The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most, he said "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. Then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die & then dies having never really lived."
Like many, in my late teens & early 20's I had a skewed vision of what 'wellness' was. I thought dieting worked, my fears held me back & I judged the hell out of myself. I was constantly stressed, tired & living life at the surface level. There had to be more.
Design school took me to NYC where I started to discover my true self. After buying the book 'Healing with Whole Foods, I experimented with different ways of eating & gained understanding of how the foods I put in my body affected my mood, energy & productivity. Work in the surf industry took me to California where I became more in tune with my body & the environment. In 2010, family brought me back to Detroit where I was certified to teach yoga & SUP Yoga (see my class schedule HERE) and started a vegan catering company, Detroit Gypsy Kitchen, which I adored. Cooking was gratifying, but I knew I could make a bigger impact so I took the plunge and dove back into school.
In 2013 I was certified as a Holistic Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Then in Plant-Based Nutrition through The T. Colin Campbell Foundation via Cornell. Spiritual wellness became more important to me, so I applied for Gabrielle Bernstein's Spirit Junkie Master Class & am now alumni. In 2016, I created The Empowered Life Planner, which is in its 5th amazing year!!! In 2019 I led my first solo retreat in the Dominican & started teaching online courses. Since then, I welcomed my sister Liz aboard & just recently my sister Christina! In June 2021 I will be certified as an Intuitive Practitioner.
I study & teach manifestation and mindset ("The Secret"), mindfulness & infinite possibility (Wayne Dyer & Brian Weiss) & practical lifestyle management techniques (Dr. Christine Carter). I can't wait to support you in living the most vibrant life possible.
At Naturally Empowered, we believe that ALL humans have the innate ability to grow, heal & thrive.
We also believe that it takes a village.
We know at certain points in our lives that extra support is needed to grow out of habits and behaviors that keep us from feeling & being the best version of us. We've learned that when we invite that support in, it inspires the greatest of personal innovation, inspired action & a keen awareness of the steps needed to get to a desired outcome in a sustainable way.
Intuition & Spiritual Wellness
Self love/self worth
Our programming has helped 100's of clients create healthy habits & routines to avoid burnout & carve a clearer path to their ideal way of living. Each program is tailored to your unique lifestyle, body, preferences and goals. We suggest at least 90 days (6 sessions) to start. That's the sweet spot for sustainable growth.
1) Break down your goals & dreams into manageable steps
2) Learn to blaze a trail with small steps to reach larger goals
3) Discover where you're leaking energy AND GET IT BACK
4) Learn how to change with the seasons to avoid burnout
5) Identify your "YES" in nutrition, self care, movement & stress relief
6) Learn about neural pathways & the brain science behind habits
7) Unblock your MAGICAL FLOWS
8) Create rock-solid routines that keep you thriving
9) Start giving yourself permission to take what you need
10) Make an impact on humanity in your own way
TRANSFORMATIONAL HABITS COACHING: WHAT TO EXPECT
Kitchen Clean Out
Cooking Classes (virtual option)
Private Yoga (virtual option)
Breathwork & Meditation (virtual)
Grocery Store Tour & Advice
Home Sustainability Upgrade
Home Garden Program
Well Travel Research & Planning
Coaching program available internationally via Skype, Facetime, phone and in person.
Employees are the greatest resource of a thriving company. Research shows us that the health of a company directly correlates with the health & happiness of its' employees. Companies that make wellness and personal growth a priority always see a return on their investments.
As a corporate wellness educator/speaker and a 'power through planning' expert, I help companies find their sweet spot through mastering time management, harnessing productivity & creating a wellness focused company culture.
I've created a variety of different corporate programs so employees can more effectively approach work, family & the constant ebb and flow of life. That means more energy & creativity so employees and masterminds can fire on all cylinders. Having a resident wellness coach can help your company & employees thrive & find much needed balance to navigate work & life. Not to mention, lower healthcare costs.
You don't have to be a traditional company to host a wellness workshop or event. From doctors offices to spas to yoga studios, I have created workshops, special events and talks for students, patients and clients. I truly enjoy collaborating with businesses that want to add value to their community. I have been a resident well-being coach at many establishments to bolster the menu of offerings as well as a special guest speaker & activator. The possibilities are endless, so please contact me if you think I could add value to your offerings or business.
Steph went to her first yoga class in 2007 in Detroit. It wasn't until she moved to California that she got into a weekly practice. She found that the more she practiced yoga, the more self aware she became off of her mat. In 2010 she trained with Yoga Shelter to become a certified yoga instructor & has been teaching ever since.
After 11 years of teaching, Stephanie still considers herself a student of yoga; always ready to discover, learn, play and grow. She truly values connecting & practicing yoga as a community whether it be in person or in a group, virtually.
Whether you are a beginner or a well-seasoned yogi, there is a space for you in class. Learn how yoga can help you manage stress, be more present, build muscle, create flexibility, and be more at ease in your day-to-day. It doesn't matter if you can't touch your toes :)
Virtual classes are held on Zoom. In person classes coming soon.
SEE STEPH'S WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE & YOGA TESTIMONIALS HERE
There are plenty of coaches out there who can help you set & achieve goals, but Steph's magic is in helping you discover your 'why'. Steph has helped me tap into my inner voice & develop the confidence to listen to it. I was able to be vulnerable with her in ways that I hadn't ever in my life & it's a gift I will cherish long after the goals & ideas we discussed fade into the past. Her smile lit up many a Tuesday morning for me & her presence in my life continues to be one of endless encouragement and inspiration.
The biggest overall change is my self doubt & guilt has subsided (significantly). I truly feel like I have become the expert on my health and happiness which makes it easier to shed the self doubt and insecurities. Feeling this empowered makes loving myself easy. Steph is a gentle, loving, open, radiant light with a truly special gift.
Angelique, Healer of Minds
With Stephanie's help I have lost 27 pounds since the beginning of our program, my blood pressure went from 170/100 to 120/80 consistently. I walk (breathing hard walking) 2-3 times per week. Most importantly I have a plan. I know the things that equal good health including primary and secondary foods.
Working with Stephanie was a game changer! She was able to reign in my “all or nothing” mentality, so I could allow myself to celebrate even the small victories. The most significant overall change I have noticed has been my outlook on food. It is no longer the enemy but a nourishing tool. It is rare to find someone that has charismatic energy as well as expertise. She is the whole package and truly inspiring
Steph is OUR wellness coach. Over the years she has helped Ryan and me with diet and nutrition goals when we have veered so very far off course. She is passionate, approachable, knowledgeable, warm and kind. I could go on. The very best part of working with her is that our changes are all sustainable. They are becoming habit, our way of life. Wait, scratch that. The best part of working with her is doing it with my partner in life (Ryan).
Being a yoga teacher I have a lot of knowledge & life experience to help others, but it's easy to lose sight of the things I need the most for my personal development & wellness. Stephanie kept me accountable & gave me tips to remind myself how to feel truly great from the inside out. We practiced small steps to reach big goals & her support left me feeling that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. Working with Stephanie was an absolute gift. My biggest take away: We all get off track, but it's all about making our rebound time shorter.
I reached out to Stephanie because i had strayed from healthy habits and patterns that i had once practiced. Stephanie helped me to feel empowered and confident. She taught me skills and tools to lead a more fulfilled life. I only met with her for a couple weeks but in those couple weeks I was able to gain knowledge about myself and my struggles, allowing myself to really grow. Thanks to Stephanie and the skills she taught me I now feel more inspired and motivated to take care of myself.
Thank you SO much for helping me get back in shape, learn healthy habits, and boost my energy level! I hit rock bottom at the end of May and was really feeling down...and it changed my life! I could not have been more impressed! I thought it was going to be challenging to get down to 140, but when I hit that goal, I was motivated to keep going and set a new goal of 130. I finally made it!!!
I feel truly blessed to work with Stephanie. I have learned so much about myself & my power to live a joyful life. With her guidance I now have confidence that I can deal with stressful situations & have the tools to set boundaries which allow me to put myself first. I now make smart choices that I intuitively know are best for my healthy lifestyle. Filling my body with vibrant food while avoiding some of my old triggers have helped me stop binge eating and begin a new way of living. I am beyond grateful that I took the leap of faith and invested in myself because this work is life changing.
It was fantastic working with Stephanie. Her wellness program helped me organize and find areas where I wanted to improve on personal habits that created stress and kept me from moving forward on personal goals, such as weight loss, workouts, and healthier eating. The planner Stephanie creates contains inspirational quotes and my mantra to start my day on a positive note. With these new habits in place, I was able to lose more than 10 pounds and am continuing to lose weight. It was well worth the work and will do it again if I start to get off track.