Good morning, friends! Before I jump into an awesome interview, I want to let everyone know that I have a few spaces left for private coaching in October. Shoot me an email if you're interested, and we can have a chat. :) Now, on to the interview! I am really loving all of these Q+A's, and I feel like they are spreading the message of wellness on a deeper, individualized level. Hope you're enjoying them, too!
Meet Stephanie! Stephanie and I started following each other on Instagram a while back, and I immediately fell in love with her authentic, fun, and inspirational posts. I then started following her lifestyle blog, Love Living Whole, where shares the best grocery shopping hauls, Whole 30/60/90 inspired snacks and meals, yoga poses, gardening and seed tips, and much more! We share a mutual love for Trader Joe's, Target, kombucha, organic food, and balance! Basically, she's the bee's knees, and I had to share her with you guys! Also, if we didn't live 2,500 miles away from each other we'd probably be sipping our kombucha, eating our kale chips, and doing yoga together. Wanna join us? ;-) Take a peek below to learn more about Steph!
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
STEPHANIE: I am a mom to Charlotte and Jackson, and married to Daniel. I am a Target, Trader Joe’s, and Wegman’s junkie! No joke. Over two years ago you could find me shopping the latest trends, and now I live for organic food. How things have changed! I am an organic gardener, and seed hoarder. I love to grow sunflowers, and all the veggies! Save the bees!! I started living a mostly Paleo lifestyle in 2013, and love it! I love to run, and practice yoga. My beauty routine is cruelty free. I live a very crunchy lifestyle, and love it! I am also a Fitfluential Ambassador.Q: What inspired you to start Love Living Whole?
S: I started blogging in 2012 as Peplum + Coffee – it was more of a beauty blog, but my love for a healthy lifestyle changed, so I changed my name to Love Living Whole.
Q: Have you always lived a healthy lifestyle? If not, what inspired you to get into it?
S: I have not. Before getting pregnant with my daughter in 2010, I was always eating out, and not living a very healthy lifestyle.
Q: I understand that love the Paleo lifestyle, and have done several Whole 30’s, as well as a Whole 90. Congrats! Tell us a little about your experience behind that, and how it works for you.
S: I actually started eating somewhat Paleo in 2013. After struggling with getting pregnant again, I read that eating Paleo helps increase fertility. I did my first Whole30 in May 2013, and was pregnant right after.
Q: How do you show yourself radical self-love?
S: I always take a moment to be alone, and regroup from each day. This helps me focus on the positive things. I also try to make it to the gym at least four times a week. This helps with the normal stress of life. I also like to take walks during my lunch break, and get away from the phone calls and internet.
Q: What is your favorite self-care regimen?
S: I like to do headstands. This might sound silly, but I feel so relaxed after doing some yoga, and headstands. It’s all about that balance.
Q: When do you feel the most beautiful?
S: I feel the most beautiful after a really good workout. I feel like it releases so much stress and I could take on anything.
Q: Do you have a spiritual practice? If so, describe it.
S: I like to meditate, and create daily affirmations. This helps me with goals, and balancing family, work, and my daily life.
Q: What does a Happy, Healthy Balance look like to you?
S: I think everything in moderation. You cannot live a perfect life, everyone has their flaws. I think we need more people practicing positive actions, and less negativity.
1. What is the last meal you cooked?
S: Bunless burgers.
2. Favorite food?
S: Bacon and eggs.
3. Favorite way to indulge?
4. What is your favorite way to move your body?
S: I love to do inversions and headstands.
5. Who is your girl crush?
S: Jennifer Lawrence
6. What is your spirit animal?
7. What is one of your favorite quotes?
S: "Dream chasers wear sneakers."
8. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
S: Living Whole, and Finding Balance.
9. What is the best gift (material or not) that you’ve ever received?
S: My children
10. What is your wish for the world?
S: More people being positive, and less negativity.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this interview with Stephanie, as much as I enjoyed asking her the questions!