Many of us are feeling the pull to slow down, simplify and create more space in our lives. Living in a constant state of stress and pressure can wreak havoc on our bodies...not to mention our spirits, relationships and so much more. And our stress just seems to compound when we're surrounded by disorganization and chaos, doesn't it? Meditation, yoga and deep breathing are all remarkably helpful for decluttering the mind. But what about our homes? An organized home - with systems in place - just feels better. In fact, it can actually energize us, give us more confidence and reduce anxiety. (hallelujah!)
When I met Stephanie Sikora, I knew immediately that we had connected for a reason. She's a kindred spirit in many ways and her passion for organizing is contagious. Stephanie has built an extraordinary business around helping others "turn chaos into calm," all the while pursuing her best life! I can't wait for you to get to know Stephanie :).
Tell us a little about you, your background and what inspired you to start your business...
I am a mom of two little girls and just celebrated by 40th birthday! woo hoo! I am originally from Upstate New York and have lived in Colorado for almost 15 years now. My husband is a native and I think we are here to stay. We love it, but wish I did more to take advantage of all that this beautiful state has to offer.
I worked in healthcare for the first 15 years of my career and have separate graduate degrees in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Healthcare Leadership.
A few years ago, I caught myself going through life on the proverbial "hamster wheel" and I realized I was missing out on the the precious little moments with my kiddos. I was not present. I was determined to find a way to do what we need to do each day to run our households and manage our lives, but without such busyness and lack of presence. This led me down my own personal path to simplify our home and other aspects of our lives and build systems to make our life easier - to make it easier to get out the door each morning or to get dinner on the table each night. I really focused on clearing spaces so that my mind could be at ease versus feeling anxious with stuff everywhere. Simplifying our space is another form of mindfulness. When we simplify and decrease the overstimulation of our immediate environment, we can quiet the stress response and reinforce the smart part of our brain that allows us to be more rational and present.
I know there are so many other moms who feel this way and seeing the "rushing women syndrome" around me and knowing the impact this has on our families, it inspired me to share my learnings with other women and go into their homes lives to help them simplify and create their own systems to make life simpler.
What most fuels your creativity?
What has been the most rewarding thing about following your dreams?
As challenging as entrepreneurship can be, I find the journey so rewarding. I’ve learned so much in just a year and have grown more than I ever imagined. I also find great joy in seeing how the work I get to do impacts families. I get to see it first hand!! I get to see moms less stressed and families more connected.
What’s your favorite form of self-care?
I have a coffee date with myself each day! Taking time for myself in the morning to get in some kind of exercise, reading, journaling and, of course, coffee! I also try to unwind with a good book at the end of the night or some kind of show after my kids fall asleep :).
Do you have any daily rituals or habits that shape your day?
Again, mornings are my daily ritual. It is my favorite time of day to get centered. In addition to some exercise and coffee, I try to read something inspirational, do a 5-10min meditation or do my 5 minute journal. If I don't do one or more of the above, I am not a very fun person to be around each day. ha!
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…
I just re-read The Four Agreements and the second agreement, "do not take things personally" is some advice that is really helping me to stay focused and positive currently. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our thoughts and thinking that the things going on around me, personally or professionally, are something personal about me, but they are not. It is a good reminder to help me stop this thought pattern and wasting my energy in this negative thinking.
My favorite business tool/resource/book or podcast is…
I love Amy Porterfield's Podcast - Marketing Made Easy. I love how she communicates and I find the informations so helpful. I recently read, The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy, and this helped me to realize that the small steps I am taking each day, although the feel small and insignificant, are really going to add up to something bigger. I just need to keep showing up :)
One thing I can’t live without…
Coffee :) I am not even sure it is the caffeine, I just love the ritual of having a cup each morning. It gets me up at the crack of dawn!
What I’m reading right now…
I always try to have a fun book for night time and something inspirational for my morning time. Night time read right now is "Tell Me More" by Kelly Corrigan. I am loving this! For my morning time, I just finished "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz and I think I am going to read it again as there are such powerful messages in their that I need to really let sink in. I am a huge book nerd and am always adding to my library book list and just added - Get Rich, Lucky Bitch: Release Your Money Blocks and Live a First-Class Life by Denise Duffield Thomas. I have heard such good things and as female entrepreneur I am always trying to work on my money mindset.
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