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Cultivate presence and ignite your purpose through travel and everyday adventure.

Welcome to Beautiful Baggage, a podcast and coaching platform

Hi! My name is Stephanie Martin Taylor, former broadcast journalist, lifetime lover of travel and adventure, and certified life coach.

I created this podcast and coaching site with "quiet" people in mind — people who consider themselves to be shy, introverted, or both.

Note: shyness and introversion are different. Shyness is rooted in anxiety; introversion is more a state of being.

Both produce what many in our culture would describe as a 'quiet' outward personality.

Why I created Beautiful Baggage

I used to think of my introverted nature and bouts of extreme shyness as obstacles.

But over time I learned to leverage these traits. To use them as fuel for an adventurous life, full of wonder and surprise.

Beautiful Baggage is all about helping you do the same.

More about me

From the time I was a small child, I have loved to travel and explore. To date, I have been to roughly 50 countries and almost every state in the U.S. (I'm on my way, Alaska!).

I also spent many years as an award-winning broadcast news anchor and reporter, primarily in radio. If you've ever listened to NPR, you may have heard me on the air!

Along with being a certified life coach, I work as Communications Director at the Episcopal Diocese of California. I have an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A in History and French from Colgate University.

I live in San Francisco, with my husband David. When not in California, we love traveling and visiting our families in Texas and England.

What to expect from the Beautiful Baggage podcast

I'm excited to see how the podcast grows and evolves over time! For now, here are a few of the basic features:

  • Publishes on Mondays (I aim for weekly, but I occasionally take a week or two off).
  • Resources and "homework exercises" to help you put ideas and concepts into action
  • Resource link(s) provided in the show notes
  • Available on Stitcher, Apple/iTunesGoogle Play, and many other podcasting platforms!

Be the first to know when a new episode is released!

Sign up for the weekly Beautiful Baggage newsletter to make sure you never miss an episode!  I also invite you to stay in touch through the my Facebook page.