About 6 years ago I started getting acupuncture on a regular basis to help me w/ migraines & vertigo….and I got hooked. I’ve always been a “holistic” type person, so I transitioned into that lifestyle easily. I began brushing up on my reiki training & then heard about reflexology. After getting nationally certified in reflexology, I started dabbling in aromatherapy (Steph’s Stuph was born after I finished my certification in aromatherapy) and then I began incorporating ayurvedic practices, like my hot stone treatment, into my bag of tricks. Currently I’m in the process of thinking about starting certification for nutrition & lifestyle coaching!
For other shop owners, I would say it’s important to constantly promote your shop on social media…but also to like & promote other shops you’re interested in. We’re all in this together & if you pat someone else’s back, they may pat yours back!
My favorite product(s)- I can’t decide between the Grounding spray (I use it every night on my bedsheets) or the Maple Hill (bourbon) candle or the Nana’s Pecan Pie candle (inspired by the smell after my nana made fresh ones in her home).
Either ‘Blackbird’ by the Beatles or ‘Defying Gravity’ from the musical Wicked.
I don’t love so much about Brooklyn- having to commute on the subway in & out of Manhattan during rush hour (I avoid it at all costs), and the fact that’s it’s SO hard to get between Brooklyn & Queens (where many friends live).
I have been in some movies. A lot of them are indie films that went through the festival circuit. But- I was in ‘Cry Wolf’ ( a larger scale indie film), and was Rachel McAdams double in ‘Wedding Crashers’. I’ve also done numerous commercials (Dollar Tree, Hanes Underwear, Anti-smoking, etc) and lots of stage/theatre work.
I’m currently doing a world premiere of a new play called ‘Delirium’s Daughters’ at Theatre Row in New York. In rehearsal I learned that in Italy they called the Pope, “papa”. I thought that’s just what I called my grandpa!
Least favorite- moist (ewwww!!!!)
Weird nicknames….well.. my family called me “onion head” until I was about 2 b/c I barely had any hair. My papa calls me “Snoopy” and my mom calls me “Monkey”…still to this day!