But anyone who knows Stacey will tell you, that’s only scratching the surface. She’s inspired so many other women through mentoring, leadership, and things like Blogalicious—which, by the way, is headed BACK to Maryland, this week! I had the pleasure of attending when it was in Washington, D.C., a couple years ago, and it was a wonderful experience…so full of life, diversity, and fun!
Read on to find out why we asked Stacey to be our September Girl Crush. You won’t be disappointed!
Give us the deets on your life and career…
I grew up in Montreal, Canada and came to the States in 1995 to attend college at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!). I majored in Television and Radio Production and then headed to Howard University School of Law in 1999. I graduated with my J.D. in 2002 and practiced corporate, advertising and technology law for 10 years.
Since 2010 I’ve been inspiring others to be intentional about designing their lives and celebrating the everyday through this lifestyle blog, events and my consulting business.
Not only have I had the extreme joy of pushing people in the direction that makes their eyes sparkle, but I’ve also had the pleasure of working on projects that have a purpose and make me feel good inside.
It’s my cheery outlook on life, my genuine desire to help others live their passions, my deep-seated love for entrepreneurship, and my knack for turning the little things into big experiences that drive my personal and business missions.
After shaking the corporate world in 2012, launching a parenting and work-life ‘balance’ blog in 2006, and co-founding a conference and leading a social movement that began in 2009, today I can say that I’ve finally honed in on my calling: to restore the joie de vivre in those I touch.
Who would you say have been your biggest role models?
My mom. She is so giving and fearless – in fact, she retired 2 months ago after a lifetime career in education and left for the Senior Peace Corps 2 weeks ago to teach English in Mexico! She is the perfect reminder that life is meant to be enjoyed and people are meant to be touched by your gifts.
Also? Oprah. Because she rewrote the story on what it means to create a media brand based on living your best life.
What do you love about your job and your life?
The fact that I own my own time. It allows me to work from home, volunteer at my kids’ schools, be present at every activity and provide a nurturing home base for them. Even if they don’t appreciate me yet!! I also love that my husband works from home 3 days a week – it’s a blessing to have that quality time so often.
The people that I’ve met and continue to have relationships with via social media are simply amazing. I have this blogging thing to thank for so many unforgettable experiences!
What has brought or given you the greatest satisfaction or fulfillment?
I know it’s cliche, but having kids. It’s the truth! I have 3 lovely kiddos and they are my everything.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I am Canadian and speak French. In fact…check this out: The Black Girl From Canada: My Untold Story.
6. Got anything fun on your bucket list?
I’ve got 100 things! Check out my Life List here.
When/where do you get your best ideas?
In the shower! It never fails LOL.
Three things you cannot live without?
- My MacBook Pro.
- The beach.
- Gummy candy.
- BONUS: lip balm.
Oddest thing in your purse right now?
A Ziploc bag of my business cards. I’m #klassy like that.
Current fashion/beauty obsession?
Arm candy! I’m all about stackable bangles right now.
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