stepheniez I had a writer I once quoted reach out to me recently to thank me, saying they were thinking about giving up on their words, wondering if it even mattered. Seeing me write a whole piece inspired by one simple sentence made them realize it matters a whole lot.

I have always written "because I have to." Because it's the best way for me to move emotions and experiences and frustrations through me. Because it keeps me sane and happy. I have filled thousands upon thousands of pages inside notebooks. Written hundreds of thousands of words on my computer and online. Poems. Essays. Stories. Blog posts. Letters to my closes friends.

It's not about being heard with hundreds of likes and comments, it's just about being here. Being alive. Having experiences and ideas and opinions. Create. Share if it feels right. It matters, and it helps people you may never know. #create #expression #artmatters #wordsmatter #writer #writinglife #legacy #expressyoself
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stepheniez The "where the heck did all the Tupperware go?!" struggle is real. #vegan #glutenfree #icookedlikeagrownup #boulderCO 21h

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stepheniez Grateful that I'm able to take a #selfcaretimeout when I need. That I can sit on a bench and soak up the sun for as long as my body decides is necessary. But also that I have such awesome clients and members and projects which keep me busy, busy creating, writing, designing, and coaching. Whenever I come back from periods of questions and wonder and turning inward, there's a surge of creative energy. Loving it. #boulderCO #selfie #lovingthisweather #selfcare 1d

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stepheniez Feeling inspired and focused. After turning inward and swimming inside the mess of my own mind for awhile, my mentor helped point me in a direction that feels fun and aligned, and suddenly I remembered the perfect framework for what's to come. My brain was packed to the brim with loads of possibility, information, and information, so now it's time to let it simmer and do a little writing and meditating to filter out what's next. :) #meditate #divineguidance #mentorsarethebest #herewego #boulderCO 1d

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stepheniez "Expansion is not only natural, but inevitable." As is #alignment, especially once we surrender our grip and allow ourselves to be guided. It is challenging, this #growth thing. But when we trust and release, rinse and repeat, it's possible to choose that joy, because we're not setting ourselves up to stress and fight and resist. We relax into it... and though there may still certainly be stress, we are still in #joy. Another fascinating and powerful duality of this life. #mantra #dailyguidance #wordsofwisdom #inspiredthoughts #divineguidance #timely 1d

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stepheniez Research assistant. 2d

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stepheniez I've been doing a lot of staring at the ceiling lately... which is how I best process everything that's happening inside of me. Walking through another wave of my grief. Untangling stories and beliefs from years past. Leaning into a calling that is new and scary and different than anything I've ever done. And leveling up in love. Stretching is hard and hurts in our hearts. It's unsettling and can make you feel like you want to give up at times. But when you ride the waves of fear and grief and uncertainty, and make the space to turn inward, all becomes clear in its right time. And when that clarity comes, my oh my is it worth those challenging moments. #changeiscoming #wordsofwisdom #divineguidance #inspiredthoughts #boulderCO #lovethiscrazylife 2d

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stepheniez "What?" Hamper beds are the best beds. 2d

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stepheniez First time #snowboarding in 15 years. I'm a little banged up, but did some pretty good turns at one point. :) #abasin #snowbaby #colorado #rockymountains 3d

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stepheniez Happy as can be to be cruisin' through the mountains. :) #thedude #boulderCO #dogsofig @themanservices 4d

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stepheniez Hello lovelies 4d

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stepheniez Road trip sustenance. We're headed up to Vail to @nicholekellerman's baby shower and housewarming! :) #vegan #motomaki #boulderCO 4d

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stepheniez Checking out "All The Way" in Denver tonight. :) 5d

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stepheniez I've been seeing moths lately. Fluttering about or in artwork and images. So, being me, I googled it... and I'm loving this description of the moth as a totem. "Have faith in your journey and trust that although things seem to be complicated right now – you will eventually see the light. Use your heart to guide you." <3 5d

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stepheniez He demands snuggles daily. I'm not allowed to work until he's all cuddled out. :) 5d

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stepheniez Today I'm grateful for my women's circle. For the support and space to just rest in the place I'm in. For sisterhood, where there's simple love and flow and acceptance, no pushing or fixing or driving forward. I love, love, love masculine presence and energy, and it's how I've built this business of mine... but I am loving the nurturing space created with other women. In this time of deepening and transition, it's exactly what I need. #sisterhood #womenscircle #boulderCO #ladyfriends #support #love #lovemyfriends 5d

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stepheniez Tonight I went to the memorial for a kind woman I only ever sat with twice. Though many may never understand, she and her husband played a huge role in my healing. Simply by embracing me with warmth and open arms. By sitting with me and sharing stories about nothing and everything all at once. We don't often think the little things matter... but for someone else, that small kindness can be everything. And from what I heard tonight, she was a woman who gifted those small kindnesses far and wide. A beautiful reminder that opportunities to be of service to others happen hundreds of times each and every day. #memorial #grief #loss #kindnessmatters #bekind 6d

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stepheniez I've been feeling unsettled the last few days, and finally landed on some big truths in my heart. It's time to really step into the work I'm here to do on a level I've never attempted. When we feel called, it's because we have everything we need inside of us to answer it... we just need to trust and start taking steps forward. Sure, there may be things we need to learn along the way, but we're already qualified. This is a point at which I'm being asked to step it up, to stop playing small... and I'm terrified. But so ready. So, so ready. #trustandbelieve #faith #callingsarehardwork #purpose #passion #boulderCO #colorado 6d

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stepheniez The babes get needy around the new moon. 6d

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stepheniez Nerding out hardcore on the Grounded Theory #research methodology. Because I'm weird, and also because I have big questions I want to answer. :) 7d

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