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Meet Stephanie Newells of Relationship Central

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Newells.

Stephanie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, graduating from Temple City High, and attending Rio Hondo College before joining the U.S. Army in 2000 as an Intelligence Analyst. After serving two terms and traveling the world, I decided my career was lucrative but extremely stressful. This drove me back to school for a business degree, but that wasn’t for me either.

Finally, after an unsuccessful 5-year marriage and two beautiful children, I found myself single again, depressed, and feeling like a failure. I tried dating and ended up being stalked to the point of having my phone tapped and my private conversations heard without permission.

After such a scare, I decided I was done with dating. I had been so hurt, I was determined to focus on God and my children… until I met my future husband at a church service one night. After 8 months of dating and realizing we’d both been through similar disappointments, we vowed to love and take care of one another the way we had been missing. After about a year, we decided it was time to branch out. We wanted to help other singles and couples avoid some of the hard lessons we’d learned along the way.

So, we founded “Relationship Central,” where we offer ‘Life Application with Spiritual Foundation.” This is meant to enrich the lives of those we cross by providing practical solutions based on Christian Principles. We provide marital and premarital counseling, seminars, workshops, speaking engagements and more. We also just released our new book, “Apples of Gold: A Wealth of Wisdom in 21 Practical Tips.”

Since I grew up singing, I carry music in my heart. I’ll be releasing my first single very soon and must say I’m really excited. I’ve been quiet about it, but the time is nigh! I’ve been privileged to learn from, sing with and open up for some amazing artists… Now it’s my turn. I’m hoping to motivate and encourage people with my music. My family changed our lifestyle a couple years back and I lost 80 pounds in one year with the help of a nutritionist and my husband training me. Now, I consult with peers about weight-loss and even have a secret health group on Facebook.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been tough at times. Other times, blessings were dropped in my lap.

Coming from a working-class family, we were taught that hard work pays off. I’ve been working since I was 12. So, when given a task, I dive all the way in. Having been in the Army and raised by a father, I’m often misunderstood. Being an assertive woman has its challenges when most of your peers are men.

I’m thankful that my parents raised me to be confident in who I am or else I would’ve folded long ago in this arena. At this point in my life, I’m surrounded by people who are of the same mind. My circle is small and keeps me on track with the many hats I wear. I’m grateful for that. My husband was a pastor when we married.

Filling the ‘First Lady’ shoes are hard when you have been a tomboy and a preacher. My husband has been wonderful in helping me cultivate my gifts without ever trying to hold me back. We work very well together because he’s so patient. Ha.

Relationship Central – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We do lots of public speaking and preaching. I think that when people see me, they don’t expect what comes next, especially in the church realm. My entire family is outspoken and true to self. I’ve just got to be me. My Army experience has influenced my speaking and leadership style. I can be tough, but compassionate as well. Growing up, I was taught the importance of the truth. I specialize in educating people (mainly women) on self- esteem, wisdom in womanhood regardless of personality type, the true nature of Ruth and the Virtuous Woman, Modern Christianity, and much more.

I’ve learned all the games and gimmicks… and I’m happy to be a vessel of truth! We’ve got to apply the scriptures, not just know them. I’m proud of the success my husband and I have had with couples. Just yesterday we attended an engagement party for a couple who went through rigorous counseling with us. People come to us in confidentiality because they trust us. We are helping our community and that is something to be proud of.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career would be the release of our new book, “Apples of Gold: A Wealth of Wisdom in 21 Practical Tips.” It’s a book of our most impactful quotes and workbook pages to implement them in our lives. My husband and I work tirelessly to be impactful to our peers and community.

Pricing:

  • Apples of Gold: A Wealth of Wisdom in 21 Practical Tips: $12 on Amazon
  • 1 Hr of Counseling: $25 Donation Appreciated

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Kiaundra Jackson, Michelle Collins, Nysa Shenay

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