Stephanie: I really love it, too. Yeah. It's just expression, really.
Stephanie: Every tattoo that I have means something to me in some way or another. I wouldn't say it's because I'm super picky about what I get. I don't want to ever think oh, why I get that? I want it to be something that matters.
Jessica: Yeah, it's the same for me. I have been tattooed behind my ear, which I'm sure my mom has told you a little bit about how she feels.
Jessica: I got a meme tattooed behind my ear and it's Shavacado. Have you seen that?
Stephanie: I don't know what that is.
Jessica: Well, Taco Del Mar did a sign that said free avocado, but they spelled it wrong so it looks like free Shavacado.
Jessica: And I got that tattoo behind my ear.
Stephanie: That's awesome!
Jessica: I'm a little bit like though, it wasn't my most thought out tattoo. To be completely honest, it was not my most thought out and I think that's okay and I think that's okay for our listeners to hear is that, I wouldn't call it a mistake though, because even though it is ridiculous, and it's funny, and my mom hates it. I got it with my best friends and she was going through a really hard time in her life and part of her feeling more like herself was both of us getting this really ridiculous tattoo very close to her face and it's gonna be there forever and I'm going to look at it in some days, I'm gonna be like, I have avocado tattooed behind my ear, and it's spelled wrong and other days I'm going to look at it and be like, you know, I was there for friends.
Stephanie: I actually recently got a tattoo behind my ear and it's one of my favorites.
Jessica: Oh is it? Can I see it?
Jessica: Oh, I love it!
Stephanie: And I just got this one.
Jessica: Oh, yes!
Stephanie: And Brandon got Minnesota.
Jessica: Oh, that's cute.
Stephanie: We got it for our one year anniversary.
Jessica: I can't believe it's been a year.
Stephanie: I know. It's crazy.
Stephanie dives into what it's like balancing motherhood and being an entrepreneur
Jessica: This whole life journey has been crazy. You're a mom of six now.
Jessica: Just a whirlwind which kind of brings me to my next question and that is you balance family and vocation exceptionally well. You might not be [inaudible 12:37] because you're constantly balancing it.
Stephanie: Thank you.
Jessica: I see you chasing your dreams. I was there to photograph your wedding. I see how much do you love your husband, you know and I also see how much you pour in to those kids and you love them, all the ones that are biologically yours and the ones that are not and there is no way that you would know you were a blended family from the outside and you just balance it so well and you started two businesses that have been extremely successful. I think you're rocking it and so if someone were to come to you and be like, hey, Stephanie, I am balancing my life and I'm trying to balance my dream and I'm having a really hard time.
Stephanie: That I am also having a hard time. Every day is a new adventure. I tried to look at it as an adventure because that's better than like a nightmare or something. It's hard. It's really, really hard, but you just have to get up every day and do the best that you can and I would say that right now is has been the biggest struggle probably of my life just with not being able to work and not having any income and yet we just bought a house and have to put all this money into it and the kids are home all the time now and I'm finding myself homeschooling, which I never wanted to sign up for. So no matter what's going on, every day is gonna be a struggle balancing all the things we have to balance. You just have to do your best and try to take care of the things you need to take care of. If you didn't get to something, it's gonna wait for you so just let it go and try to take care of yourself because self-care is really really important for everybody.
Jessica and Stephanie discuss the importance of self-care
Jessica: Yeah, what's your go-to for self-care? I know you're really busy.
Stephanie: Honestly, I get really, really excited when I can lay on the couch and put a mask on my face and a little over a year ago maybe, I can't remember exactly when it was, but I started getting my nails done.
Jessica: I love your nails!
Stephanie: Thank you! It's not something that I ever really put the time into before and honestly, I don't really like sitting to have them done, but it makes me feel really good when they're done. So those are the two things that I would say I consistently put the time in to do and then here and there, I'll do other stuff but that's about what I get on the regular.
Jessica: That's awesome! This is weird, because I've spent like the past three years of my life going, can we just have a universal life pause, please? and can someone send me free money? And we're experiencing a universal life pause and I got my stimulus check yesterday. Okay, so I got both the things I want but I realized that's not actually what I want, was wanting or needing. I think what I wanted and needed was the motivation to connect with people.
Jessica: And that has been eye opening during the time when it's really hard to physically connect with people-
Jessica: -but it has definitely taught me a lot about myself, and that my self-care is going for walks and I hate exercise.
Jessica: I don't know why that has been the thing that brings a smile to my face, but it is that in being outside. My whole life, I hate going outside, I will avoid the sun at all costs, I do not want to go in the pool. Do not ask me to sit outside where the sun is and now I'm like, sunshine and exercise is like, I wake up in the morning, Sean's looking at me, he's like, Who are you? And I'm like, I don't know but this is who I am now and I'm like, get your running shoes on, we're going for a walk.