The most simple recipes are my favorite. You know, the ones that take very little time, have a few ingredients and come out tasting super delicious. Here’s one that I love making, especially in the summertime. It’s such a refreshing summer breakfast. It’s chockfull of healthy ingredients, very satiating and satisfying. Plus, you can modify and swap things for your own preference. If you don’t like PB add Almond Butter, if you don’t like banana add another fruit you love. So, let’s stop talking and get to making these. I usually make enough for the week so you’ll want about 5-6 mason jars. Grab & share the recipe below:
Have fun & stay healthy! If you make this recipe I’d love to see it. Be sure to tag me on all socials at @SociallySteph. I really hope you like this one as much as I do. XO
Sometimes challenges you face in life help you to find what really makes you shine, on the inside & out. I’ll never forget stepping foot into The Dailey Method studio in Elmhurst. It was like all the stress of the world & my parents recent divorce melted away and the positive environment gave me that safe place to be all I ever wanted to be. Joyful. It was here that I felt empowered & uplifted in times that felt so broken & confusing. It was here I made positive and valuable connections with people where I left craving more intention & purpose in my life.
If you’re reading this & we haven’t met personally, well I hope we do, one day. But if you didn’t catch on social media yet I am a born optimist, seriously. I have a tendency to look on the bright side even when faced with challenges in my personal life. I personally believe that’s the best way to live because bad things are bound to get thrown our way. It’s a strength of mine I love to carry and share it with the universe because I believe everyone can use more positivity in their own life. In High School teachers used to stop and ask, “How are you so happy? “You’re always smiling.” As Lady Gaga would say, “baby I was born this way!” haha! 😆 It’s partially due to growing up in a divorce lifestyle (another post for another day.) Divorce somewhat teaches you that hardships make you stronger and the best we can do is stay positive & use it to better ourself. I wouldn’t change a thing in my life because it’s built my character and I hope you can walk away from this post feeling more confident about your upbringing or life & knowing that you can shape who you want to become.
Remember: You don’t have to allow anything or anyone to drag you down.
But hey, let’s bring this post back around to why I really wrote it. I wanted to tell you about this happy place of mine, called The Daily Method in Elmhurst. It encompasses everything with good vibes and will turn a bad day into a good one. If you don’t believe me, give it a try! You’re in luck if you’ve read this far because GUESS WHAT! I’ve partnered with The Dailey Method in Elmhurst to offer you a FREE first time class on me, simply use code SOCIALLYSTEPH & get to work. This is for new members only & is offered at the Elmhurst location only. Now, friend, let’s say you fall in love (because you probably will) a second offer is given to you. Get a one month unlimited with code SOCIALLYSTEPH for $59! This is a steal, normally it’s $159!
What is the Dailey Method???
The Dailey Method embraces all ages and fitness goals in a supportive happy setting. They have a 3,000 square foot facility with a barre studio, 15-bike cycle studio, childcare and retail boutique with brands such as LuLuLemon. Here you can build a strong, lean, sculpted body. TDM classes are driven by fitness research and their clients’ needs. They offer individualized attention in a group setting to give you the strength, discipline, and joy to find ultimate alignment. Classes are listed on their site here.
That’s all for now. I’m super excited to offer you this and hope you like it. Be sure to tag me in your sweat sesh @SociallySteph on the gram & all socials.
Ps. TDM & I go way back. From working the front desk in College to renting space to host my very own work out, ELEV8, to continuing to be a class member. The more I stay connected to my passions with fitness & self empowerment the better I feel. If you ever need a barre bestie, I’m there!!
Move over Coffee, there’s a new drink it town. Lately, I have been giving myself a break from coffee and I realized that the daily habit wasn’t promoting overall wellness which is what I strive for. As you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram, I love a frothy oat milk cappuccino. On my recent trip to Florida my husband and I really felt this pull to drink less coffee, and so we did. But here’s something I have always loved that I need to share with you all. It’s called Punky Juice-ster, from Real Good Stuff Co. in Chicago.
While I may have cut down on coffee consumption & spending on a daily $5 latte (because wow does that add up) I will be honest, this drink costs $11. #YIKES. But, it’s a wonderful drink to treat yourself with because it’s filled with chockfull of nutrients & antioxidants. Including Chia, Matcha, Coconut Nectar, Mint & Chlorophyll.
8 major benefits of Matcha are:
Packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
Boosts metabolism and burns calories
Detoxifies effectively and naturally
Calms the mind and relaxes the body
Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
Enhances mood and aids in concentration
Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
What do you think? Are you a matcha tea lover or are you sticking to coffee?? Let me know in the comments & don’t forget to connect with me on Instagram at @sociallysteph.
At the end of every year I look back and reflect on everything – from happy moments & gains to learnings & failures. 2019 hold some of the happiest days of my life: Our wedding (5/11/19), an amazing honeymoon to Greece & continuing to build my business, blog and online community. With some of the happiest days there was much sadness, hardship and personal growth to get there.
This year I’ve felt lost, confused, uncertain, and more confident all at the same time in this path I have chosen. Being an entrepreneur & planning a wedding have been two of the biggest challenges this year. Both brought so much joy, anxiety and stress. It’s hard to explain this in words and one post alone so I am considering the next best route for my brand to go is PODCASTING. I look forward to plugging this thing in come 2020. Be sure to stay tuned for future episodes.
I try my very best to be 100% real & authentic with everyone that visits any corner of my space online because I am someone who speaks truth & I appreciate when people show up as they are, instead of trying to be someone else. 2019 for me was a mix of going after my goals and keeping myself stuck in a variety of ways. It’s not always easy to show up in a public space online, but I do very much so enjoy sharing my happiness & love of life with you. Naturally I am a sharing type, but I do believe there needs to be boundaries set when it comes to privacy.
I always have so much to say and it sits in my notes 👎 that makes me legit sad to even say. But I tend to get stuck in being consistent with my own pages because I am producing so much for others, however, that’s an excuse I am looking to kick next year. We must always make time for the things we want in our life to manifest. I owe it to myself to become the best version of myself, and so do YOU!
Honestly, what is @SociallySteph if she isn’t creating & sharing it with the world showing you that you too can achieve a life & business you love.
2020 is the time to stop with excuses or worrying what anyone will think about YOU, your life & what you’re going after. Unless they’re paying your bills, their opinions don’t matter. ✋ Moving into 2020 I know:
I’m still chasing my career in 👟…
I’m still working my booty off …
I’m still dedicated as ever to my craft…
I’m still going even when I want to give up …
I’m still taking risks and challenging myself …
This is what I love💕 . This is what I’ve chosen & created. Is it always easy? HECK NO!
The only way to grow and learn is to throw yourself into it. Refuse to go another 365 days holding yourself back. Step into a life you love and desire.
EMBRACE IMPERFECTION.JUST START.✨
What’s your mantra for 2020? Leave it below in the comments.
I am so excited to post this right now on SociallySteph.com, you have no idea. Being someone who looooves fitness, fashion, art & inspirational messages this is so exciting & I am so honored to share with you all what Becca has created. She is lighting up the fitness world one pair of leggings at a time. See for yourself here, but come back to read this awesome interview with Becca Heringer, founder of The Cosmic Project.
How did you start with the Cosmic Project. Where did you get the name from?
My brand started all from a passion of creating art for my friends and family. The name came about because I think of “cosmic” as something vast and imaginative. I added “project” because, quite literally, I work on many projects/commissions for different clients. I wanted to represent my brand uniquely, and at the same time, ensure I wasn’t attaching myself to any particular medium or product.
Why fitness/yoga apparel?
I was playing with a bunch of my prints and every time, the product that looked best and also caught my eye, were these yoga sets. They also were something that I felt people could wear everywhere – not just to a yoga class – a practical, fashionable outfit that can be mixed and matched. I love the feedback I now get. People feel bold, but also so comfortable when they’re in my sets. Once I focused mostly on the activewear, my niche naturally followed – the wellness world.
What was the process like starting an apparel line?
To map it out… 1. Starts with some sort of inspiration 2. Sketches, Sketches and more Sketches 3. Bringing the sketches to life on samples 4. Ordering Samples 5. Photographing the sets 6. Posting on Instagram and my website for the world to see!
What was your biggest challenge you faced when starting?
Figuring out what I wanted to really focus on. I was putting my prints on a bunch of different products and my website/instagram was becoming quite crowded. I’ve found that honing in to specific content leads to brand recognition and ultimately, a more targeted following.
What or who motivated you to keep going?
My twin sister. She has supported me since the very beginning, when I didn’t even have a clear vision of what The Cosmic Project even was. She always reminds me of why I started this in the first place – because I genuinely love to see people wearing my art. There’s nothing better than people tagging me in the yoga sets, looking confident and standing out.
What does success mean to you?
Being able to make a career out of my passion. And not designing based on what is trendy or “in”. I think success is staying true to yourself, your art, and your vision.
What would a dream opportunity or collaboration look like for you?
My dream collaboration actually just became a reality! It’s with Mel from Headstands and Heels. She’s a wellness blogger and incredible yoga teacher. She really helped with exposure in the wellness space and has taught me so much about running a business. She’s extremely creative, very organized, and super genuine.
How has social media impacted your business from launch to now?
People can see my artwork wherever they are and whenever they want to. I’ve reached such a wide audience that I would never have had the ability to reach without this social media platform. I also get to share my art process, which I love to do, because it shows people that what I’m designing starts small and becomes something so much bigger.
Who are 3 people on Instagram who inspire you?
Arielle Charnas (Something Navy)
Danielle Bernstein (We Wore What)
What social media channel do you see giving you the greatest results? And why do you think that is?
I would say Instagram. Since my brand is very visual, pictures and videos are the best way to get out my message and show what my brand is all about. My customers love seeing my sets on different bodies and in different parts of the world!
What are 2-3 things you had no clue about since starting your entrepreneurial journey. Anything shocking?
Marketing your brand is key! You can’t just put leggings on a hanger and say “this is what I’ve created”. The creation goes beyond that. It’s about showing the leggings in an active setting. On the go. In different locations. In exciting places. I want people to see the sets on my Instagram and see themselves in the sets.
Collaboration over competition. I love being inspired by such talented artists, designers, entrepreneurs, etc. When you’re open to other suggestions and you morph ideas into one, magical things can happen.
Success doesn’t happen overnight! Stick with it.
You’re a quote junkie like me so I have to ask, What’s a quote you love or live by daily?
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
What advice would you give someone who is looking to start an idea or passion?
Just go for it. And do NOT give up. Practice makes perfect. You need to really work hard, believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who encourage you along the way.
One thing that stood out to me is that the Cosmic Project helps to bring creativity into your interior and exterior world. Colorful products brought to life — made by Becca, for you! I’ll leave you with one more inspiring note from Becca herself: “Just remember; the world is your canvas.”
Right on, Becca! Your world is yours to create & I love meeting other change makers & creators who are setting out on a path they love while inspiring others to do the very same. The future is BRIGHT✨. As always if you LOVED this post share it with your friends & let’s have ourselves a great week ahead. Stay connected with me on all socials @SOCIALLYSTEPH.
May 11th, 2019 was one of the most fun & special days in our life together. The day we said “I do” to forever ♾. Our love is so powerful & transcending. I truly am the luckiest girl! A huge thank you to our amazing families and friends who made our wedding day so incredibly special and memorable. We had the time of our lives and we’re so fortunate to share our love with everyone we love so much. Best. Day. Ever.
I was fortunate enough to attend Women EmpowerX in Fort Lauderdale, FL and I am super impressed by the impact it’s made on me already. For starters, Women EmpowerX is a premier event for Female Leaders, Entrepreneurs & Executives. Founded on the values of collaboration over competition and created by Alexa Carlin.
Alexa Carlin is a nationally renowned public speaker, Founder & CEO of Women Empower X (WEX), and Creator of BeAPublicSpeaker.com. Alexa Founded the Women Empower X in 2016 after noticing a need for a national event to connect like-minded women who are passionate about making a difference in the world.
This event brings together the most powerful and inspiring women with a focus on providing the knowledge, tools and community to help take their business and life to the next level. At WEX you’ll be able to learn from industry experts, network with entrepreneurs and change-makers, discover tools to grow your business, and feel empowered to create a positive change.
From personal experience I am feeling so grateful to have met such amazing women who shared with me all different paths & stories they have created. In this blog post I want to share a few inspirational words & takeaways I took from my day at #WEXFTL. Follow @SociallySteph on Twitter to capture it all in real-time.
Words of Wisdom from #WEXFTL:
“Entrepreneurs make something out of nothing.”
“Follow your JOY when you’re creating your brand or business. That’s where you will excel.”
“Fear stands for FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL.”
“If you walk, talk & act like everyone else, you will not stand out!”
“Focus on a message you can consistently communicate.”
“One idea. One connection. One action step” – Alexa Carlin
“Follow your JOY when you’re creating your brand or business. That’s where you will excel.”
“If people reject you it means they’re not your people. Recognize you’re not here for everyone & that’s OK!”
Leave your favorite piece of wisdom in the comments & take one with you into your business or life this week.
Birthday’s are special, but so is every day. 🙏I have never been one to be a birthday b*tch 😂, but for my 30th I definitely wanted to spend time somewhere that brought me joy. I was in between Maine, Nashville & Denver. Well, if you truly know me, I love Colorado!! The air is so fresh and you automatically feel 10X healthier first step onto the grounds being surrounded by nothing but nature vibes. It’s my happy place, for sure.
So, my husband completely surprised me with a trip to Cherry Creek. We stayed at the brand new beautiful Jacquard Hotel which is an Autograph Collection® hotel located in the heart of Denver’s iconic Cherry Creek District. We couldn’t have selected a better hotel for our long weekend trip. Everything was very elegant, clean & impeccable service. I was actually obsessed with the cute coffee bar in your room with vintage glasses and Nespresso every morning, perfection. Plus, steps outside of the hotel were beautiful boutiques, galleries, and restaurants so you don’t even necessarily need to go anywhere. Downtown Denver is only minutes away—and the Rocky Mountains just beyond the city. YAAASS! Are you planning your trip as you read this?? Oh, and did I mention the rooftop pool … now you’re sold! After our long hikes and zip lining we loved having the pool & hot tub to relax before dinner. Seriously, could this have been set up any more perfectly, I think not.
We did rent a Jeep, because why not?! We’re in Colorado and a Jeep just makes you feel like you’re doing it all right. Am I right?? We only rented a car because we had planned to explore other areas of Colorado.
With all that being said here are my top recommendations we loved from this travel experience & you may love it, too:
Try zip lining! I highly recommend this place & the people make it 10X more fun. Check out Denver Adventures.
Stay at the Jacquard Hotel because it’s fantastic & I wouldn’t steer you wrong because I love simple, but also luxury things. THIS IS IT!
Eat at: Hillstone Denver (crab cake salad is omg delicious) , Little Man Ice cream is a must (Salted Oreo is bomb.com) , True Food Kitchen (super healthy & great!) , Machete for authentic tacos, Beast & Bottle for the amazing gnocchi, Sweet Bloom for a cappuccino & Culture Meat and Cheese for an amazing sandwich. 10/10 (See all this @sociallysteph, Instagram Stories highlight)
Red Rocks Ampitheater for a concert, Josh Groban was beyond amazing. Read more here on that.
Hike! Realization Point in Boulder was my favorite hike. Just don’t get lost.
Explore RiNo if you’re super into art walls and inspired by creativity! Another “If you know me thing” but I am super obsessed with wall art, something about it just screams LIFE to me! I believe it should be everywhere because it brings such joy and beauty to the world.
That’s my take on Denver! My favorite birthday celebration yet. I am dreaming of when I can go back and loved every minute we spent in this luxurious place. Thanks for reading & let me know in the comments if you’re considering going. 😘 As always, stay connected with me @SOCIALLYSTEPH on all socials. Mostly on the gram!
When Sam asked if she could interview me it was a hard YAAASSS! I realized how valuable the questions she asked me are & I’ve always felt interviews were a great source of knowledge. There is so much opportunity in this world to constantly be learning and improving upon, nothing is ever perfect, but that’s the beauty of the entrepreneurial journey. Love the awesome questions she asked me here on how I started Socially Steph LLC. Keep reading … 😃
Q: When did you “discover” your love for social media for brand building?
STEPH: In college, I was working front desk for The Dailey Method in my city and they always asked for my suggestions on their social media marketing. Along with many other businesses always picked my brain on this. My parents have owned businesses from car washes to restaurants to a beauty salon & I always enjoyed helping my family with their own branding & social media management. I have always had an eye for creative & it’s something that lights me up. I have a ton of fun in this space which is why I love it. Having fun in what you do is super important to me.
Q: What led up to the creation of Socially Steph? (past jobs, etc)
STEPH: Socially Steph came about in 2017 when I was working in corporate land & desired to be more creative. I wanted to start writing more and creating things I love. I also enjoyed interviewing people who started something they love and empowering others to do the same. I felt the name really resonated with what I was creating being more social with brands, businesses and people. My career path had also been deeply rooted in the social media space for 9 years. The name just felt like me and that’s the best route to go when branding yourself, in my opinion. It has to come from your heart and always be genuine.
I had dreamed of meshing what I love into a career but I never found the right company and one day it hit me that I could create my own company and be in a space that helps me to thrive 💫 vs. drag me down.
After I up and quit my 9-5 a month later, I took an opportunity to present myself at a real estate agency and I was being called “Socially Steph” on the microphone across the company … I actually started laughing out loud because I didn’t think anyone would take me as “Socially Steph” serious, but they loved it!! The presentation went great and I got my first client off the bat. That same Monday evening I went to teach my group fitness class and found out my Grandpa was in extremely bad shape, he ended up passing away right in front of my very eyes & holding my hand till his last breath. This moment was life changing for me. Never had I experienced death and how could this be? My business was born the same day my grandpa passed away. I was extremely overwhelmed. He left me with this in which I carry with me daily,
“Whatever you put your energy into you’ll be successful.”
Energy is in everything we do and it’s the first thing that introduces you before you even speak a word. I believe it’s super important in all aspects of our life and career.
Q: While you were working in corporate America, you also taught group fitness classes. How has fitness played a role in your life? This seems like maybe the first “step” into entrepreneurship for you…
STEPH: YESSSS!!!! I have been teaching fitness also since 2010. When I left my job I actually launched both ELEV8 my group fitness class & Socially Steph LLC and ironically they both made the same amount in month one. ELEV8 is a group training class comprised of cardio, strength, yoga & meditation. The one thing I felt challenged with was not having a focus.
Once I took a trip to New York it kinda hit me that I needed to choose my career right now around the lifestyle I wanted. My dreams of owning a fitness studio started to fade and exploring Socially Steph became more interesting to me. I enjoyed that I can still get my work done and be anywhere in the world. I love to be able to see new things and travel so at this point in my life I didn’t want the overhead of a studio to hold me down in one location.
Q: Can you talk more about the process of creating your own group fitness program?
STEPH: The process was simple. I have a strong background in gymnastics starting at age 3 and many years of hardcore training. In HS I decided to move into dance & then I actually trained for a fitness competition. Fitness has always been a huge part of who I am. When I attended College at Elmhurst College I also received my 200 hour RYT from Corepower. After accepting a group fitness position with La Fitness I realized I really had my own sequence I created.
From there I was gaining a small following of women and they had been asking me to teach more and more I felt the only thing that made sense was to rent a space and provide more opportunity for them to take class with me. So I tried that whole thing. I wouldn’t say it failed, but I just didn’t have the focus or time to execute it like I would. I did decide to put that on hold and focus on Socially Steph LLC. I’ve thought of other ways in which that part of my life or business can come to life in the future. But, we can’t do it all at the same time.
Q: What were the fears in taking that leap of quitting your corporate job?
STEPH: Losing my insurance was on my mind, a steady income and that’s about it. I didn’t see it as losing much because I don’t want to life my life with regrets of not trying. I had all the confidence in knowing I can create something greater or bigger, but it’s a scary move to make. You’re placing all bets on yourself and its’ only you day in and day out. Before I really took the dive I was still jumping on phone calls with recruiters and that brought even more clarity that I really wanted to start my own businesses. All of my experiences have really been a huge blessing for me in my life and my energy has constantly led me into the right direction.
Q: What are some of the things you thought would be different than they actually are in this new entrepreneurship journey? Reality vs. Expectation?
STEPH: You have to be driven, disciplined, willing to learn and it’s important to always tap into your intuition. I expected this to be challenging, but I didn’t expect how mentally draining it can all be and the amount of hats you have to wear was many more than I ever thought. I didn’t take a business class, I just dove in. It’s a lot of self teaching and learning that it’s okay to ask for help is a good reminder for anyone.
Q: How do you disconnect from social media..do you find it necessary?
STEPH: Oh yes, it’s extremely important to find balance with technology and social media. I find the more and more it grows we need more education for ways in which you need to take action in your own life. It starts with awareness and knowing when it’s actually consuming too much of your life and wrecking havoc more than making you happy. It’s super hard for me being in the social media space, but I have learned that no matter what business you’re in – health is the real wealth. So knowing when you’ve crossed that line and it’s affecting your sleep or body has become so apparent.
Q: What are some of your best social media tips for anyone trying to build their brand? I know you talk a lot about not stressing over the follower count and I LOVE that.
STEPH: Be yourself, use the space to connect vs trying to gain the wrong attention or mass followers (don’t buy your followers because there’s absolutely no ROI in that.) I really stress the importance to my own clients about why we’re on social media which is mainly to build exposure, build strong connections, communicate, share educational and valuable information, and grow a community; which would take years to do if you stood outside right now on the street yelling at people about your service. It’s an extremely important tool you can be leveraging right now if done right.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you can give to the STRONGirl community?
STEPH: Do what lights you up in life & shine bright! Surround yourself with good energy and trust yourself, you know more than you think! The key to getting ahead is getting started. Let’s do more things we love ❤️. That’s it peeps!
Hey, so there you have it! Awesome questions by Sam & I hope you enjoyed the Q&A. Let me know in the comments what stood out or what resonated with you. I’d love to hear from you.
🌈 Outdoor work outs here would be fun EVERYDAY✨ Something I have been committed to improving is 👉🏼MOVING MORE! 👈🏼 Especially because my work requires so much desk time, if you’re reading this and raising your hand ✋🏼high like, MEEE TOO!! You’re not alone. Walking is something that always helps to clear my mind or inspire thought.
Today I was thinking how important it is to surround yourself with people that uplift you. You should think about the people you’re spending time with the same way you think about what you eat and how you’re exercising. This is so important to note because the people in your life can either INSPIRE you or DRAIN you – and the choice is yours on what you allow. Finding people who can help build you up or brighten your EVERYDAY is not always easy to come by & sometimes you really do have to be your own cheerleader. 📣 I still struggle with this every single day!!
Surrounding yourself with good energy, ambition, positivity and laughter, all makes a big difference in your life. You’ll be less stressed and find more joy in daily things. The energy we have each day is so precious!!
Remember, we tend to absorb the actions of those we spend a lot of time with. It is no doubt that by constantly being around impactful and bright souls, you too will shine bright! ☀️