The Making of 'Stephanie Sayss'
Updated: Jan 4, 2019
The idea for Stephanie Sayss has been brewing in my over active brain for a while now, however the weight of being utterly burnt out from study and work left me completely lacking in inspiration and creativity. With a few subjects left of my Public Health degree, I decided to defer; the finish line looked so good, but my mental health and the need for a solid break took precedence. Hindsight only thanks myself for making this decision, because ultimately it led you and I both here!
Where did the idea come from?
Through my personal experience as an Australian woman I know first hand that life here can be really great. We're afforded luxuries that many over the world are not, particularly when it comes to accessible healthcare. Despite this, there's many times I've found myself asking Google for answers to my questions about who to talk to or where to go when I've got concerns regarding my health and well-being. Through discussions with other women I know I'm absolutely not alone in this.
I strongly believe that in order to have autonomy over our own health and well-being we need to have a solid understanding of our own anatomy and physiology, health literacy, the way the health system works, what the policies are, and where we're being let down. We need to know how to confidently navigate the system in place to help us without the road blocks of stigma, discrimination and poor accessibility. In an online era, healthcare in Australia needs to continue to move forward, and I endeavour to promote other resources that share the same ethos.
It's imperative really that when we talk about health and well-being in the context of healthcare that it's an inclusive discussion. When I speak about women on this page it refers to all people who either identify as such, or feel that the information acknowledges and is applicable to them and their lives. I hope that by contributing to the conversation about accessible healthcare in Australia on this platform we can form a strong community of advocates dedicated to improving health and accessible healthcare all over the country, for all people.
Building the Site
Building Stephanie Sayss has been a bit of a roller coaster ride - I set out to build a blog, and here we are with a mapped site! I started out not knowing a thing about site development and marketing and it goes without saying it's been a huge learning experience for me. I did a bit of research and set myself up on Wix Website Editor, which made the whole process so much simpler. I've loved having creative control over the design and creating the content has been insightful and inspiring. I wanted the site to be professional and educational, while also being welcoming and friendly, and reflecting aspects of myself. I love colour, and I love fun - so that's what we've got!
Sooo much! I had initially set out to launch with a lot more - realistic goal setting isn't one of my strong attributes - so there will be a section coming very soon completely dedicated to mental health. I'm heading back to finish my degree, however have plans for pages focused on LGBTQI+ resources, as well as managing relationships in an online era. I also intend to keep the site up to date on policy changes and new research findings.
I'd love to have an interactive blog where members of the community can utilise the platform as a microphone to amplify their voices and their own experiences. I'm only one person, and I can only speak for my own experience - the more voices we have contributing, the stronger the platform will grow to be! I'd love for Stephanie Sayss to go from being something that initially belonged to me, to something that belongs to everyone who needs it.
A Quick Thank You!
Thank you to those who have supported me since I first mentioned Stephanie Sayss - at times when I've lost momentum or needed inspiration the support has been more appreciated than I could ever express. Thank you to those that have simply spoken to me about it, or even just liked a social media page. I really hope this is the beginning of something great and while I've typed and researched and created this by myself up until this point, there's been some amazing people propping me up to keep the process going. Thank you.
Ciao for now! There'll be more blog posts soon.
I love you for being here with me.