Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Wall Morrow.
Hi Stephanie, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started practicing yoga right when I graduated from college. My first teacher was over 80 years old and I figured she must be doing something very right to be so active and healthy at her age. I love the fact that yoga can be accessible to anyone, anywhere.
Around the same time I began to practice yoga, most of my energy was spent being hyper focused on my career. I knew that I wanted to start a family and that it would be imperative to take good care of myself and seek further balance. Being able to prioritize self-care, in any form, has really made a significant difference in how I feel on a day-to-day basis. I did not realize how much I was proactively doing to take good care of myself until the pandemic hit. As I watched the challenges that everyone was facing at the very beginning of it all, I realized that self-care is something that can make a difference on a daily basis, in both good times and challenging times.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would say that my road has had a few potholes, but when you drive an SUV you don’t seem to feel them as much. My gut tells me that most of the potholes have been brought on by the fact that I have a fairly demanding full-time job in the healthcare arena. It can be hard to balance life with any demanding job, but even more so when adding a side gig into the mix. However, teaching yoga, meditation, and coaching has been so rewarding that is an energy source for me. I decided to start this endeavor while my five-year-old was 3 months old and anyone who has young children can imagine what that is like.
Potholes, speed bumps, and roadblocks are all things that come up in life. I find that it is not about what is getting in our way, but how we react to those situations that can make us move forward in a more powerful and positive way.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
My professional career has always involved problem-solving and consulting. That really has helped to prepare me to better serve my clients from a wellness perspective. Each individual situation is unique and it’s important to recognize what exactly will help to best support someone in the realm of self-care. I firmly believe in meeting yourself exactly where you are at any point in time. There is a realness in this that allows us to determine exactly what we need presently and how that may be different than in the past. There was a day during the shutdown in 2020 that I decided to make cookies for dinner – that’s where I was. My kids thought it was great.
I am the most proud of being able to support people and being able to make a difference (whether big or small) in their day. Everyone needs support, attention and love, and everyone deserves those things. I have been fortunate throughout my career to be able to support myself and my family by serving others.
The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Absolutely! The times in life that are the most difficult allow us the greatest growth, although it doesn’t seem that way at the time.
I learned how difficult things can be for frontline healthcare workers. This became very clear, very quickly. However, this is something that that is a regular part of the job for these individuals, pandemic or not. I have a whole different level of respect and empathy now. It is not the type of work that I have the strength to do. They make such a difference and do it is such a graceful way.
I also learned that staying home together and really slowing down brings a different perspective. My husband and I have never spent that many days in a row together! It took some time to adjust to, but it became something we will look back on favorably.
- Virtual Weekend Getaway- A monthly yoga and meditation workshop to journey away in your mind. – $35 per workshop
- Relax and Restore – A six-week restorative yoga series. Each 60-minute class is offered via Zoom. – $95 for the series
- Establishing a Self-Care Program – A 1:1 weekly coaching program to establish habits and find what forms of self-care work for you. The program consists of a weekly coaching session for 10 consecutive weeks. Each 45 minute weekly coaching session takes place on Zoom. – $895 for the program with payment plans available.
- Corporate Wellness Program- custom packages and pricing available upon request.
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