About Stephanie and Taste of Good
I am so glad you found Taste of Good. In order to understand my story and the path that lead to creating Taste of Good, I have to ask you a quick question…
Have you ever felt this way?
You know you need to make a shift in your life, but you just don’t know where to start? Something just isn’t feeling right…it could be your health, emotional well-being, relationships, work, or another part of your life. You keep hearing about all the things you should be doing differently, but you just don’t know where to start or even what advice to take. You’re not lazy, you’re not looking for a magic pill (hint: they don’t exist anyway)…you just want some help, some direction, someone who’s there to support you. But, you don’t have the time to fully educate yourself on the endless topics and nuances, get degrees, or read book after book to hopefully gain some insights. You need bite-sized, trustworthy information that will guide you and empower you to ﬁnd your way.
I’ve been there…
This is what lead me down the path to creating Taste of Good and being here with you today. But I’m getting ahead of myself a bit, let me tell you about myself and my journey here and then you’ll know why I understand. I’m Stephanie, a Blogger, Certiﬁed Life Coach, Health & Wellness Coach, Food Nerd, and Recipe Creator. My passion lies in making life as healthy and happy as possible. I love to empower myself through research and healthy changes in my life, and I thrive on sharing that with my peeps (that’s you) through my website. Just giving you a Taste of Good and Healthy Living so you can use it to empower yourself to create a life you love.
I’m passionate, smart, goofy, bubbly, caring, and hard-working. I am a genuinely loving, loyal, and dedicated friend and trustworthy conﬁdant to my family and friends. I am relentlessly curious and yearn to understand each new topic as fully as I possibly can. Yes, I was that 4-year old who kept asking, “but why?” (much to the annoyance any adult around). I have always wanted to understand the world, and especially the people, around me more deeply. I am also way too critical of myself and catch myself wanting to do everything to the best of my abilities, which is exhausting and annoying. So yes, I’m a recovering perfectionist who still has some work to do, but life’s a journey.
It has been an interesting path for me, it took me across oceans, borders, and language barriers. Today, I live in Colorado (moved here in 2019), where I feel more at home than I have ever felt in my life. My husband Brad, our dog Lucy, and I are loving the mountain life. So how did I get here? Let’s take a little walk down memory lane…
The Early Days – Switzerland
I was born in the United States, but I spent my younger childhood years in Switzerland. I have very fond memories of those early days. Even though I was very young, I savored precious moments with my family, like preparing and enjoying meals together. One of my favorite spots was the kitchen. I was always at my mother’s side, ready to “help” with the “super important” tasks. Switzerland is also where my love for nature and the mountains was born. My memories of hiking with my father always make me smile. It was wonderful growing up surrounded by the unspoiled nature of the Swiss mountains. Here’s little me in the kitchen with my big sister Jess at our small stove. Mom would give us cooked rice and butter so we could “make our rice” on our tiny burner and baby pot. Clearly, we were creating some groundbreaking recipes there!
On the Move – Bahamas
When I was 13 years old, my Mom, siblings, and I moved to the Bahamas. I spent the remaining years of my childhood and also ﬁnished high-school there. Moving from the punctual, snowy, old-world Switzerland to the slow, sunny beach-life of the Bahamas was quite an adjustment. My siblings and I found ourselves at home there remarkably fast. We learned to adapt to the new language (English and Bahamian ‘Island-English’) and, of course, also ‘Island Time (a.k.a. nothing is ever on time). We grew to love the ocean and our new way of life. Here I am with my little brother Tommy soaking up the sun, and it’s clear he much better at it.
Growing up in different countries awarded me many wonderful opportunities. I soaked up the different cultures, languages, and of course, the culinary offerings. It also taught me to be adaptable, resilient, and self-sufﬁcient. These discovered strengths are what sustained me and brought me to you today.
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Education + Experience
Going off to college brought me back to America; I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and was able to get a taste of the South. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. After undergrad, I was eager to move on to grad school for Clinical Psychology. Shortly after I began my studies in a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program, I experienced intense health problems. My symptoms were so severe that it forced me to put my education on hold. I’ve always had a ‘sensitive stomach,’ but I was experiencing debilitating digestive issues. I was also suffering from excruciating migraines. This affected my daily life so severely that I developed intense anxiety and was basically house-bound.
Finding my Strength
I knew in my heart that I had to make some serious changes in my life! So I went on a soul-searching and body-healing journey. I took an honest look at myself and my life and ﬁnally asked myself what I really desired for my future. This led me to dig into health and nutrition studies to empower myself. I wanted to ﬁnd the balance my body needed through my nutrition and lifestyle choices. With time and patience, I found my way to that place; through lots of books, research, and support. Now I am in a much better place with my health and my goals. My journey has inspired me to work hard to help others ﬁnd the answers they’re seeking in their lives.
Becoming a Health Coach
My search for learning and understanding led me through several study programs to gain as much knowledge as I could. In the ﬁrst online study program I earned my Certiﬁcate as a Nutritional Consultant. It sparked my curiosity and interest in this world of self-empowerment and self-healing. Then I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and gained my Health Coach Certiﬁcation. During my time with IIN, I got a taste for coaching and I instantly knew that I wanted to learn more about it. I really craved to expand my knowledge in life coaching so I could assist my clients in more than just their health and wellness. I wanted to be able to support them in their soul-searching times and even their day to day struggles.
Becoming a Life Coach
I further developed my coaching skills with the International Coach Academy (ICA). This is where the life coaching bug really bit me, and I just knew that this was my sweet spot. I loved connecting with clients and seeing their growth and celebrating their wins with them. The ICA’s Certiﬁed Coach Training Program is an in-depth and well-rounded course. It spans over a year-and-half and is approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The ICF is the world leader and main certifying body in the world of coaching. I am certiﬁed through the ICF as an Associate Certiﬁed Coach (ACC). Want to know more? I’ve got more info on coaching and my coaching style. You can also read my Client Testimonials, where some of my former coaching clients have shared their experiences of our time together.
Creating Taste of Good
As I was building my coaching business and working with clients, I kept yearning for a platform to contribute and speak to a greater audience. A place where more people could ﬁnd me and my research; and use it to empower and help themselves. So I started working on TasteofGood.com and found that the response to my work here was reaching further than I could have ever imagined. As my site’s reach grew and grew, I discovered my love for this online community. I love working in partnerships with individuals and brands. I’m always looking for new ways to grow and empower our collective community. If you have any input on how we can work together for this shared goal of improving health and happiness, please be sure to connect with me.
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Yoga and meditation bring me immense joy and comfort, when I can rip myself from my work to get on the mat. My meditation practice keeps me grounded, focused, and mindful; it has really changed my life. I’ll be sharing some of my mediation mantras and experiences with you.
I also have a deep love for cooking and baking. Be sure to check out my Recipes, Kitchen Hacks & Good Eats. I cherish the time spent in the kitchen, connecting with loved ones over good food. My favorite way to spend a Sunday evening is cooking up a storm with my hubby. I’ve earned the nickname Health-Focused Foodie because I believe that what we eat should be delicious AND good for you.
Hiking in the mountains is my absolute favorite thing to do. I love being surrounded by nature, breathing in the fresh air, and ﬁlling my soul with Mother Earth’s exquisite beauty. On these excursions I am always accompanied by my dog Lucy, and if I’m lucky (most times), Brad joins as well. Lucy is a little ﬂuff of love, but don’t let her small size fool you, she will keep walking until the sun goes down.
My love for nature and plants doesn’t stop at my front door. Of course, I had to ﬁll our home with nature too! I love my house plants, they clean our air and bring me so much joy (even if I’m in danger of becoming the crazy plant lady). At the moment of this writing, I have about 30 house plants (that’s reasonable! Right?). If you’re a friend of mine on social media you might know have seen evidence of this, please support my cause (read: addiction) with encouragement and feedback.
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I also ﬁnd immense joy in time spent with friends. I have been lucky enough to grow beautiful friendships in my life that are profoundly nurturing and powerful. Brad and I love playing board games, so you know we are very invested in our game nights with our friends (yup, proud board game geek here).
Other sources of inspiration and joy for me are travel and photography. I have been able to travel to some pretty cool places over the years. I always have my camera dangling from my neck, ready for the next sight to capture. These pictures are gold to me, mementos of my time spent discovering a new place. I believe that each new place you discover changes you a little. If you’re mindful and present, you can carry it with you forever, and it will leave its mark on you. Be sure to connect with me on social media to follow along on some of my journeys and get a glimpse of some of my past adventures.
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