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meet the team: stacey

Hey! Come on in. I’m so glad you stopped by.

My name’s Stacey (as you could have probably guessed from the name of this blog), and I’m a 22-year-old, 5 foot 3 inch drain pipe for all things espresso, black coffee, Kombucha, oolong, and earl grey.

I also happen to spend 3 days a week barista-ing at Starbucks–it’s the perfect fit.

There’s always something new and exciting in the cafe—new customers who become regulars, regulars who become friends, many milestones, and a whole lot of laughs, all while crafting the perfect cup of coffee–that is until I fuck up the cutest little latté heart.

Or until the tea shaker explodes all over me.

But eh. We all have those days. And that’s when I like blogging and connecting with you and others the most.

So, welcome. Welcome.

As founder and (the early bird) co-creator of SMK Sites, I’ll be waking up with you to ensure that you feel inspired by the time you put on your slippers.

You see, I love, love, love waking up before the sun comes up, which is probably the time that Sahv’s head is hitting the pillow. But for me, that’s the time when my energy and potential for the day starts percolating in my veins, and as corny as it sounds, it’s more than enough to get me up and about to work on my goals rather then to dream about them.

But let me be real, I still have to make my bed—complete with all eight pillows—to destroy any temptations of crawling back in just for a moment with my three dogs and sometimes my boyfriend, Joe.

They’re all quite the character—especially the BF. Think: a camera shy, house-flipping, Jeep-o-phile who rivals Jack Dawson when presented with a string of inspiration, a piece of charcoal, and a sheet of paper.

As for the dogs, Peanut’s the needy little Dachshund in the pic above. Then there’s a Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix named Baxter who low key loves coffee just like me, and Spotty—my eighteen-year-old Jack Russel Terrier. She’s the good one of the group, btw.

Beyond taking care of them, I adore my cacti. I know they don’t have feelings, but they’re very important to me, and that’s because they serve as a living reminder to connect to nature, to go outside, to breathe, to explore, and to be kind to this place I call earth.

One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Andy Goldsworthy, which reads, “We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves.”

It’s a great quote to ponder and mull over, especially when I have my nose to the grindstone. It’s a reminder to look up and to appreciate the world around me as I hustle my ass off to maintain two different side gigs—marketing for Joe’s house flipping company and working at Starbucks as I prep for my real estate exam.

I don’t mind the hard work though. I love keeping busy and always being on the go, and it’s something I talk a lot about with my life coach. I always say to her, “Today, I am satisfied and I am unsatisfied.” For me, there’s this constant duality in my work ethic and approach to self-betterment that some could find frustrating, but I choose to find it freeing. It keeps me on track with putting one foot in front of the other. Every day. Not only to see what happens but to see what grows.

So, I invite you in to grow with me and to explore this space–whether it’s just for a minute or for a couple hours. I’m glad you’re here.







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