My parents have done so much for me and they helped me start my business and they have their own full time jobs and they come and work here. And they have to deal with my stress more than anyone else especially around the holidays when I’m mega grouch and like stressed to the limit and they deal with that. So what keeps me going is knowing that if I keep working hard I’ll be able to do something for them. Like this is their retirement plan and I don’t want to put my parents in a nursing home when I am older. I’d like to be able to do something better for them—not better, that’s not the right thing to say, but I’d like to take care of my parents and make sure that they are set, that they can retire and not have to worry about it. I really want to get into real estate and own some apartment buildings and stuff one day. They can sell their house and live there for free. That is like my ultimate goal. So that’s something that definitely keeps me going and I just know that if I keep working hard that things will pay off. So I’ve always wanted to—I’ve really respected my mom that she always loved her job and she never really cared about making a ton of money or anything. She just wanted to do what she loved and on the flip side my dad has always made a little bit more money, but has always hated his job. And growing up and seeing that I just want to be happy like my mom. So for me, I just want to continue to do something that I love and not worry about anything else. So if I keep working hard and still love what I do, then that’s what keeps me going.
Renee King was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1989, to Paul and Barbara King. Renee attended Worcester State University and received a degree in Psychology. During, college she started making cupcakes from her parent’s kitchen and began selling them. After she graduated she opened up her own business, The Queen’s Cups. In this interview, Renee discusses her struggles with balancing work life and taking care of her health. She also has encountered difficult times during her life, but talks about her amazing support system that keeps her going. Renee talks about how this past year has been the worst year of her personal life, yet it was the best year for her business. She believes a balance needs to be put in place to help equal both out. Renee talks about her community involvement and how she gives back to Worcester. Renee has received several accomplishments in her life, including “Best Bakery” and “Best Dessert” in the Millbury/Sutton Chronicle Readers Poll. However, her greatest achievement is making her parents proud.