If you never try, you’ll never know. A few years ago when I was working in corporate I thought I wanted to change careers and be a travel writer.
This idea of travel & writing was weighing heavy on my mind. The only way I knew I’d get a taste of this was to actually try it myself. I booked my first ever solo travel trip to Denver and I used this as a way to see if this is something I can picture myself doing long term. I did my best to envision what this career life would be like. Constant travel, writing about different destinations, and getting paid opportunities to travel seemed so fun to me.
However, once I put myself into “pretending” to be a travel writer I realized a few things immediately. 1. I don’t want to document every thing I do while traveling because I want to enjoy the moments traveling freely. 2. Traveling is a helluva lot of work and sitting in airports ain’t my thang. Ya feel me? I’ll just stick to vacations.
Shortly after that trip I ended up back on the beach in Fort Lauderdale where I came up with the idea to create SociallySteph.com. Initially, I thought I’d weave in my travels to this site along with style & fitness. A few months ago I created a profile with RewardSTYLE & LikeToKnowIt. I was excited to be able to leverage this platform and pair it with @SociallySteph.
Style is something I personally love, but I don’t want it to be something I am having to share constantly. To be successful in any area of life in business you need consistency & love for what you’re creating. If style happens to fall into what I do great but it’s not my main focus. Check out my first LikeToKnowIt post here:
I believe the only way you’ll ever figure out what you essentially want to do and who you want to become is to simply try. Try it all. Do the things that light you up and in those moments you’ll only gain more clarity and get closer to that AHA moment where you’re like, THIS IS IT! What have you been longing to try but push to the side?
The more you try the better you become overall and you’ll get to learning what path you truly want to take. I hope this post was helpful for you. Here’s to trying more things, together.
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.
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.