschool and so grateful that I got to do it in tandem with my daughter.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When people come to visit me, I take them to do all of MY favorite things. They may request to see the sidewalk stars in Hollywood or shopping on Rodeo drive, but that’s likely because no one has taken them to a great yoga class and then a drive up PCH. I like to pack a picnic lunch from Bay Cities Deli and head to the lawns at the Getty Museum. I love to hike at Los Leones, see a spectacular view and then grab a smoothie at Juicy Ladies. And while we’re at it, let’s grab some dinner/margaritas at Jonah’s Kitchen and then end the night with some live music in my living room…I am a singer/songwriter after all!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh, this one is easy! My best friend, who nominated me for this Shoutout, definitely deserves an honorable mention here. Her name is Paola and she was my sounding board, shoulder to cry on and biggest cheerleader throughout the last year as I pivoted and started my own business. Everyone deserves a friend like her.
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