Hey there! My name is Stephanie Uhranowsky.
I am a communications and marketing professional in the nonprofit sector. I am also a creative writer and wordsmith, a self-taught photographer who shoots nature for fun, a lover of Corvids and Canis Lupis, a forest wanderer, and yes… a wolf trapped in a human suit.
Currently, I work at a nonprofit organization that provides support services to individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Here, I am the Director of Marketing and Events – the first staff member in 45 years to have a full-time position dedicated to both internal and external communications.
I left the corporate world because something was missing there. I loved the company I worked for, the team I worked with, and the professional role I was in. But my true passion lies in helping others. I needed my work to align more closely with making a difference, cultivating change, inspiring others, and giving back to my community, to the greater collective.
The mission of this agency is one of inclusion and equality, of embracing differences and diversity, of encouraging self-advocacy and independence, and providing individualized support that focuses on the strengths and abilities of a person, not a disability. I love that about this agency and I am proud to be part of their mission.
Formally, I was an SEO Analyst and Client Results Team Lead at Net Driven, an internet marketing company focused on independent automotive businesses. There, I was like the mysterious Wizard of Oz, only behind a computer screen not a curtain. I worked behind the scenes to make websites search-friendly and help to optimize them through unique and quality content. I did a lot more than that too, and I’d be glad to discuss it further if you’re curious.
I also spent the better part of a decade as a Veterinary Technician and loved every moment of it – even the parts where I got pissed on.
I have experience in marketing, PR, copy writing, creative writing, social media content creation and management, brand development, media relations, event planning, fundraising, community outreach, nonprofit management, project management, team management, volunteer and intern management, client management, case management, client relations, client education, retail management, customer service, SEO and Google Analytics, digital marketing, strategic communications, animal care, and more.
I have been accepted into a Forest Therapy Guide Certification Program for June 2020 which will take 6 months to complete.
I am also on a self-propelled journey learning to utilize herbs and plants as medicine, using natural methods for healing and health. I am also learning backyard permaculture practices. Not only do we hope to be more self-sustaining in this endeavor, but we wish to create a wild and edible ecosystem on our property that not only benefits us, but provides for the natural world we coexist with.
I must tell you, the call of the wild has been sounding to me since I was a child. And I have always answered. Always. But only now, do I find myself in a place to answer properly. To begin to shift my life in such a way that I am closer than ever, wilder than ever.
My wish is to connect with others who are searching to rekindle or deepen their relationship with nature, who wish to rewild their hearts while embarking on a journey to seek their truth. Those who are in pursuit of living deliberately, honestly, and authentically. Those hoping to heal past trauma(s). Those who are searching for self-love, self-awareness, mindfulness, inner strength, perseverance and fortitude, and overall well being.
I believe nature has this innate ability to help us heal from the inside out. But it requires a type of connection that some of us have lost over the years. As we rebuild and strengthen that bond, we find the relationship becomes reciprocal. We no longer see nature as a stranger, or something to be indifferent about. We begin to feel responsible for her. We want to protect her, to advocate on her behalf, to become stewards of her conservation and preservation. We want to ensure that Mother Earth is cared for in return, just as she cares for us.
I want to restore the balance, to build back our reverence for the natural world, to embrace its sacredness as our ancestors once did. And so, I am on a journey to discover ancient stories, the ones from long before we were born. Stories passed down through the generations by our ancestors, ones that empower us and help us to reclaim the wild woman within.
These stories cry out to the internal warrior. They call for reversion – to dial back our lives in order to live more simply – forgoing the agendas of modern society. They will take us back to a time where humans called upon nature to heal and survive, both physically and spiritually. Where our ties to the natural world resonate from deep within. These stories call for a reawakening of our hearts. To reconnect with the feminine energy of our Mother Earth. And to balance this feminine with the masculine -feeding the feral parts of ourselves along with the tame. To plant our feet deep within the earthy soil and take root – grounding ourselves in the here and now. To be true to our most authentic self. To live in an awakened state, to grow with intention and integrity, and rediscover what was lost among the social fray.
These are the stories that will take us home to where the wild things are. To where our soul ignites. To the place where we become the heroine of our own story.
I am the seeker of these stories and I will continue to write my own.
If you meet my friends or family they might tell you that I am a shieldmaiden and a modern day Viking. They’re not lying. It’s true.
I also married a Viking on June 21, 2019 – Summer Solstice
I get emotionally attached to fictional characters as if they were real people.
I will continue to buy books until my shelves bow and break from the weight of the ones I haven’t yet read.
I used to play roller derby.
I have an extensive collection of Norse/Celtic Mythology and Viking Age history books.
I am more afraid of living an unfulfilled life than I am of dying.
I want to publish a book someday.
When I get super excited, my voice gets really loud and I talk with my hands. (No, I am not yelling. Yes, I have to remind people of this).
I really enjoy solitude. For example, if ever one of those memes you see on Facebook were real, the ones that challenge someone to give up their TV, phone, internet, and social interaction for a month and survive in some remote cabin in the middle of nowhere for $100,000 would you do it? kind of challenge – YES. 1,000% YES. Where do I sign up?
I have a tendency to attach songs to people, places, and memories.
A sentimental gift or note will forever outweigh a material gift of any dollar amount.
My baby blanket has somehow survived three decades and I still sleep with it.
I can eat a half package of Oreos in one sitting.
I get upset when my cats don’t snuggle with me.
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.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
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