We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, every day, we talk about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
The calling came in March 2019 when a business school paper sparked my personal development journey. It led me to my coach Rachel Onojafe. Rachel helped me grow my confidence. She helped me to explore the direction I wanted to head down. She held space for me to learn, build and grow. She challenged me to step outside my comfort zone while always making sure I knew she was there for encouragement and support. For the first time, I thought ‘damn, I can do this – I can live my dreams.’ What will stay with me forever is how I felt in our coaching container – excited, inspired, challenged, safe, loved, supported, seen, heard, respected. Rachel gave me the gift of believing in and loving myself.
I want to help women feel and do the same. My mission is to support as many women as possible because I firmly believe that when they realize and embody their worth, magic happens. They just have to love, trust and believe in themselves. If you told me three years ago I would start a business as a LIFE COACH, I would laugh in your face and tell you that’s the most absurd thing I’ve heard. But I’m here to tell you that this reality I live in today is what life coaching is. You are the caterpillar. Your dream life is the butterfly. Coaching is the chrysalis that allows you to dissolve and evolve. I want to be your chrysalis. Bet on yourself because the rewards are GREATER than your mind can even try to believe.
What should our readers know about your business?
I think the hardest part of doing anything is starting. You play out all the different scenarios of what could happen in your mind – what may or may not happen, what people will think and say, how you will be perceived and the list goes on. You get overwhelmed and the fear of the unknown is too great so you just stay where you are and keep doing what you’re doing. That was me. Until one day, the cost of staying the same became too much. Becoming an entrepreneur is terrifying…but not as terrifying as staying unfulfilled in my complacency. What I’ve learned is that while starting is difficult, you only have to do it ONCE. Just rip off the bandaid! I’ll leave you with this: is the cost of never knowing what could be > the cost of staying where you are? Regardless of the answer and what you choose to do, ALWAYS bet on yourself because YOU ARE WORTH IT.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My dream day in Atlanta would be spent on the Beltline! First stop – Ponce City Market. I love that it’s occupied by the coolest local shops and eateries. There is something for everyone!
After all that shopping and walking, you’re probably feeling ready for a break! Next stop, Ladybird 🐞 This is my FAVORITE place to have a drink and sit outside. Also, it’s camp themed. Need I say more?!
To close out the day, dinner at Two Urban Licks for delicious food and (more) drinks. It also holds a special place in my heart because it’s one of the first restaurants my husband and I visited when we first moved to Atlanta. Years later, we also hosted our rehearsal dinner here.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My daughter, Dottie. When I look into her eyes, I see the future. I see the power, courage and strength to light a fire and blaze a path forward in a job or industry where she doesn’t see anyone who looks like her. I see the possibility of being whoever she chooses to be because that’s her heart’s desire. I see individuality… “why fit in when you were born to stand out?” I see the vulnerability of showing up as her authentic self. I see the curiosity of exploring and learning. Each day as I watch her mimic my actions, I realize it’s not enough to tell her these things. I have to SHOW her. And just like that my girl is already the toughest teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from. In the process of showing up for her, I am seeing that I’m showing up for myself.
My husband, Parker. It’s easy to enter into the unknown when you know there is always a safe harbor waiting for you. Parker is my safe harbor. His unconditional love, support and encouragement are the fuel that keeps me going when I’m running on empty. He holds the dream when I’ve hit obstacle after obstacle. He tells me “you can and will” when I say “I can’t and I won’t.” There are no words that can express my love and gratitude for him.