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“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” – Sophia Bush

“Some days I am more wolf than woman, and I am still learning to stop apologizing for my wild.” – Atticus

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My name is Stephanie Santore.

I am a communications professional, wordsmith, creative soul, lover of books, and I often get lost in the woods.

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The 9-5

I am the SEO Team Lead at Net Driven, an internet marketing company focused on independent automotive businesses. Like the mysterious Wizard of Oz, only I’m behind a computer screen not a curtain. I work behind the scenes to make websites search-friendly and help to optimize them through unique and quality content.

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Fun Facts

I get emotionally attached to fictional characters as if they were real people.

I get so excited to read a new book that I will start it when I already have three other books that aren’t quite finished yet.

I’m a sucker for chick flicks and I will openly cry during scenes with no shame.

I am more afraid of living an unfulfilled life than I am of dying.

Ever since I was little I felt like I was meant for something BIG.
I don’t know what ‘it’ is yet, but once I do, it’s happening and nothing will stop me.

I will publish a book someday. Hopefully, more than one.

I am a die-hard romantic.

When I get super excited about something, my voice gets really loud and I talk with my hands.

I am a total goof with a very loud, distinguishable laugh but I take things and people I care about very seriously.

I am a lover of history and medieval culture. I am a Viking at heart.

A good song can get me through the worst of times or make the really good times great. I have a tendency to attach songs to people, places, and memories.

I try to see the beauty in everything – in differences, in flaws, the weird, the awkward, the quirky, and the unusual.

I refuse to conform.

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Paying it Forward

I’m very passionate about certain social causes, the main one being hunger & homelessness. I’m the founder of The NOMAD Project. My mission is to spread awareness on a local level, advocate for change, and with the help of fellow supporters, donate supplies to those in need.

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Pursuits of Happiness

GETTING CREATIVE. My educational background is in communications, marketing and public relations with a dash of nonprofit management, a sprinkle of psychology, and even a pinch of criminal justice and history. Strategic marketing and communication planning, brand development, event planning, media relations, and community outreach are the sparks that light a fire in my soul. For me, none of this is work. It’s what I love.

I’ve done volunteer work for Indraloka Animal Sanctuary that included media outreach and relations, creating press releases, event planning, and even dabbling in some promotional design for flyers and coupons. I really enjoy work in the nonprofit sector. [[ P.S. I am NOT a graphic designer]]

WRITING. Ernest Hemingway once said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” That’s what most of my creative writing is all about. I keep a journal, I blog, I try my hand at poetry, and I also plan to have a creative nonfiction manuscript in the works in the near future.

I also enjoy writing professionally. From web content to research projects, marketing plans to press releases, I’m having fun whenever writing is involved. It’s the way fresh ink looks on a blank page or the sound of computer keys click-clacking away. It’s heaven. I’m truly alive when I’m writing.

PHOTOGRAPHY. I am completely self-taught. And the journey from where I started to where I am now was an adventure. Hours upon hours were spent adventuring, editing, and developing my personal style. What I found, is I tend to shoot the little things that people might overlook when trying to capture the bigger picture. Check out some Aesthetic Anarchy ©2014.

READING. I buy books like some women buy shoes. Good books have always kept me alive. That old book smell, a new character to fall in love with, a nonfiction story that hits home, a fictional place that transports me out of my life. I also enjoy self help books to inspire and continuing my education through professional works. Words have power – whether they are our own or someone else’s. Words rejuvenate the soul. Want to see what I’ve been reading? Friend me on Goodreads.

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DISCLAIMER: Everything you see expressed on this site comes from my personal views and opinions. They do not reflect those I know on a personal or professional level. These thoughts are my own. Sometimes I spill my guts out here, so please, if you don’t like what you see, feel free to move on to the next blog. But – – if you like what’s written here, follow along with me or leave a comment if it pleases you.