People 30 July 2018
We all have hopes and dreams. While it might seem scary to actually go after them, Steph Adams fully believes it's a must.
Beginning her career as a model, Adams knew this was not what she wanted to do; She was destined for more. As of 2017, Adams is now an art director, editor and founder of LAQUA Magazine and also a best selling author.
The Game Changer, co-written with Samantha Brett, is a New York Times best selling novel tips, how-to's, and advice for women around the world. It also contains interviews with females we all look up to.
We asked our favorite new author some questions to help us motivate our own dreams like she had done. Here are her tips and a few details on what motivated her.
Good to Glow is the ultimate bible for the healthy obsessed! It features recipes hand picked from around the world from different celebrities, hotels and cafes.
What made you decide to write a food book? What is your favorite recipe from it?
I had just published a coffee table book on the best hotels around the world for a client when a friend approached me about producing a healthy recipe book of different celebrities and hotels around the world. Good to Glow is the ultimate bible for the healthy obsessed! It features recipes hand picked from around the world from different celebrities, hotels and cafes. Myself, along with my co-author Tali Shine, had this book published with Teneuse and is now available all over the world from most book shops.
I had just found out I was pregnant at the time with my first child so it was a great new project to be focusing on in a new direction in my career as a first time Author. My favorite recipe is Melissa Odabash's protein balls - they are delicious!
What are your keys to success in the ever-changing influencer world?
Post High quality photos
Keep it authentic and unique and true to your style.
Vary your images from flat-lays and portraits to full body shots, landscapes and things that you love.
Change from black and white to color
Try to offer inspiration - an image tells a lot about who you are. You should aim to inspire.
What inspired you to write 'The Game Changers'? How did you pick the women you featured?
My co-Author; Samantha Brett and I would often take a lot of walks discussing ideas and concepts and we thought it would be great to bring a book of successful women together.
It was just before the whole wave of women's rights was really coming in to the forefront, so we hit it at the right time. We were probably a little ahead of our time. We chose women that we loved and who inspired us. We were very lucky when we interviewed Meghan Markle as we had no idea she was dating Prince Harry when we interviewed her, so when news hit, the book took the wave of the media along with Meghan and it was featured in over 100 newspapers across the globe. I remember we were in Sydney over Christmas and we were contacted by the Producers of Good Morning America. It was a great and proud moment for us. Part of the proceeds of the book were also going to the breast cancer charity; Pink Hope after we lost our dear friend to breast cancer.
What does it feel like to be a best-selling author?
The reason we wrote the book was to inspire and support a charity and when a book does well it gives you a sense of achievement that you can continue to publish more books whilst also helping more charities.
Can you tell us a little about the charities you have worked with?
I have worked with various charities over the course of my career, supporting different initiatives. Most of these have been very close to my heart. Charities I have worked with have been: Pink Hope, The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Global Goals Australia, Barnardos x Sass & Bide, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, Belvedere x Red and Jeans for Genes.
As the editor and founder of LAQUA how do you think the media industry is changing?
It's rapidly changing now into much more of a digital space. Being a digital magazine you can see how many people are clicking on different items, purchasing each product, clicking on each page etc. Its the way of the future now.
What is your next book going to be about?
Myself and my co-Author Samantha Brett are still in the middle of putting our next book together which will support another charity close to our hearts. I feel this next one will be a great inspiration to many.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors and influencers?
To follow your heart and inspire!
Which celebrity has been the most exciting to work with?
Every celebrity is different in their own unique way, but its really nice when they feel strongly about reaching out and giving to others. That really makes an impact.
If you could interview anyone, who would you pick?
I've always admired the work of Oprah and Amal Clooney, so they would be very inspirational to bring to the readers!
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"More grapes, please," my daughter asked, as she continued to color her Peppa Pig drawing at the kitchen table.
"What do you say?" I asked her, as I was about to hand her the bowl.
I shook my head.
I stood there.
"I want green grapes instead of red grapes?"
I shook my head again. I handed her the bowl of green grapes. "Thank you. Please don't forget to say thank you."
"Thank you, Momma!"
Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children?
Many of us are busy training our young children on manners on the other side of the Zoom camera during this pandemic. Reminding them to say please, excuse me, I tried it and it's not my favorite, I am sorry, and thank you. And yet somehow simple manners continue to be undervalued and underappreciated in our workplaces. Because who has time to say thank you?
"Call me. This needs to be completed in the next hour."
"They didn't like the deck. Needs to be redone."
"When are you planning on sending the proposal?"
"Did you see the questions he asked? Where are the responses?"
"Needs to be done by Monday."
Let me take a look. I didn't see a please. No please. Let me re-read it again. Nope, no thank you either. Sure, I'll get to that right away. Oh yes, you're welcome.
Organizations are under enormous pressure in this pandemic. Therefore, leaders are under enormous pressure. Business models collapsing, budget cuts, layoffs, or scrapping plans… Companies are trying to pivot as quickly as possible—afraid of extinction. With employees and leaders everywhere teaching and parenting at home, taking care of elderly parents, or maybe even living alone with little social interaction, more and more of us are dealing with all forms of grief, including losing loved ones to COVID-19.
So we could argue we just don't have time to say thank you; we don't have time to express gratitude. There's too much happening in the world to be grateful for anything. We are all living day to day, the pendulum for us swinging between surviving and thriving. But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?
If you don't think you have to say thank you; if you don't think they deserve a thank you (it's their job, it's what they get paid to do); or if you think, "Why should I say thank you, no one ever thanks me for anything?" It's time to remember that while we might be living through one of the worst recessions of our lifetimes, the market will turn again. Jobs will open up, and those who don't feel recognized or valued will be the first to go. Those who don't feel appreciated and respected will make the easy decision to work for leaders who show gratitude.
But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?
Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children? Remind them with flashcards? Bribe them with a cookie? Tell them how I proud I am of them when they say those two magical words?
Showing gratitude isn't that difficult. You can send a thoughtful email or a text, send a handwritten card, send something small as a gesture of thank you, or just tell them. Call them and tell them how thankful you are for them and for their contributions. Just say thank you.
A coworker recently mailed me a thank you card, saying how much she appreciated me. It was one of the nicest things anyone from work has sent me during this pandemic. It was another reminder for me of how much we underestimate the power of a thank you card.
Apparently, quarantine gratitude journals are all the rage right now. So it's great if you have a beautiful, leather-bound gratitude journal. You can write down all of the people and the things that you are thankful for in your life. Apparently, it helps you sleep better, helps you stay grounded, and makes you in general happier. Just don't forget to take a moment to stop writing in that journal, and to show thanks and gratitude to those you are working with every single day.