Hey moms! We’re so excited to bring you another edition of our Moms to See in the 843 series! We love sharing more about these moms/business owners/community activists/all-around amazing women that are doing important work at home and in our city.
We’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Rosage, who you might already be familiar with from her popular fashion-focused Instagram page, but would you believe it if we told you that Rebecca is also a single mom, police officer, and an entrepreneur?! We were amazed too, so we dove in to find out a little more about this inspiring local mama.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am 31 years old and mother to a 10-year-old boy. I have been a police officer here in the Charleston area for eight years and despite the emotional rollercoaster that comes with Law Enforcement, I am still surviving. That’s another secret weapon that mothers have. We know how to survive and make things happen! I began fashion blogging initially as a hobby to break away from the chaos of being a police officer, but my love for fashion and femininity allowed it to bloom into something more.
After two years of blogging and several opportunities of working with different brands and boutiques in the Lowcountry, I decided to use that passion and start my own business. I started my online boutique LewksbyFashionPolice843 in August of 2020 and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision. Working in a male-dominated profession, it is not only important to stay true to who you are and what you stand for but to also never lose your femininity. You can rock your heels and lipstick on your days off and still come back to work and do your job just as efficiently as the biggest guy on the force.
A single mom, a police officer, a fashion blogger, and now a business owner. WOW! And, HOW? How do you do it all? Is there such a thing as balancing when trying to juggle it all?
OMG, there is definitely a balance. There has to be. The good thing is, I have my work schedule for the whole year so I am able to navigate the majority of things around that. When it comes to spending time with my kid, I will usually plan time during the day and am sure to make each moment count. We travel often so those moments matter. Blogging can happen in the middle of the night and thank God for scheduled content, lol. Sometimes it all runs together but we get it done. My son is my teammate and a good sport. Of course, it helps that he is older now.
What is one thing that has surprised you about motherhood?
Motherhood is something that no woman is truly prepared for but one that we approach head-on with no regrets! One thing that has surprised me about motherhood is the fact that those days when you feel like you haven’t been good enough, maybe you started dinner too late, your kids still love you and think you’re awesome. I’ve learned not to beat myself up about small things because children see your effort and they really think you’re awesome.
What has been the most challenging and the most rewarding parts of all of your different roles?
The most challenging are those days when work totally sucked and I have nothing left over to give. I usually hug my son and go to my room and just crash! Or when I’m in my room crying because of a scene at work and I’m just trying to decompress. Those days are hard because I feel like I’m robbing him while trying to be successful. The most rewarding is when he watches me and he sees me doing all of these things and the look on his face is just priceless. I know he will always hold those memories that his mom went and did everything she set her mind to. Hopefully, that mindset will pour into him.
Any final words of wisdom for our mom community?
My goal is to use my life and my journey as a testament to all women out there. Just because you’re a single parent doesn’t mean you failed at life. Just because you’re a police officer doesn’t mean that you have to shave your head and chew tobacco to fit in with the guys. Be YOU!! Be kind. Share a smile. Stay true to who you are and offer this world some authenticity. Those are the traits that will leave a mark in your community.
To the beautiful moms out there, I would say, “You’re doing an amazing job and your babies see you!” Whether you’re a working mom, a single mom, or a stay at home mom, I am right there with you. Also, don’t feel guilty taking time for yourself. If you don’t care for yourself, how can you expect to be the best version of you for your kids?
Check out some of our other Moms to See in the 843!
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Moms to See in the 843: Kate Camp & BabyQuip
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Moms to See in the 843: Lindsey Henderson & Activism with Kids
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