We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Wasson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
A positive and mindful morning routine has not only been a positive habit in itself but it has also inspired me to create and maintain more positive habits. It is the positive habit “gateway drug” if you will. I used to just jump out of bed and smack into being productive, but I would feel either hyperactive, groggy, or unmotivated. This would seep into the rest of my day and effect my mindset and therefore make it more likely to create and maintain unhealthy habits throughout my day. Through self-exploration, books, and podcasts, I have slowly built a morning routine that supports my mindset and sets me up to create and maintain healthy habits throughout my day. I wake up 30 minutes earlier than I used to, drink a probiotic and prebiotic, meditate for 10 minutes, read over my visions and goals, and then listen to my favorite song, sip my coffee, and write affirmations for the day. This gets me in a mindset to take on the day and centers me. I refrain from social media, emails, or anything work related until after I have taken care of myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
To be honest and transparent, I struggle to answer this question because it is difficult to define my career, my accomplishments, and what sets me apart. I would have to begin by saying, first, I am a teacher. I’ve taught middle school, high school, I’ve coached, I’ve sponsored clubs, I’ve developed curriculum, but the vein that has ran through all of my work has been a strong focus on being a refuge for my school family (both students, staff, and other teachers), and helping them advocate for themselves. My students not helpless or less than because they are younger. Just like adults they possess everything they need. I am here to show them tools to help access and elevate their gifts and talents. I started with teaching because this passion has led me to acquire my most recent title of entrepreneur. I found that I was pouring so much of myself into teaching that I was not giving myself the tools that I strive to give students. As a result, I began to explore things that I love and creating in the kitchen stuck. I shared my passion with the world and saw how it positively impacted others. This led me to creating my blog and has pushed me to evolve my brand to include helping others pour into themselves beyond the kitchen.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have not lived in Dallas long, but I have explored the city as best I can from a covid perspective. I love to spend time outside, so I would bring my friend to Cedar Ridge nature perserve to hike. I would also schedule time out to go the Dallas Arboretum to see the Texas tulips and then eat across the street at Smokey Rose. For dinner, I would take my friend to XOXO dining room. It has a really cool atmosphere, great food, and a cup cake wheel that they bring out with sparklers. A cup cake wheel… I mean come on! Some of my other favorite areas would have to be Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts district for more food, local shops, and great wall murals.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
One book has inspired me to not only move towards my dreams, but also take the time evaluate what my dreams are and what my purpose is. This book is “You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero. This was my first exploration into the “self-help” world and it completely shook me to my core. Since completing the book, I started my blog, fell in love with teaching, applied and got into grad school, and made major moves towards my dreams. It helped me realize that life is abundant, and my happiness does not take away from others. In fact, my joy and purpose lead life add to other’s happiness. She presented it in a fun and real way which kept me laughing but also lead me to self-improvement.
Other: pinterest: @every_daylicious