Written by Rose Luciano

Names hold power. For a long time, I’ve lived with names that have brought me nothing but pain and grief. For a long time, I was not only in an emotionally abusive relationship but I allowed many people in my life to define who I was.

Through a hard process, I have chosen to change my own name from Jennifer/Jenn to Rose. I want to share with you why I did this and hopefully help you to evolve and grow as you go through your own evolution.

I was unhappy with who I was. The names Jennifer and Jenn remind me that for a long time, I lived as if I was defined by all of that negativity. Jennifer was abused in many ways by many people and Jenn was hard, cold, and aggressive. I hated the woman she was and although I am thankful for where she has helped me to get to, I am ready to release her and evolve into a better version of myself.

It was necessary for me to change my name because I was tired of being defined by all of that negativity. It was when I found coworking and began to dive into self reflection that I realized that it was my middle name, Rose, that truly spoke to the positive things in my life. Rose is all that is, a warm loving person and embracing this name speaks to the forward direction that my life is headed in.

It wasn’t easy for me to accept this change. It took a lot of work to become comfortable with all that this change would mean. Now, I am inviting all that know me, whether they be coworkers, friends or family, to please refer to me as Rose from this point in my life, forward. If they cannot do this, I will be unable to hold space for them in my life.

Please know, the purpose behind this is two fold: to live out my own truth as well as offer others an opportunity to do the same for themselves. As I live out of my own #fulltank, I have learned this to be true: If you fill your heart, you will fuel your freedom.

I have filled my heart with all that is Rose. Now I am free. What do you need to fill your heart with?  

About The Author

Anne Kirby started her first design and marketing company in 1999. After feeling the effects of social isolation, she acknowledged the need for a collaborative community and started a social networking group called The Creative House of Lancaster in 2007. Anne founded her thriving coworking space, The Candy Factory, in 2010 after identifying the need amongst members for a shared collaborative workspace. Eventually moving into a larger space in 2014, the Candy Factory inhabits 14,000 square feet of space in the historic Lancaster Storage Company. Anne also opened Rock Candy, a second location coworking space at POD 2 on the Rock Lititz Campus in January of 2017. The Candy Factory and Rock Candy serve as coworking communities which provide professional yet relaxed work environments for people looking for creative, affordable ways to work. Her coworking spaces focuses on connecting members and building relationships while providing the means to grow personally and professionally. Additionally, Anne recently opened a social enterprise cafe called Perkup & Co. which employs disadvantaged city youth in collaboration with The Mix at Arbor Place. As well as running these three companies, Anne also facilitates an all women’s group called Kick-Ass Female Entrepreneurs and manages an online promotional platform called DO. that looks to connect Lancaster, York and Harrisburg businesses. Anne actively speaks locally to organizations like SCORE, Cultivate Lancaster, and others on the topic of coworking and cultivating community. Building a strong downtown business community is her mission and coworking is her passion!

One Response

  1. David A. Sholes Jr.

    Thank you Anne for an inspiring story of how she is safe and ‘rose’ above past circumstances. Today she gave kind words and advice toward my future business plans.


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