Hi I'm Steph
I'm a crafty DIY entrepreneur. I love geeking out over nostalgic awesomeness. And I'm a Mormon.
Here are some random facts about my life (makes it easier to read, right?): - As a life-long crayon enthusiast, I think there's nothing better than opening a pack of crayons & imagining up all the things you can start creating! - I've been turning pixels into textiles by designing plush since 2005 and now my brand is my full-time business. It started because my grandma would occasionally make me embroider instead of playing video games when I was 8 years old. - I just got married to the coolest nerd in the universe and I'm so glad he found me on the internets. He's always been supportive of my faith, but has only recently started "admitting" souls might exist. - We adopted two twin ninja cats & can't get enough of them. Neither can the internet. ;) - My childhood summer vacations were spent creating worksheets & curriculum to teach other kids in my neighbourhood. Now I teach other humans to realise their inner awesomeness all over the world (sans worksheets). - I've been care-giving for my grandparents since I was 16. My grandfather's hard questions still inspire me 6 years after his passing to be a better human. My grandmother is my brand's Quality Control Expert. If she doesn't try to buy it from me right then, it won't sell.
We may have to go back to random facts here (otherwise, it would be a long essay): - Every time I see a pair of missionaries on the street, I am so stoked that young humans took up to 2 years out of their lives to devote time to help others. They give so much just to share the message that God would have His children hear again. We may not always be ready to hear it, but when we are, you can bet the missionaries are there to help. - The strong feeling I get when I'm making the right decision comes from my covenant that I made at baptism. The gift of the Holy Ghost is a constant reminder of how much our Heavenly Father loves us. It's such a blessing to know what I ought to do just by following those promptings! - The sigh of relief and sheer bliss I feel every time I take a step onto temple grounds. Have you ever been to one? *sigh* One of the first things I told my husband when we were dating was "If I ever look sad, just take me to the temple." I'm grateful for the peace that can be found there (and I haven't ever been inside yet)! - The knowledge that my ancestors are waiting to be reunited with me through my testimony of the Plan of Salvation. Being a care-giver, it took a lot out of me when my grandfather passed away. It took a lot out of my whole family. But I've been able to find peace through knowing we will be reunited with him one day... with our whole family. - The people that have been put in my life "randomly" have all helped me become a better human to help other humans be better humans. Given my circumstances, it would be highly improbable that I would be able to do that without the help of a higher power who has a plan for me. And I'm grateful that my Heavenly Father has been patient enough with me to let me be guided to a place where I could do what makes me happy.
I live my faith by being kind to others. It's the simple acts, you know? Offering to stay late to help clean up after a meeting. Asking someone if they're "really okay...?" and caring about the response they give. It's about going beyond what most people might do. I try to be thoughtful. When you really think about it, about how the Savior might treat someone crossing His path... wouldn't He ask them how they were? He'd probably try to help in the best way He could. And even if that's the only thing I accomplish that day, I know I did the best I could. For a long time, I wasn't as active as I would have liked to be in the church. It wasn't until recently that I noticed that all of the good things happening in my life could be traced back to the Gospel. And once you realise Heavenly Father's hand in your life, it's hard not to notice His hand everywhere. As the only convert in my family, I feel I only do my faith justice if I'm trying to help my family and community realise the awesomeness around them. I hope to help out more in my church soon. In the meantime, I'm donating my Sundays to crocheting hats for the homeless in our San Francisco community. It's small, but I hope it'll be helpful.