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Life & Work with Reecee Rae

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reecee Rae.

Hi Reecee, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Well, where do I start? Just a mother out to break generational curses, provide for my community and be my genuine self. I started volunteering when my daughter was in Pre-K; from there, I was showered with opportunities and praises and thought I was doing what needed to be done as a mother. I gained professional skills and educational certifications from those opportunities that I didn’t think I was qualified for. I have now stopped doubting myself and have  stepped fully into the work. Now I hold certifications, a degree, board seats, and am a two-time grant winner (I wrote the grant proposals myself, no help, might I add).
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth road, lol. More like Goodfellow between Natural Bridge and 70. It’s been a bumpy ride, but I wouldn’t be where I’m at without the bumps. Nothing in life is easy. It’s just how you travel on the road. There were time restrictions between being a mother and a caregiver for my grandparents. Making sure that I give my daughter what she needs (physically, emotionally, and mentally), provide and assist the community with what they need, and not forget my needs. Because if your cup is empty, how can you fill other cups? I have learned more about my community and their needs than I knew before but I also learned how to find and provide the resources. But the major lesson I learned is, be effective and informed. 
 
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I wear a lot of hats! I am the Freight Agent/ Operations Manager at Shaeffer Logistics., Co-Host of the Love Drought Podcast, and Community Planning Co-Chair at Beyond Housing. I specialize in Analytical Problem Solving. If I have a problem to solve , I can definitely pull the pieces together to resolve it. I am most proud of the community work I’ve done, from assisting in organizing and volunteering for the Trap Run in the Greater Ville Area to planning and organizing THREE 24:1 Community Conferences, where Congresswoman Cori Bush was a guest speaker. And most recently, a graduate of the NLA and NLF programs powered the University of Missouri. What sets me apart from others? Lol, I’m unapologetically me. My imperfections make the perfect me, and no one else can be me or have or will make the impact I am making.
What matters most to you? Why?
My community. My child! The next generation. Social media and society have a big influence on the activities that everyone partakes in. In my work, I want to show that despite your upbringing or environment, the next generation can beat society’s standards and soar.

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