Remember this little cookie from our earlier Meet the gTeam post?

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Please say hello to

Stephanie Terrell.

Years ago I worked the gDiapers booth at the Gentle Birth Expo in Portland, OR. I was very early into the pregnancy with my second child and was over-the-moon grateful that there would be a well-informed customer (gMum) there to chat it up with all the visiting parents and birth professionals. Stephanie arrived to the expo wearing her young baby and eager to talk g’s. Then she proceeded to rock the expo. Another baby and 4 years later and Steph continues to rock as the all-around Jillaroo for gDiapers.

“Hi, I’m Stephanie Terrell. I’m the Accounting Jillaroo here at g. I started at g back in 2008 shortly before my daughter turned one. What is a Jillaroo you ask? Well, Jason gave me that title and he explained it as being an Australian cowgirl. Fix fence, check. Cook dinner for 20, got it. Wrangle cows, done. Young girl in training to be awesome, yee-ha! I’ve done a little bit of everything here at g, and as you can probably guess I’ve landed squarely in Accounting/Finance. But I can still find you post-it’s, change your front door code or answer the random question that no one else can.

My day to day activities revolve mostly around my responsibilities managing AP (accounts payable) and supporting my small team in all things accounting, reporting, procedures, tracking, and helping administer HR type things like health insurance and employee reimbursements.  I spend most days distributing bills, making sure all is entered correctly in our accounting software and working in spreadsheets. Most days I really enjoy reconciling bank statements. Yes I know, I’m a nerd.  I also really enjoy ice cream.”   

If you had to choose just one g word to wear as a personal statement, what would it be and why?

“A long time ago, back when I was a stay-at-home mom with a baby, I spent more time than I would like to admit on the g-users yahoo group. Before facebook was a thing.  It kept my mama brain sane with some sort of adult connection.  Some drama was going on, so I jumped in and started a g is for grateful thread. I think that’s the g work that will always mean the most to me: grateful. It’s not that I’m good at always being grateful. When I look at what I have, I have no reason to be anything else but grateful. Golly, does that take work!

Lately, the other thing that (the letter) g has come to stand for in my life is Girl Scouts.  As my daughter entered Kindergarten I wanted to get her involved in scouting which I loved growing up.  A life-long Girl Scout myself, I suddenly found myself with a daughter excited about being a Daisy* but without a troop to belong to or any Girl Scout sisters.  Are you a step ahead of me in this story already?  I’m the troop leader of a small batch of Girl Scout Daisies and we are having a wonderful time.  Troop 45110 has been more work than I intended to put forward but it’s been worth every bit of effort.

*Daisy Girl Scouts are girls in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. After that comes Brownies.  Yes, they all sell cookies.  For more info about Girl Scouts, your local council or finding a troop or a CAMP (can you tell what I love?), visit www.girlscouts.org.”

Scout Leader Steph!

Scout Leader Steph!

Where do you want to grow? And what are you doing to make that growth happen?

“I just started subscribing to Outside magazine again. I’m not nearly as outdoorsy as I’d like to be.  I’m really just a suburban mom of two going to soccer games, grocery stores and parks with cool play structures. I read this article which convinced me of several things.  1) I should always subscribe to Outside magazine because the writing is top-notch awesome.  2) It helps me get inspired about loading up and getting outside. Even if it’s just for a walk. But more likely it will be an extra weekend of camping or a kayak lesson or a bike ride under a big blue sky. 3) That I have a lot to learn and that this magazine should not be overlooked in bringing a few valuable lessons.    As a mother, as a person, as a spiritual being on a physical planet encountering the adventures of life. William Broyles has in telling his story given me something I can’t even put words on yet.  I want you to read it.  Really, the last couple paragraphs are mind opening.”  

Share something that brings you joy. A drawing, a video, a photo, a song. You name it.

“The song I’ve been listening this week because I can’t get enough: “Keep Your Head Up”   by Ben Howard.

The cake I made this week for lunch was a Chocolate Blackout Cake from “The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book”. (editor’s note: om … g. it was eaten so quickly the plate it was served on is still spinning.)

You can follow the treats I bake for g and all my other randomness on pinterest: pinterest.com/randomsteph/

If you were stuck on I-5 in the world’s foreverest traffic jam, what 3 things would you insist be with you?

“I never want to be stuck on I-5 for hours in a traffic jam. If I do, I want to be alone. Completely alone. No kids.  Who are we kidding?   My kids would be in the back kicking my seat. I would then need LOTS of music.   Bobs & Lolo would be the kids group both kids would love. Then we would need some Jack Johnson to help me mellow but still be agreeable to the backseat. Don’t forget the snacks. My son would need peanut butter, chocolate and bread.  My daughter would need a gourmet salad with free-range chicken for four and some drinking vinegar. Please make sure I have coffee. I also wouldn’t mind a Chipotle burrito. “ 

 

about the author Kelli McKee (also known as Kelli Martinelli) – Kelli has been with gDiapers since its infancy in 2006. She writes the gDiapers blog, email campaigns, web content, manages social media and customer service and supports PR. She occasionally takes a stab at her own blog It’s Me, Kelli, where she chronicles her waste reduction efforts and her stories as a single mama to two kiddos. Stay in touch on the gDiapers bloggoogle + and twitter.