“I was taught that I needed to look a specific way or wear makeup or fit in with societal beauty types. I went from sneaking makeup and putting it on at my friends house before school (took A LOT of work!) to finding college life had no place for that kind of detail and decided not to wear makeup for the rest of my life.I find people are most attractive when they are their most authentic selves and comfortable, in general, with life.”
“Boredom seeps into the minds of uncreative people.”
Something she said in junior high was picked up by the teacher and highlighted for the entire class to appreciate. Stephanie has possessed the heart of an artist since she was in middle school. She has ambitions and goals to be a prosperous artist from her paintings and collections. Even in college, when plans of becoming a veterinarian were quickly realized as a leading ‘NOPE,’ Stephanie gravitated to the theater department where she found a new home – and “weirdos like [her].” It started with her wandering into the theater department, and resulted in earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Life’s winding path landed Stephanie in a theater administration career for over 18 years. Currently, Stephanie is working in an HR manager role at a creative production company.
When moving into the decade of the 50’s and above, people need to know “not everyone is graying or aging like our grandmothers. Good Sex doesn’t end at 50.” Stephanie finds reward in aging with the shock and awe reaction of others when she reveals her age. Their usual response is a ‘WOW’ in amazement, proceeding with comments that they were under the impression she was anywhere between 36-46 at most! She spent her 20’s and 30’s creating a family and then her 40’s in a transformational period coming into her own. She has achieved health goals, navigated life with the loss of grandparents who raised her, and became a single mom who discovered she could do much more on her own than she previously expected. Advice Stephanie learned that she would pass on to her 20’s something self in a heartbeat, “Make sure to know yourself and what your dreams are before getting involved in a relationship. Stand up for yourself because you are worth everything you give to others.”
“I value my family, my time, and my resources.”