REBECCA FRENCH grew up in Nerja which gave her a head start with Spanish and birth of her love for Spain.
When her mother returned to her home town the roundabout city and grazing area for concrete cows, Milton Keynes, she of course found something of a change leaving Spain for the UK at the age of seven.
Rebecca settled back and completed her schooling in Milton Keynes having obtained a National Diploma in Fashion and Business and was delighted to start working full time for a new telecoms company that had been set up from the division of Phones4U. As she says, “What an opportunity!”
“Working my way up in the company I loved the structure, dedication and being part of a hugely profitable company from the beginning. Working alongside the directors, the knowledge I picked up was priceless” Rebecca adds.
But as life does, it all got a bit too much and at the ripe age of 21, she flew to Sevilla, then on to Valencia where she was part of an internship to learn Spanish and merge into the Lifestyle in a local Hostel chain. Loving the fiesta scene and embracing the new environment Rebecca began writing for a small British magazine, reviewing local activities and art galleries.
“Struggling to find my passion in life; a few years later I ventured down to Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol where I set up a Virtual Assistant business and found Costa Women and founder Ali Meehan before eventually moving to Marbella.
“Through the group and the connections I was making; the hours increased and the projects begun flowing. Friendly advice, positive attitude and determination encouraged me at every business meeting, every coffee catch up and every party!
“Strangers became connections, connections became colleagues and business partners and then, finally, friends.
“The ladies have been a breath of fresh air, with ranging ages and differing goals, we all have the same ideology.”
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In late 2016 she took over a Property Management company and has loved every minute of it. Keeping the business small and dedicating her efforts and resources to providing solutions to the needs of her clients.
“The ladies in my life are my inspiration; my mum and my French nan (Méme). They have been my motivation, helping me revel in the highs and motivating me through the lows.
“I’ve always enjoyed being my own boss, but it also comes with the sole responsibility of creating your own happiness and finding the right balance between work and life.
“Approaching 30 I have finally come to accept the Spanish way of life, a relaxed outlook and enough sun, sea and sangria to celebrate every occasion.”