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Every single step, every experience, led me to where I am today, and who I am today, to live my soul story
I was the girl who’s parents parted ways when she was two. Who never felt safe and who was always scared. Who’s innocence was taken by a trusted member of the family before she was old enough to realize it was wrong.
Who had zero self-worth and only felt suffering. Who longed for love and acceptance, but only felt rejection. Who could no longer take her pain and for a few years turned to anything and everything to numb it all away. Who didn’t care if she woke up the next day and several times was surprised she did.
Who looked for love in all the wrong places, who kept making all the wrong choices, who kept the cycle of pain going because she didn’t know how to stop it. Who then would convince herself it wasn’t rape, because it was a friend. The girl who later realized and accepted what had been done to her only to blame herself and carry around even more guilt and shame.
I was the girl who thought she found peace and her way out of the chaos to normalcy, but married the wrong one way too soon, way too young, and it was another disaster decision made in the dark.
I was the girl who kept on trying and kept on loving after every devastation, after every heartbreak and trauma…still lost, still broken, determined to pick up the pieces of her messy life. Who thought she found her prince after all, who lost her family because she chose him over them, but who thought maybe the second time would be different…and peace, stability, freedom, and the beginning of healing seemed to be hers…and she was able to catch her breath for a moment.
She did learn, and she did grow, and she did start to heal, shed her shame, and forgive herself and others for her past, but, she was also trapped in a whole new world of hell. And soon what seemed to once give her new life, slowly started taking it from her, and it was a slow, excruciating death of the girl and the life she worked so hard to build. The loyalty, love, and devotion she put into what she thought was her forever came crumbling down almost a decade later. And she didn’t know how she’d ever recover.
….oh, but did she ever…
I am the girl who was sent an angel to stand by her side because we’re not meant to do life alone. Who picked up the pieces one more time and moved across the country to become who she was always meant to be. I am the girl who faced so many fears, did things she never thought she could do and met the most incredible, amazing human angels along the way.
I am the girl who found her purpose in all that pain and knows nothing we go through in life is wasted. Who went on a journey to discover, transform, and awaken into a woman who fell in love with herself for the first time and finally felt whole. Who realized her worth, and how incredibly invaluable she was. Who was actually never broken, but who was beautifully, uniquely, perfectly designed to be exactly who the Divine created her to be, to live out her purpose and to help others do the same.
I am the girl who knows I am not the things I’ve done, or the things that have been done to me. And who knows every single step, every experience, led me to where I am today, and who I am today, to live my soul story…and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Fitness, Nutrition, and Adventure Junkie; Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher; Certified in Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University
Hi. I’m Stef.
Here’s what I am not: I’m not perfect. I drink wine daily (maybe too much), and I am known to use bad language. There are times I have unkind thoughts…and occasionally they spill out as words. Also, sometimes I eat white bread and potato chips (sometimes together…gasp!). There. It’s out.
That said, I am consciously working everyday to become a better, kinder, happier version of myself. Some days progress is slow. However, I continue to learn and grow, and I want to share my knowledge and experiences to encourage and benefit other people. For me, a big part of the journey is physically challenging and fueling my body and my mind through fitness, plant based nutrition, and outdoor adventure.
Get this…I have a graduate level education in Banking and spent 19 years in a corporate career. Even during my executive years though, my passion for fitness held priority. I would wake each day calculating time to figure out how I was going to put in my eight hours, plus a lunch workout, pre-work mountain bike ride or dog hike, after work yoga class…and still plan and create delicious healthy meals. I scheduled ski chair business meetings every chance I got, and I secretly daydreamed about being a celebrity plant based chef. My weekends were spent cycling or cross country skiing when I should have been putting in extra hours. Sometimes, even while at my desk, I would geek out reading studies on things like exercise physiology, body composition, and macronutrients.
So you see, I have been a student of everything wellness for most of my adult life. Even more importantly, I have been living it every day. Recently, I decided that I could best benefit myself and the rest of the world by leaving corporate behind and pursuing only the things I love. In doing so, I hope to inspire and educate others to help them also live their best, fittest, and most fulfilling lives.
Here’s something else I am not: I’m not here to body shame anyone. I believe fitness can come in many shapes. For me, however, I just feel better (more energy and self confidence) when I am leaner. Perhaps some of that is based on societal pressures…but generally speaking, the habits that promote a leaner body tend to be healthier habits. If you are not trying to lose weight or body fat, that’s okay, but that might be a byproduct of getting to know me better.
So, what do I want you to take from me? I want you to know how good it feels to push beyond perceived limitations, trying things that may seem intimidating or uncomfortable. I want to share how being fit need not equal dreaded workouts, punctuated by tiny amounts of blah food. Oh, and that “easy” goals can lead to real change. I want you to see for yourself that adding more plants to your diet is not only delicious, but it will bring more health and compassion into your life (to your own body, the planet, and other animals). Mostly, I want you to truly believe that you can do anything if you just make an effort and do it.
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