Hello, I’m Stacie and I am so excited to start this new journey of mine online!

I’m 56, and happily married to my husband Shayne. We’ve been together for about 28 years, and we don’t have any children.

I’m a professional creative. I’ve been making metal jewelry for about 20 years, and recently ventured into watercolors. I live in Roanoke, Virginia and work from home. My professional website where I offer my jewelry and information about that aspect of my life can be found at www.stacieflorer.com.

The inspiration behind Soul to Substance

About 15 years ago, I was temporarily living in Hot Springs, Arkansas with my husband as we were traveling around the US. I was on my daily walk in a forested area when I had an otherworldly experience. During this time, I was contemplating the meaning of life. What was the purpose of our life? I sat down on a log and stared off into space as I breathed in the humid air and humus of the forest floor.

All of a sudden, the thought of “Soul to Substance” popped into my head and I received a quickening of knowingness that I would one day develop my life around this idea. I’ve been dipping a toe into the deep water that these three words convey for years. I struggled with how to integrate it into my professional life as a jewelry designer. I had a newsletter for a while that I called Soul to Substance. I’ve had social media accounts over the years using this name. Nothing really ever took off though. I’ve kept it on the back burner for YEARS and a few weeks ago, I finally decided to give this platform my heart and energy.

What my hopes are for this site

I’m looking to build a community of others that are passionate about exploring the depths of self-discovery, mindfulness and personal growth. I believe Soul to Substance is the journey we are all on as we move from soulful inspiration to tangible change in our lives. I want to concentrate on writing words that resonate and living my life with moments that really matter, and share with you what I am discovering by navigating life’s twists with intention and passion.

I’ve stopped watching the news and spending time on the doom and gloom that pervades our culture. I want to build a platform that is interested in nourishing minds, inspiring creativity and embracing the most important journey there is–the one within. I plan on writing what I am thinking as I try and transform my thoughts into the substance of life. I have no idea where this may lead me, but I’m using this website as tool to keep me focused.

What you can expect to find here

Tentatively, I have come up with the following topics that I intend to explore:

  • Mindful Living
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Dealing with Change
  • Personal Growth
  • Wellness and Self-Care
  • Aging Purposefully
  • Care-Giving
  • Creative Expression
  • Practical Spirituality
  • Balanced Living
  • Culinary Topics
  • Travel/Exploration Near and Far
  • Relationships/Connecting with Others
  • Practical Financial Wisdom
  • Fashion for Self-Expression
  • Navigating the New Tech
  • Book Club for Wisdom Seekers

My personal journey

Over the last few years, I’ve undergone an immense transformation on all levels.

Physically, I have been dealing with an autoimmune condition that has forced me to consider and implement stringent self-care routines that are now non-negotiable. I lost 40 or so pounds and lost half of my hair-twice!

Emotionally, I lost both of my parents to cancer within months of each other as I struggled to care-give while they were 800 miles apart. I spent four months away from home caring for my mother, and after she passed, my father became terminal the week I returned home to Roanoke.

Spiritually, feeling like a female Job, I turned to the Bible for solace and realized I needed some help navigating the millennia of information written there and joined a local Bible study. That lead me to joining a congregation where I enjoy worship and fellowship with a great group of people. I have never belonged to an organized religion before and so this has been a huge change for me.

I didn’t know what to do with Soul to Substance for so many years, and then life intervened and drop-kicked me into finding out what the intersection of spiritual wisdom and practical living looks like on a daily basis. And I want to document and share with you as my own personal journey continues to unfold.

So, if you’re still with me, I’m excited about where we can go together. If you’re interested in personal development, self-discovery and pursuing a holistic approach to life, you’re in the right place!

My invitation to you

I am anxious to begin writing and collecting information and I want to invite you to share your thoughts, experiences and insights in the comments when you feel inclined to do so.

I’m going to be writing a lot of content over the next few months so that I can start to flesh out the site. My list of topics is broad, but hey, life is immense! But if something I write resonates, or you feel like your experiences can round out the discussion, please contribute. I am hoping for a community here of life-minded people and those of us of a certain age have earned all the wisdom that is inevitable if we survive into our 50’s, 60’s and beyond.

I want to close this post by saying thank you for checking out Soul to Substance. Gratitude is one of the main ingredients needed for a spiritually fulfilled life, but sometimes it can be hard to find something to be grateful for when you feel like you’re in a challenging situation.

But one thing I’ve learned is that when everything seems to be going wrong, God is actually setting things up to be wonderful. You just have to ride out the chaos and give Him time to work His magic. Hindsight is where wisdom likes to hang out to be discovered.

May joy, peace and good fortune come your way.