stepbrightly "Mom what are you doing?" Me: "Trying to be cute and get the perfect picture for instagram, what do you think?" Ice cream dripping down my hand while my kid keeps photobombing me, that's real life: the messiness, the wildness, the kids crawling all over me. Being real, really present, really alive requires all of the above and the occasional pretty picture. But a pretty picture with an intention to share, communicate, shine, be bold and uplift is so much better than that delicious ice cream cone, and lasts longer too. 5h

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stepbrightly When I got married 7 years ago I became a stepmom to two rowdy, imaginative, strong, wise, silly boys. It was a completely new role for me and has changed my life everyday since. I'm proud of my larger than life blended family and how their presence is shaping the lives of my two younger kiddos and how when my husband and I are gone, they will have each other. #theroadlesstraveled @reguillot 1d

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stepbrightly Grit & Grace was an evening of inspiration, vunerability and authenticity. "How are going to go for broke if you don't go for real" @iamadarah. 🏽@queensviewcreates. Loved sharing a personal branding exercise with the group before the storytellers shared with us. Thank you @meetalicefoy for a divinely inspired event! @keliise 2d

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stepbrightly There isn't a day that goes by that I am not excited, intrigued or inspired to see my man. I am one of the luckiest girls in the world to have such a good partner, friend, and father to my children. I am looking forward to adventure and love as we move into our next year together. Happy anniversary honey. 🌎🏼🏼️ @reguillot 2d

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stepbrightly "I got that sunshine in my pocket. Got that good soul in my feet." ️Saturday! It's about time! Tonight I'm going to be at Grit & Virtue in Chicago with @meetalicefoy hosting a personal brand experience workshop. I'm looking forward to sharing some of that sunshine, spirit and playfulness that comes when we start to imagine the impossible and see through the facade of what's right or wrong and jump into making it all possible. ️Hope you have the best saturday ever. Love and light and smiling faces! 3d

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stepbrightly Still living on the vibrations and energy we created last night at the Wellness & Self-care Panel. Today my intention is to rejuvenate on purpose. To give myself a break, chill out, treat myself, cultivate awareness (Lauren!) and commit to it. THANK YOU @danafrost @goodhopelife @mrudberg @ctahern and @hellolaurenash for your insight, ideas and openness. I'm so thrilled to see the impact of women taking action to listen to our bodies, check in with our intentions, and find what self-care practices work for us. So many juicy nuggets of ideas and actions for my wellness toolbox. Thank you to the universe for bringing us all together in Chicago for that magical night! 4d

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stepbrightly I create a space for my clients that is 100% free of judgement and right or wrong, yet I am totally judgmental of myself and carry it around like extra, heavy baggage. My coach, Paula pointing to this on our last call, and my mind immediately went to the talented goddess 🏼️️ Erykah Badu: "Bag lady you gone hurt your back. Dragging all them bags like that. I guess nobody ever told you. All you must hold on to is you." As an entrepreneur, I'm living up to my standards, why do I set them impossibly high? Or am I setting the wrong standards? (see how I slipped into right and wrong? Dammit!) How can I create a space for me that is 100% clear of judgement and allows for F'ing up, messes, wrongs, passion, sparks, energy, downtime, and breaks? I'm #theimperfectboss. Thank you @heather_crabtree for your post this morning inspired and lead by @fireandwindco. I'm loving the honesty, especially on Instagram, a place that is a haven for the perfect. 6d
  •   samshinemystic Yes!!!! Thank you!! 6d
  •   mrayeallenmarketing Thanks for sharing. Love it! 6d
  •   heather_crabtree So good! Thank you for sharing your vulnerabilities. This movement has been so refreshing, showing us all that imperfection is real and that real life needs to be shared more often. There is beauty in our imperfect selves and a sisterhood that is forming among the imperfections. We can't dwell on them, but hasn't it felt so freeing to share them! @fireandwindco , thank you for this all. Your wisdom and encouragement for us all to share are true selves has been down right amazing! 6d
  •   stepbrightly @heather_crabtree 100%! Bringing honest transparent imperfections to IG is needed. I am hosting a wellness and self-care workshop with tonight with @forthchicago and the imperfect boss is on my list of things to share with our attendees. I can't wait to spread the good word! 🏽 5d

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stepbrightly "Our feelings just want to be felt." 🏼️ Loved this message from the Daily Om today. I'm either giddy with caffeine or spiritual goodness @canary_lane! I can't wait to see what you dream up for the @forthchicago event this Thursday! Tickets are still available in @forthchicago profile. Come share an evening with @hellolaurenash @mrudberg @danafrost @goodhopelife @ctahern @lemonesse @hnnhhggtt !! 1w

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stepbrightly 20 hours of coaching this weekend was elating. I'm looking for new ways to dive into creativity. Getting messy, colorful, deep, rejuvenated, all of it. My first stop was too stalk some of my favorite artists IG feeds like @blossomrising. 🏼 This image represents the start of something good! 🏼️🏽 1w

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stepbrightly Day 2 of the coaching weekend. That's my thinking face. It's like running a marathon, stopping at a funeral for something that was dead inside you, letting that go, sharing your deepest thoughts over lunch with a friend, going to a full on dance party, finishing the marathon to realize you are beat and elated all at the same time. And it's only 8am. Whaaaat? 1w

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stepbrightly Going to see the world a bit differently today with a room of dedicated ontological coaches. It's our 4th month of the training program and I am so excited, nervous, intrigued to see what comes of the day. I have a purse full of mango kombucha and sharpened pencils ready to go. 1w

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stepbrightly What does your personal branding say about you when you enter a room? I’m thrilled to share my passion and help women come from their essence in their personal brand and business. Join me next Saturday for a live Power Hour at Blair in Chicago. Grit & Grace is a noteworthy Chicago event created by @meetalicefoy. So excited about the frills @paris3_12 (!), blissful booze and stellar vibes that Alice and her panelists have in store!
The evening is hosted by @cherish.brown and will feature 3 conversations by industry leaders: Rashada Dawan, artistic legend currently staring in the Lion King. A’darah the CEO of @queensviewcreates and recognized non-profit leader Jessyca Dudley, the founder of The Building Fund. You can purchase tickets here: janeella.eventbrite.com
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stepbrightly Summertime, I yearn for you! I'm literally praying for hot sweaty weather in Chicago. Who's with me? Nights outside with a cocktail in hand, talking with friends. Please oh please let it be soon! Photo by @kallisonphoto for @forthchicago 2w

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stepbrightly "Balance is bullshit." "You are not your to-do list." "You have a soul contract with yourself." "You’re not put on this earth to please others." My mind is vibrating with the energy and possibilities that we are going to create on May 19 with these rad women and @forthchicago. I am so thrilled to host the panel at @workshopchicago and would love to see you there! It's open to the public, tickets are in the Forth Chicago profile! 2w
  •   stepbrightly @danafrost I loved the insights you sent me yesterday. I can't wait to share with everyone on Thursday! 2w
  •   stepbrightly @ctahern I am so excited to share your insights and questions you sent over yesterday! This topic is so juicy it's going to be awesome.🏻🏽 2w
  •   danafrost You've hit on a hot topic for women. 2w
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stepbrightly Let's talk about how perfectionism squashes creativity. How it kills your spirit, how it holds you back from doing the big thing. Are you feeling me? Let's kill perfection and instead embrace possibilities, fun, play and getting dirty. Let's get dirty in business, conversations, reality and with ourselves. Let's celebrate mistakes rather than hide behind them. Let's throw a parade for all of the ideas gone awry, there will be lots of them! And who doesn't love a parade? I can't wait for my BIG MAGIC book club tonight with @forthchicago members! Thank you @elizabeth_gilbert_writer for this magically nugget of permission to be messy and half-assed done with perfection! 2w

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stepbrightly My little girl thought @canary_lane and @southlooploft was a magical castle built just for her. And we let her believe it, because it was dreamy! 2w
  •   slimetrip pretty awesome!! 2w
  •   stepbrightly Meredith and I trailed behind her for a hour chatting and making sure she stayed out of trouble. This, and your white furry chair were her favorite spots:) @southlooploft 2w
  •   stepbrightly We'll have to come back sometime, she all the animals @canary_lane ! Thanks for spending the morning with us:) 2w
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stepbrightly Today I'm doing the bold thing. This is my favorite shot @jaymiey took a few months ago, it captures me being honest, straight-up and just me... and I am being super weird about sharing it. Am I nervous? Shy? Un-humble? Over-sharing? But you know what? That's my gremlin talking, that inner voice that holds you back and tells you, "Don't do that, what would people think if you did THAT?" So, I am defeating that self-defeating gremlin today and sharing it. 🏻 Do the bold thing, even if it makes you uncomfortable. 3w

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stepbrightly What do wellness and self care look like for creatives and creative entrepreneurs? I don't know the answer, but I am willing to find out! Join @forthchicago on Thur May 19 for a panel talk at @workshopchicago. All are welcome! Tickets link in the Forth feed. I'd love to see you there! 3w

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stepbrightly Kicking ass doesn't just happen, it doesn't fall from the sky, it's not magic. It's something you make happen by taking the first step and lifting up that foot. 🏼️ 3w

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