My name is Stephanie Segretto and I’m the owner of Inspired Living LLC. I’m a veteran teacher turned Integrative Wellness, Fitness Nutrition and Life Concierge Coach who has had her own long term health challenges and refuses not to thrive. I now help people create their personal wellness blueprint for a healthier and happier life.
How many of you, like me, were raised to believe that you need to go to college, graduate and get a 9-5 job with full benefits and pension, rinse and repeat until it’s time to retire? How does that notion make you feel?
I’ve always been the salmon swimming upstream and career-wise, I tried to conform initially before following my own path.
Along the way, I did many jobs that all had a similar theme: they were all people-oriented. From summer trip leader, to bartending to teaching to educational leadership, it was clear that I ultimately wanted to help people.
I love talking to people and really listening to the underlying message of everything they say. Few of us realize that our subconscious has a way of expressing itself through even our daily conversations. Our regrets, our joys, our worries-they come out not necessarily in the words we say, but in their inflection, our tone of voice, and our body language.
I’ve been an empath my whole life and I fought my intuition (my “spidey sense,” if you will) for a long time. In many ways, as much as I enjoyed being a rebel, I really tried to be “normal,” i.e. mask, versus just find a better tribe. That caused an internal struggle until I came to terms in my early twenties with who I really was and who I wanted to be.
I spent ten years as a bartender. I was initially excited to have all these regulars; as I got to know them, however, I realized they all had one thing in common: they were self-medicating. We had many great conversations about life and we learned so much from one another, with the main conclusion that everyone is going through something and empathy and kindness are both necessary and free. I found myself wanting to help each one of them and in time, I realized that I was meant to do more, be more.
During my 17 years as a middle school and high school teacher, I taught more than a mere content area; most former students say that I taught them life lessons and skills they hadn’t learned anywhere else. I found ways to incorporate real-world application into my lessons: nutrition, health, social justice issues, environmental implications, etc. I wasn’t just a “French and ELL” Teacher: I was their counselor, their health coach, their parent, their older sibling. I have maintained many relationships with former students and I love that they still reach out to me for advice, invite me to their weddings, visit me, tell me about their breakups and their divorces.
In 2007, my world was rocked to the core. Due to a debilitating autoimmune situation caused by numerous factors: a missing cold air return and overexposure to PFCs in my home; toxic mold and a sewer gas leak at one of my schools, and Lyme disease (the latter of which would not be diagnosed for another 15 years), I realized that I needed to put on my own oxygen mask before trying to put one on everyone else. It was the much needed catalyst to end my not-working-for-far-too-long marriage (which was hard while also a relief; I didn't have to bend over backwards trying to make someone else happy anymore. My focus would now be on me). It also meant working on eliminating PTSD, co-dependent relationships, and self esteem issues. In other words, I had a lot of work ahead of me on every level.
I thus became my own health advocate. In addition to doing different forms of mental and physical exercises, I poured over specialty diet cookbooks, peer-reviewed scientific research, and eventually earned several certifications in integrative wellness and fitness nutrition.
In April 2013, I did the unthinkable. I called my parents and told them I was resigning at the end of the year from my high school where I was loved, had the pick of classes and on my way to a solid retirement pension...to move to full-time salaried at my contractor remote job for an educational software company that only paid half of my teaching salary and oh, yeah, I’d be focusing more on my coaching practice. I thought my dad was going to fall out of his chair; this was way out of his parental comfort zone. I decided to ignore any projections of fear and go my own way, as I had initially intended many years before. I knew in time my parents would see how much happier and more fulfilled I was and that in itself would make all the difference. which it did, changing our relationship for the better, too. Within two years, I was in a new Ed Tech company with a remote leadership position making a lot more money and back in graduate school to earn a certificate in leadership. Leadership is all about mentorship and coaching; it was a perfect fit.
So, what did I learn from all these experiences?
I learned that there's a difference between an ego's desire and a heart's desire. The ego is all about fear and keeping you safe from perceived harm. That's why we have one; it's the reptilian part of our brain (oldest part of our brain) that is all about survival and instinctual, flight or fight response. Vulnerability is not a weakness. As I Iearned to trust my instinct, to see my own worth and embrace my authentic self, I was able to make the decisions that have allowed me to create the amazing life I have today. I can assure you that I have no regrets. Everything that happened pushed me forward and made me internally stronger for it. I know now that I can handle anything. No exceptions.
As a result of everything I went through, I can genuinely empathize with those who suffer chronic health issues and/or difficult relationships. I have made it my goal to help others find relief through meditation, nutrition and exercise, advocating for them when dealing with doctors, lawyers, and anyone else they need to deal with.
When I work with clients, no two people are the same, so each person’s wellness blueprint will be different and requires personalized tailoring. What is the same are the tools used to inform, to engage and to help each client reflect on who they are, where they want to go and who they want to become.
To achieve these goals, we will use monthly sessions to see how things are going, looking for both successes and areas of struggle. As we work together, we change what no longer serves in order to seek out what does.
I help clients to reflect on their desires and current habits and to make incremental, two-week dietary, lifestyle (and if desired, fitness) changes in order to attain life-long, sustainable habits. There is no specific dietary plan; we discuss easy to follow visual food portions (which is easier to follow them calorie counting and macros) using the Precision Nutrition(c) PN Plate, adjusted according to a client’s personal needs and level of activity. Your hand, in essence, becomes your built-in portion control.
As a coach, I support clients by answering their questions, offering encouragement, and track their progress. This means that although I only meet with them live once or twice a month, if they email me, I try and reply within 48 business hours (often within same day), hence why it's concierge coaching.
Clients choose to work with me because I am intuitive, kind but frank. I seek to get people on their chosen path as quickly as possible, acting as their mentor and cheerleader the entire way.
As an Italian, food is life. I have always strived to make healthy, nutrient dense but still flavorful meals. I learned to cook, can, etc. at a young age from my grandmother and I have learned to cook numerous dishes from other cultures. I can show you how, too.
My superpowers are intuitive empathy and grit. Those that work with me find it refreshing to be truly seen and heard. I do not shy away from the difficult.
What’s your super power? If you don’t know, let me help you find it. If you do know it, let me help you harness it.
I identify with the phrase, “Nevertheless, she persisted” and I’d like to help you have the energy to do so, too. To have the energy to fight for your best life, one day at a time.
I look forward to hearing from you.