A dream maker, Demi Stevens followed her passion and pursued entrepreneurship after a beloved career in the nonprofit world. She is a mentor and friend, as well as a talented flutist and lover of cats. And I’m not sure she’ll ever understand just how much she inspired me to trust my gut and transition to mompreneurship.
As a powerhouse business owner, Demi is always looking to grow and dig deeper, and she works from her beautiful home in southern York County. If you have an idea for a book, and are motivated to bring it to life, Demi is THE person to connect with. That’s her thing… bringing books to life, including my journals, Clarity and Courage.
I'm honored to share with you, an interview with Demi Stevens.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
– Francis of Assisi
Why do those words speak to you?
Not only is this mantra something that gets me through each day, but it’s what I use to nudge my writing buddies along toward their dreams of becoming an author. When we look at our To-Do list and try to imagine fitting all of that in, it’s too easy to give up. But if we just bite off one small task that HAS to get done, then all of a sudden we’re freed up for whatever comes next in line. By the end of the day/week/month, it’s downright miraculous how much we’ve accomplished.
What have you had to let go of to grow into your truest, fiercest self?
Perfectionism. It’s like the wig I thought made me beautiful, only it turned out to be a Medusa hat. When a friend made fun of me for wasting brain cells about precisely cutting half-sheet flyers for the community bulletin board, and using a bone folder to cement the crease on a meaningless handout, I confess I went on the defensive. How you do one thing is how you do everything.
But the thing is, I wasn’t “completing” the things I needed to get done. I was simply obsessing. When I let go of chasing perfection, it allowed me to accomplish massive amounts of things, from small tasks to giant projects, at a level that is “superior” rather than “perfect(-ly undone).”
What do you want people to remember you for?
Caring. I’m often told that my writer friends doubted themselves so much they were afraid to share a single word before we talked. I wish more people will find the courage to share their trials and successes (because success only comes out of failure) so the rest of the world could use that light to guide their way.
Share with us a BOLD future ask.
The challenge I pose to myself each day is to focus on solutions rather than complaints. Maybe I was born with a y chromosome instead of two x’s, but I think if we all spent less time ranting and more time actively fixing what’s wrong, we’d one day wake up and realize we’re actually quite happy.
For women who are thinking about making a leap into an unknown, what advice would you give them?
Read every book on the shelf. Oh wait, that’s how I approach big leaps, but it’s probably not how other people would most benefit. Maybe try reading 2-3 books on the topic. Then trust your gut. And by all means, take it one baby step at a time, but take decisive action DAILY.
A Brief Bio
Dr. Demetra Ann (Baferos) Stevens lives a life of excessive mirth, most notably while watching Season Two of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She crochets, weaves, and quilts. A lover of gourmet food, she nonetheless orders the same meal each time she visits a restaurant, preferring “predictably great” over “possibly stellar.”
A former librarian, Demi loves reading, but hates the “book smell” (more technically known as mold) praised by e-book haters. She previously held positions in the food service industry (Rax, Eat ’n’ Park, Bexley’s Monk, The Kahiki, and Dan’z Cookies) while accruing 14 years of college training in music. At her doctoral graduation celebration, the winning entry of the contest to accurately define the letters after her name (BA, BM, MM, DMA) was: Bad Ass Bitchin’ Music Major Momma Drives Minivan Around.
After starting a writer’s group, she finally found her true calling in book midwifery, assisting in the birth of more than 250 books, through both natural and Cesarean methods.
She lives in Glen Rock, PA, with her amazing husband Todd and three cats, while cheering on her grown daughter Alice to find a life that gives purpose and joy.
To learn more about Demi or to explore your desire to write a book, visit yotbpress.com.