JoAnna Stephens: LOVE over FEAR

My name is JoAnna Stephens. I am a storyteller, an artist, a futurist, and I have brain cancer. My biggest fear has always been being perceived as crazy. Living in a world I am the only one in agreement with. Being completely isolated in my own brain with no one to share my experiences with….

The Setback

Just imagine: you’ve been smart about it all. You’ve planned, you’ve budgeted, you’ve saved… you’ve dotted every i and crossed every t. You’ve said all the right things, met all the right people, and followed the proper trajectory on your path to ultimate success… …and suddenly you’re behind 8 ball. Beyond things coming to a…

Help.

These days, you can throw a pebble in any direction and hit a Life Coach. They come in all shapes and sizes, and flood your social media platforms with anecdotes and buzzwords meant to lure you into trading currency (energetic or physical) to learn more. With the help of inspirational quotes, good lighting and great…

From Breath to Bounty

The physical manifestation of DOING seems simple enough. Action, we are taught, is almost instinctive in its ease. We are raised with the notion of simply doing to produce any given result, and taught that the consequence of such will shake itself out. If all you know is to simply do a thing, then it’s…

The Conscious Art of Growth

So here you are, turning your Obstacles into Options and trying to rise to your highest best self. Here you are, breathing and making space and expanding into new avenues as you find your way to growth. And in your excitement, you spill your happiness and thoughts and ideas into the space of others… And…

Obstacles and Options

Obstacles are neither good or bad. They simply are. Obstacles exist because they do. The more we see the thing as it is, versus as we are, the less likely we are to take the thing personally. The size or scope of any given obstacle depends entirely on the person it is affecting. Proof lies…

The Red Line

What does it take to draw a red line in the sand? How much is too much? Where is your boundary, and when you reach it… what will you do about it? Some of us are very clear about this line. Some of us see the line, recognize it as the last possible place of…

Walking Away

“It takes empathy to meet people where they are. It takes empathy, wisdom and a considerable amount of courage to leave people where they are.” Part of Protecting Your Spirit and taking stock of The Energy Bank involves the sometimes difficult task of walking away. When do you know when it’s time to go? How…

The Energy Bank

Energy, like time and money, is currency. We give it, we share it, we receive it. Since we cannot create or destroy energy, we have no choice but to view it in terms of quality and quantity. Whether we respect it or not, we all have a proverbial energy bank. Typically we come to respect…

Self… Time… Expectations…

Manage. Management is part of identifying the how of things. Management is not consecutive or linear, and often requires that we be open to the actual fluid nature of existence. The more we are open to the idea of management, the better we are able to manage. Once you’ve identified the ‘what’ (that you want),…