B-Yourself: Stephanie Mallory

Age: 35

Stephanie Mallory

My hometown: Gardendale, Ala.

Profession: Owner of Mallory Communications Inc.  We provide media relations services for companies catering to the outdoor industry. I’m also a freelance writer for national outdoor publications.

My passion: My four children and my husband Brett, as well as all things outdoors.

Who most inspires you? My phenomenal parents are my inspiration. They provided me with a happy and carefree childhood. They also taught me the importance of generosity, thoughtfulness and dependability. I hope to do the same for my children.

What is your most marked characteristic? I’m told it’s my compassion and level headedness

My most overused words or phrases: “Look at my face and listen to what I’m saying,” to my kids.

Most treasured possession: My camera — it provides me with a way of keeping my children young forever.

I am guilty of: Being too cynical. I question everything.

What is your greatest extravagance? My nightly soaks in a warm bath while reading a good book. This is my time to unwind and relax.

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate — lots of it

What is your greatest fear? That my children will be harmed in some way.

Favorite book: I love memoirs, especially those that demonstrate the human capacity to overcome adversity and thrive despite overwhelming odds. Two good ones are Glass Castle and A Long Way Gone.

What is your motto/mantra? Take nothing for granted, and “Before you criticize a man, walk in his shoes.”

What is your idea of perfect happiness? I’m living it. I can’t imagine anything better than what I’ve got right now: a wonderful husband and four healthy, happy kids. I also have a successful business. I don’t take any of this for granted. I wake up every morning absolutely amazed and humbled by the ways I’ve been blessed.

Which living person do you most admire? Paul Farmer, the founder of Partners in Health. He and his organization embody the virtues of Mathew 25:40: “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Last time I lied: A few minutes ago. I just told my two-year-old twins that we were out of candy.

Last time I cried: Can’t remember. I don’t cry very often.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Excessive wealth and status — unless you’re using it to benefit others.

Favorite journey or trip: We took our two oldest boys to Yellowstone this summer. We watched two huge grizzly bears fighting in Lamar Valley. It was like something you’d see in National Geographic. I’ll never forget it.

What is your current state of mind? Content.

You can never have too many… Diapers, at least not when you have 2-year-old twins who refuse to potty train.

Photo and interview by Angela Karen Simpson

5 Responses to “B-Yourself: Stephanie Mallory”

  1. Bill Konway says:

    Way to go Stephanie! So proud of you. Last time you cried, I know the answer to that…..LOL

  2. Carrie Rigor says:

    Steph, you never cease to amaze me.
    Great interview & gorgeous picture!

  3. Clo Mallory says:

    Stephanie is a beautiful person inside and out. The gown looks like it was made for her. It is gorgeous. WOW!! The photo is amazing.
    My son and grandchildren are very lucky to have her. She is a talented writer and buisness woman.

    Clo & Jim

  4. Charla Gwin says:

    They say “Beauty is only skin deep” and as anyone can see, Steph has an abundance of beauty. The think I love about my niece is that she also has this incredible beauty that goes all the way to the marrow of her bones.

  5. Brook Thompson says:

    Oh yeah…That chick…she’s my friend. You’re awesome sister!!

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