Meet Steph

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Hi! I’m Steph! 

A few random facts about me – I love spicy food – I’ve lived in China for a total of about 6 years (yes, I speak Mandarin – at least enough to get great deals when I shop!) – I love dark, dark, dark chocolate – If I’m at home, it means I’m probably wearing a bathrobe, sweats, and slippers (but out on a date I will ROCK high heels!) – And I love to fall asleep reading every night!

I have a BA in English – that explains the reading every night 🙂 . I’m really hoping someday to go back and do more school! 

I’m a Mom of one teen girl who hates periods and bra shopping, and 3 little boys who can’t wait to be teenagers so they can have body hair and a six pack. 

Being a teen girl is FUN but HARD. I look back on my teen years and smile at the fun memories of school clubs and dances, and I shake my head and laugh at the MANY awkward moments – years! You would cringe at my dating stories! I also am saddened at some of the thoughts and beliefs I internalized about myself that caused insecurities and regrets as an adult. 

In my 30s, I’ve really dived deep into confidence, self-compassion, and body positivity. I’ve learned things I WISH I would have known when I was 13, 16, 18… things that could have made growing into a woman a little easier – or maybe would have lessened some of the regrets I have.

I want to share these things with MY daughter and hopefully help encourage you to share them with yours. I also want to learn from experts (including Penny!) about other things that I can talk with my daughter about that will make life a little easier – that will better equip her to handle some of the pressures, choices, and challenges that she is bound to face. If we can help these girls thrive, maybe it can make being a WOMAN as fun and liberating and empowering as it should be! 

Meet Penny

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Hey there! I’m Penny and I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time. I’m working on that.

I’ve never been able to decide what to do with myself. I graduated MANY years ago with a BA in Child and Family Studies. I’ve been a preschool teacher, a family advocate for underprivileged populations and I’ve even sold carpet for a living. Currently I’m a personal trainer. I’ve worked with clients  of all ages, but I found my joy in training senior citizens. 

I’m a mom of two teen girls and a 9 year old boy. I always assumed I’d be awesome at raising teens because of that one class I took in college (insert eyeroll here.) But guys! It’s HARD! I read books and listen to podcasts and relentlessly question other women who have survived this phase of life. I feel like I’m getting better, but still have so far to go. I’m hoping that this podcast will give Steph and me a place to share the things we’ve learned. Honestly, though, I am here for the opportunity to learn from my amazing friend Stephanie, the research that we will do and the people we will talk to. 

Despite having amazing parents, Teen Penny was a mess and she didn’t even know it. She was riddled with anxiety, created crazy high expectations for herself and didn’t think she was worth anyone’s time–something dumb teenage boys took advantage of. I’d love to go back and give “teen me” a hug and a pep talk.  And maybe throat punch a few boys. I want to help my girls learn to love the messiness that is adolescence and be confident in themselves and their worth. I hope you’ll join us.