We had the good fortune of connecting with Gaby Wentworth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gaby, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have a masters degree in social work and worked in mental health prior to being a sleep consultant. Working in mental health you learn that it can take a long time before your clients experience dramatic change. Being a sleep consultant you learn that your clients can experience dramatic change in a few days. It’s amazing. When I became a mom I struggled with my children’s sleep so so much. Because I was exhausted from being up all night with kids my work suffered, my marriage suffered, and I second guessed my abilities as a mom. Back then sleep consultants were not as well known but I heard about one in Atlanta from a friend and hired her immediately. With her help and guidance my children started sleeping well rather quickly. Soon after they slept well, my husband and I started sleeping well. Then everything in life became easier and we all functioned better. The dramatic turnaround was incredible. It was 2 weeks and we were like a different family. Educating, supporting and coaching caregivers while solving their children’s sleep issues results in such a positive impact on families in such a short amount of time. Having experienced it myself there was no way that I was not going to learn what I needed to learn to pass this gift on to other families. When I did my training in early 2017 I knew that it was a perfect opportunity to merge my entrepreneurial spirit, which I inherited from my dad, with my need to help people lead better lives, which I inherited from my mom. I do what I do to help people function in the best way that they can. Sleep is critical for both our physical and mental health and I’m so proud to play a role in helping families get the sleep that they so desperately need.
What should our readers know about your business?
I love Rockabye Rockies, my little business that could. Jamie and I work our tails off to be sure that our families feel supported and as though they know what they are doing when it comes to solving their children’s sleep issues. I am so proud that this tiny business idea is still here 3+ years later and that I now have an amazing colleague to share the ride with. Building the business hasn’t been easy per se, but it has been a total joy. I love what I do and have had the most amazing clients. Working intimately with families is such a gift. The team at Rockabye Rockies gives folks one-on-one attention and we are available when families need support. There are a million books and videos people can watch to get sleep help for their children. Fortunately each child and family is different and don’t necessarily fit into what the book or video is saying. We are here to fill in the gaps that the videos and books leave. Owning a business always presents challenges and because of this I’ve definitely learned my fair share of things over the past few years. For instance, outsource what you are bad at. I am not a creative person so I need a lot of help in the marketing and branding arena. I’ve also learned to expect the best and prepare for the worst. Covid has really impacted the amount of people looking for individualized sleep help. We are setup to stay afloat but I am learning a lot about how to keep things going when times are a bit tough. Rockabye Rockies is a sleep consulting business that is simply here to help families get the best sleep possible. Jamie and I are delighted to be able to serve any family who needs our expertise. We do so by providing the most up to date guidance in a timely manner. We keep our prices affordable so we can serve as many families as possible and look forward to helping whoever finds us next.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Assuming Covid is not a thing…. I am a total foodie so I’d take them to delicious restaurants in Denver. The few I’m feeling like lately include: Safta, The Plimoth, Work and Class, and Izakaya Den. I’d also drag them to hike outside of the city at either Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Roxborough State Park or Alderfer Three Sisters. If it was with girls I’d head to the Four Seasons for a spa day and the Brown Palace for tea! For guys and gals I love drinking in the highlands at any spot that has a crowd or in RINO! For just a drink I love The Thin Man on 17th. Federal is full of amazing food and Colfax is classic for people watching as is south Broadway. And of course all of the museums from Nature and Science to the art museum to the MCA and the train museum in Golden are amazing. There is so much to do in and around Denver. We are really lucky to live here.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband for his unwavering support as well as my dad, sisters and my mom who is undoubtedly looking down from above cheering me on.