Retired Storyteller, Chief Executive Storymaker
Once upon a time I made a living telling other people’s stories. I sat in a windowless office spinning yarns for some of the world’s biggest brands. I got really good at telling other people’s stories but when it came to making my own, I got writer’s block. I was making a good living but wasn't driving my own narrative forward. So one day, I wrote myself right out of that job and into a road trip across the country. Then into a harvest party on top of Florence, into a chocolate factory in Switzerland and a flower market in Paris. I wrote myself into a part-time job at an enchanted wine shop. I wrote myself into Portuguese lessons and bartending school. Cooking lessons in Mexico and a 10-day silent meditation retreat in the mountains and a street photography adventure in Cuba. For years I've been wondering what it would be to work on a farm--so I just wrote myself onto an organic farm on Shelter Island for the month of May. My life looks a lot different than it used to, but it didn't happen overnight. In order to make new stories, I had to stop telling myself the same old ones. It’s so easy to make a new story once you decide to do it. I can choose to weave myself in and out of all kinds of tales. Introduce new characters or write them out of the script. And I can thicken the plot pretty easily with a just a little imagination. When I’m not storymaking, I’m helping other people drive their own narrative forward.
Stephanie Najor is wellness expert, certified in Ayurveda, Whole Food Plant-Based Medicine and Reiki. She has spent years collecting tools including meditation, pranayama, tapping, reflexology, HeartMath, muscle-testing, iridology and more. She believes illness starts in the mind, but so does wellness, and has made it her life’s mission to inspire people to make a new story. She won’t eat ketchup no matter how much you pay her and you won’t catch her without her rose-colored glasses because they go with everything.