Mama to two amazing boys who love wrestling, building, creating, and being the light in other’s lives. Dog mommy to Hugo, my little old man-pug who hasn’t left my side since 2010.
I was an introverted mommy’s girl who grew up in a tiny town called White Rock. My dad instilled in me a hard-work ethic, silliness, laughter, an obsession with coffee, and a never-give up attitude. My mom showed me what it means to be selfless and love with a servant's heart. She taught me unconditional love.
Middle school and high school were a hot-mess express (rebellion and identity issues anyone?!). I’m going to not so casually skip over those precious years. Haha!
By my mid-20’s, I had channeled my ambition into achievement. I double-majored in accounting and finance, and went on to become the youngest financial controller in a global company by the age of 26.
I met my hubby in 2010 at work (he was the auditor #sorrynotsorry) and the moment I saw him I said, “I’m going to marry him.”
And I did.
shout-out to my baby daddy...
The man who supports my crazy dreams.
loves me through my trials.
believes in me.
shows our boys what it means to be a godly husband and father.
he is one of the greatest gifts god has given to me.
It was 2012, I was newly married and we were ready for a family. Brad and I decided it was my chance to try my hand at something new… something where I could work from home and raise our future littles.
I got lost in chasing success the world’s way. I rose to the top 1% of my network marketing business and by 2015, I ‘had made it’. I walked the stage carrying a 60K bonus check in front of 20K people… little did I know how much success was stealing from me.
In the 2 years that followed, I gained 60 pounds, had a newborn, was riddled with anxiety attacks and felt consumed with the uncontrollable desire to work and do more. Achieve more.
I now know that I was holding my worth and worthiness inside my worldly success.
In 2016 my business crumbled. The 1,000s of people in my downline seemed to disperse overnight. I wasn’t able to rebuild faster than it was falling apart.
I had made one dire mistake - I had put all my eggs in someone else’s basket.
I found myself broken, searching for identity. The money was gone. The team was dwindling, fast. I vividly remember running the numbers in our accounts and going to my husband with a tear-streaked face… telling him, “We don’t have enough to pay the bills.” He lovingly and calmly said, “It’s okay babe. We will borrow it from Miles' savings account and I’ll sell my Harley motorcycle.” Just like that. He selflessly loved me through my mistakes, and held my hand through one of my darkest seasons.
It’s moments of pure grace and God’s loving hand that got me through that tough year.
That was it. I knew I had to stop letting ‘busy’ and ‘more’ run my life. I knew I needed to surrender, to let go of control and to redefine what success meant for me. To fully and truly trust God for the first time, ever.
I was a Christian on paper, but I was missing a relationship with Christ. I was missing the rest only He provides. I was missing His path for my life.
I got out a sheet of paper and I wrote down who God wanted me to be. I started with time with Him, surrender, obedience. To get healthy, to show up in my marriage and motherhood BEFORE my business. To serve instead of sell. And to grow in my faith in order to have a fruitful future.
Holy spirit began whispering to me to step back into entrepreneurship. But this time, God’s way.
I wasn’t sure what that meant, how, or what I would even do, to be honest.
But, I stepped out in faith. I started with Facebook Lives and then moved to coaching network marketers, then mompreneurs. I helped them get over their fear, grow businesses online, and market His way. I listened carefully to His whispers and shamelessly partnered business coaching with faith.
It was a slow grow. As it should have been.
I love so much how God knows exactly what we need, even when we don’t.
I kept praying to God to guide me, to direct my steps. To use my business for his good. To show me how I could impact and lead the women He needed me to, without doing it the world's way...
In October of 2018 I woke from a prophetic dream. The message was clear: Start a Podcast. HUH?! I didn't listen to podcasts and I had no idea how to start one. That day, I kept feeling the Holy Spirit prompt me so I grabbed the $20 Amazon mic I had stuffed in a drawer, plugged it in and pressed record.
I felt the click. I knew it was an answered prayer. A way for me to show up in my authenticity, build a biz around my littles, and wear #PJsAllDay. haha. Hallelujah!
3 short years later I am in awe of what God has done through this platform. How He has partnered with me to grow something that has truly become a ministry. He is so faithful and I'm forever thankful that I was obedient in answering his command.
Today, I GET to help women get clarity on their callings, create a Kingdom business using podcasting and courses, and maintain their boundaries, and priorities.
It’s proven one thing to me: your dreams for your life pale in comparison to God's dreams for your life.
Lydia has been with #TeamStef for a year (even though it feels like forever)! She was a divine appointment by the Lord! Lydia submitted her application mentioning Isaiah 30:21 while I was redoing sales copy and saw the exact verse on my screen. She was hired. Lydia manages all student success, community assistants, and interns. Lydia is also the operations manager in charge of procedures, SOPs and organizing Stef’s brain.
Strengths: Supportive, Sarcastically hilarious, Micro-details mixed with big-picture vision, Girl can work a spreadsheet, and God-centered in all she does.
Lydia lives in Texas with her husband and two boys. She drinks as much La Croix as I do. #twins
Nina started with me three years ago and her role has evolved from podcast pitching to Jane of all trades! Nina runs my client bookings, inbox, podcast management, podcast pitching, back-office, and basically… my life. Lol! I couldn’t run my biz without her.
Strengths: Organized, focused, detail-oriented, kind, uber-productive, intuitive, loyal
Nina lives in Romania with her two kids and husband and she speaks Romanian, English, Spanish, and French!
Ale and I go way back to my network marketing days! After taking one of my very first programs, I encouraged Ale to start a graphic design business. I saw her gift clear as day. She began doing graphics for all my clients, and then for me. Here we are three years later and she is the sole designer for all of Stefanie Gass, LLC, my students, and my clients! She runs www.ahappymompreneur.com
Strengths: Creative, Techy, Supportive, Visionary, Heartfelt, and totally ON-IT!
Ale lives in Monterrey, Mexico with her husband and 2 kids. She loves summer and home organization.
Kristi was a Podcast to Profit student who I just fell in love with. Over time Kristi's heart of gold shined so bright we invited her to become part of the team! She was a natural fit with the students and after taking all my courses and graduating P2P with honors, it was the perfect fit!
Strengths: Kind, encouraging, joyful, techy, and everyone's favorite solopreneur
Kristi was a teacher for 30 years and has been married to her honey for 38 years! She is a mini to her amazing grandsons and she loves Jesus, her family, her church, and chocolate (in that order)!
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