Your Guide to Transformation

Be Empowered and Thrive. Find Your Adventure!

It’s time to take your life to the next level and start thriving instead of just surviving. My goal is to help women just like you overcome your fears and leave your comfort zone so that you can live boldly, fearlessly and experience a life filled with more joy and adventure.

Are you ready to overcome your fears?

Have you been struggling with leaving your comfort zone?

Are you ready to find your adventure?

Are you craving an empowered life?

Inspired to Thrive!

My passion is to help women embrace their own personal power, overcome their fears and live their best life.

Travel Adventures

Traveling is a beautiful way to expand your horizons, explore new places and create new memories .

Own Your Personal Safety

My goal, as a Damsel Mentor, is to equip, empower, and educate women to protect themselves and their families.

Valuable Resources

In our many travels and explorations we’ve discovered these Affiliate Links and Products we’d like to recommend.

Wander into an Adventurous and Exciting Journey!

The Way to Wander and Thrive has developed over the years from a combination of the things I love in life. I am passionate about encouraging women to overcome fear and live a life of purpose.  I have a wanderlust for travel and enjoy not only exploring new places but sharing my journeys with others. Life is an adventure…Get ready to be inspired!

About Me

Hi, I’m Steph. I’m originally from the Midwest, but have called SW Florida home for over 25 years.  I love photography, being active and outdoors and am always ready for an adventure.  Travel is very important to me and I love to explore new destinations. My wanderlust began after returning home from Russia following the adoption of my daughter. Read more about that here.

I recently sold my home and most of my possessions in order to live more simply.  I am currently living the full-time RV life and loving it.  This has allowed me the time and financial freedom to focus on the things that are meaningful rather than accumulating possessions. I’m passionate about helping women live an empowered life fueled by purpose and adventure. One that you are excited about and not just surviving, but Thriving! So keep reading and let’s do this crazy, wonderful “life” thing together.


“Stephanie’s Warrior Workshop taught my co-workers and I practical tips and strategies to protect ourselves from being assaulted. As a realtor who is often alone in homes during open houses and showings, I need to know how to protect myself.  Stephanie’s class was hands-on, empowering and lots of fun!”

Cheryl, Punta Gorda

“Stephanie was awesome in helping plan a girls trip to Asheville NC! She recommended a quaint Air B&B with hosts who were fantastic. With her guidance we rented a car and drove through the beautiful hills and went to the Biltmore house. We also signed up for a food and drink tour which took us to several local restaurants in Asheville. Over all it was one of the best trips I’ve taken and would definitely love to go back!  Thanks Stephanie!”

Lisa, Cape Coral

“The ‘Damsel Warrior Workshop’ Stephanie held at my home was powerful! My friends and I were introduced to the ‘Damsel’ products and the importance of situational awareness. As we became familiar with the ‘Damsel’ products and practiced our defense skills on ‘Bob’ the mannequin, we felt alert, confident, and in control. My business requires me to sometimes meet people in locations with which I may not be familiar. Now that I have my ‘Damsel’ products I feel more confident and safe than I did previously. I appreciate the thoughtful design of the products, and I’m very thankful for Stephanie’s passion and expertise in the area of personal safety!”

Signe, Fort Myers

The Way To Wander Resources

Travel eBook

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Damsel in Defense

Explore and purchase personal protection products, tips and advice from Damsel in Defense.

Empowered and Thriving

I’ve created a Facebook group to bring together like minded women all in search of being empowered and thriving in life.

Overcome your fears. Leave Your Comfort Zone. Secure Your Safety. Journey into Exciting New Places.

Sometimes we reach a point in our journey where we are ready for growth and development and simply need a support system to help us achieve our desired goals. We need guidance, direction, clarity and accountability. We need motivation and inspiration on a consistent and regular basis along with someone to talk to that really understands the process it takes. 

Embracing our own personal power isn’t easy. Taking responsibility and being really honest with ourselves about what we’re still holding onto can be a challenge if we do it alone. But with someone who knows, understands, cares and has the tools to achieve success, anything and everything is possible! 

Don't Wait Any Longer. Start Thriving Today!

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