Rosie Schmitgen is a busy woman who believes that putting family first helps keep everything else in their right place. A wife and the mother of three vivacious and busy children, Rosie is also an entrepreneur, running two businesses she co-owns with her husband. With the flexibility of being a self-employed businesswoman, Rosie is able to keep focused on her family while still growing her businesses, all from home.
After several years of buying and flipping properties for resale, Rosie and her husband Allen started Schmitgen Rentals 17 years ago. A home and apartment rental business based in Corpus Christi, the company rents fully furnished and unfurnished homes and apartments to vacationing families or traveling business people throughout the year. With a 15-year background in retail management, Rosie’s desire to serve people by providing them what they need has helped to grow the company each year since its start.
Her other company, Beyond Espresso of Corpus Christi, which was started seven years ago, is a rental company of commercial grade coffee machines from Italy. Targeted for placement in small and large businesses, Rosie also provides rental of the popular cappuccino and latte making coffee machines for special events, private parties, and fundraisers around the country.
Rosie lives in Corpus Christi where she has been happily married to Allen Schmitgen for over 18 years. She loves being a cheerleader to her kids, Justin, Caleb, and Aleena, as they grow into their own individually creative self. But balancing the life of a wife, mom, and business owner can definitely take its toll. And as women, sometimes we are the last ones to take note. For Rosie, it was her oldest son Justin who recently told her that she needed to start taking better care of herself. Noticing how tired his mom was getting by the end of each day, 15 year old Justin told her that it was because she wasn’t eating right and not getting enough regular exercise.
What a revelation coming from a teenager! What was probably more shocking to Rosie was both of her sons insistence on her providing them with healthier food options for their meals, as well as their desire to join a gym so that they could get regular exercise. As if the roles were reversed, it was mama Rosie who pushed back. “I tried to explain to my sons how time consuming it would be to research all of the right foods, in addition to adding another trip to an already hectic schedule by trying to get them to and from the gym throughout the week.”
But Justin pushed back harder. “Mom, I have researched the foods, I will tell you what to buy and I will help you prepare our meals for the week,” he said, showing an incredibly high level of maturity for a teenage boy. So Rosie agreed to give it a try, and has made plans for the whole family to join a local gym and work out together. But it is the last words of her son’s plea that is probably the most worth sharing. They are words that ring true for everyone, and hopefully will prove inspirational to those of you reading this, as you go through the day, and plan your week, and wonder how you can fit even one more thing in it.
“In being organized we will eat better, have more time for things, and be healthier.” Justin Schmitgen (15 year old kid who wants his family to live a better life)