HEY, HEY, HEY!
My name is Stephanie and am quirky, spunky, funky, and fierce. So lets just get that straight. I am a masssssssive doggy lover (mama of 4 fur babies), and I have a slight potty mouth.
And WELCOME to Self Love with Stephanie! <3 ((((HAPPY DANCE)))))
Let me share a little bit about myself and my journey with you.
In 2016, I had the honor of speaking at a TED event. This talk explains how my life was changed in a moment, and it was this talk that has led me on what is turning out to be one of my greatest adventures... Self Love with Stephanie.
I decided to listen to my heart and channel my greatest purpose. It was time to make a bigger impact on the world, and become an unfiltered voice for self-love. (And I am LOUD, so world – watch out!) My mission is to help others learn how to forgive, and love yourself - no matter what you’ve been through and where you are in this exact moment. Because dammit, you are amazing and NO ONE has the power to change that fact.
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. EVERYTHING is an opportunity to grow and make us stronger. I have learned in my short 30 years, not only was I created to handle a shit-ton, but that my past has giving me one of my greatest gifts. An opportunity to help other. My past made me STRONG enough to learn how to forgive others, forgive myself, and ultimately love unconditionally.
So here is the hard but necessary part of my journey. The challenges that shaped my passion for change and awareness for SELF-LOVE.
I have lived through 3 decades of sexual abuse, from multiple people. I have a lifelong battle with depression. I suffer from PTSD, night terrors, body dysmorphia and the occasional anxiety attacks. I had to abruptly walk away from my entire family to protect myself and future children. And, I have even been hospitalized for suicide. Pretty shitty right? It was. But I’m not here to focus on that, but I did want you to know that I’ve been through it. Through it all. And I want YOU to know that I made it. I survived, not only did I survive, but I am THRIVING.
And guess what the biggest lesson I’ve learned through all of these horrific events? They had NOTHING to do with me. They were done TO me. Which was not my fault.
I am powerful. I am strong. I am a survivor. I am amazing. And… most importantly? I am still worthy of love! AS ARE YOU!
Now how did I get to this happy, peaceful, healing place? Pull myself out of the depression… suicidal thoughts… anxiety attacks? Not alone. Hell no. Hands-down the biggest thing that literally saved my life was therapy! I have been in therapy consistently since college, for about a year or so I was going minimum of twice a week. The majority were to individual sessions, but I learned so much from rape and sexual assault support groups as well. If I assume that every session cost $100, my best guess is that I have received about $70,000 worth of therapy. (Say what?? Crazy right?!?)
I believe that everybody should go to counseling. Whether you have traumatic experiences or not. It gives you such a wonderful perspective on your life, and situations that you might never see otherwise. I understand and accept that some of you will still never go to therapy. And that is okay! Whether it's because of finances, lack of insurance, or the fact that you do not feel comfortable sitting on a couch opening up to a stranger. I totally get it.
That is why I started my mission. That is how Self Love with Stephanie was born. I want to share HOW I have transformed my life, and learned to forgive and love myself for all that I am, and all that I am WORTH. I will be sharing the tips and tricks I've learned over the years from multiple therapists. And my ultimate goal for YOU is to help guide your personal journey of self-love.
Now, lets get real y’all. It is so important that you understand that I am not a therapist in anyway, shape or form. Ya better believe! Nor will I ever claim to be. My mission is simple. Share my personal experiences and give insight into what has worked for ME in hopes that some of these strategies will work for you as well.
I am jumping up and down excited to have you here. Please be sure to sign up for my self-love insider group for blog updates, and more.
Can’t wait to get to know you, beautiful!
With lots of SELF-LOVE,