My name is Stephanie Verk and I am a makeup artist, web designer, cake baker and freelance writer but my most important job is being a mom/bonus mom to 5 crazy children, 1 beautiful angel and an oven to a baby boy on his way. I started this blog in 2016 when my oldest son Aiden, age 6 at the time, was diagnosed with brain cancer. I wanted to document our voyage and bring awareness to Childhood Cancer. I wanted to give insight, hope and support to other parents, family and friends. After a courageous 4 year battle, Aiden passed away at home in my arms on April 25, 2020. While Aiden was alive we lived by the hashtag #livebeforeyoudie. We did not let Cancer win by stealing away our quality of life! (Read our Cancer story here.) The experience taught me to appreciate every moment. It taught me to never give up, to have confidence, and to just always look for the rainbow. It opened my eyes and for the first time in my life, I knew who I was and who I wanted to be.
Through my own healing process, I realized my passion to connect with others. After 20 years in business and marketing, I have made the decision to start the voyage to become a registered therapist and life coach. I am currently enrolled in the Psychology program at Queens University with the goal of becoming a registered therapist in 3 years.
Today, building on personal and professional experience, I have dedicated myself to helping women heal from loss and self-doubt and help them build their self-confidence, their businesses, and to gain a more purposeful and fulfilled life.
No matter what obstacles you’ve encountered on your voyage, you can set yourself free from the past.
MamaOutpost is dedicated to celebrating whatever obstacles life throws at you. It is a place to connect to other women and learn to love yourself and your life. It is a place to heal and explore.
Here you will find:
- Workshops on self-care, healing through grief, art therapy, business success and more
- Health & beauty tips to simplify your life and build confidence
- Recipes & meal plans for busy moms, single moms, blended family moms, every mom!
- A private online community forum where you can experience connected relationships with other amazing mama’s and women