“Wow! What an incredible story of triumph and adventure. It’s sad, surprising, and beautiful at the same time!”
Despite every reason not to, Steph savors the little things wherever she goes – like flowers in a field, sunlight through the trees, and playing with her brother, Bobbie. But, no matter how often she escapes into the light, darkness always threatens to pull her backward.
Moving thirty times before she was seventeen, traversing between campgrounds, fully-furnished homes, and homeless shelters, Steph’s family takes starting over to an extreme. But in spite of the close calls with disasters, both natural and man-made, Steph believes that if she is good enough, strong enough, or works hard enough, one day she’ll become worthy of love and safety.
Who she ultimately chooses to become and if she’ll transcend her circumstances are questions Steph must answer for herself more than once.
Steph figures out how to take all the knocks and trauma and transcend them. It’s incredible!
Feeling like she started adulthood from the back of the pack, Steph spent early adulthood working with break-neck intensity to rise into a position that made her feel worthy. Considering her upbringing, running an Ad Agency and working with world-class brands felt truly remarkable. But it was when she shared stories about her childhood with friends, who thought her past was too wild to be true, that Steph began to understand how chaotic her life had really been and what a miracle it was to transcend it.
Through writing about her life as a serial transplant, a child of addiction, and the kid who was always disappearing for one reason or another, Steph realized that, paradoxically, when she wasn’t scared, she was a naturally happy optimist and adventurer.
Now as the owner of Vine Collective, Steph is dedicated to shining light, seeing beauty, and helping others see their own through brand-building, workshops and retreats.