New York Times Best Selling Author

Stephanie O'Dea

Live slowly. Live purposefully.

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Hi there, I’m Steph.

I’m so happy you are here. Welcome to my website.

I am a New York Times best selling author and have written 10 books.

I am best known for my A Year of Slow Cooking website — which I started in 2008 with no-money down as a way to stay home with my kids.

It worked, and I ended up on national TV quite a few times and I am now lucky enough to have a job that I LOVE, where I get to help people all over the world.

In my former life (pre-marriage & kids) — I ran preschool centers for disadvantaged youth and  have a background in Early Childhood Education and child psychology.

I naturally have a servant’s heart and continue to help people in any way I can. 

I am the host of the Slow Living podcast, which you should totally listen to.

My husband and I have been married for 22 years, and together we have three daughters and a basset hound named Sheldon.

Thank you again for visiting and please be sure to reach out to me if I can be of help.

xoxo steph

Life & Time Management

When I first started writing online, people on the internet thought I had a passion for cooking.

I do not.

I have a passion for getting things over and done with quickly and efficiently so I can do the things I WANT to do.

And cooking? Feeding the other humans in the house? That’s not something I really WANT to do — it’s a chore.

That’s why I love my crockpot so much.

I really just want to do what I want to do, when I want to do it.

I’m naturally kind of lazy, but I do somehow find a way to be rather productive.

This is what I write about in my books, and what I teach about in my courses and one-on-one coaching.

I don’t believe your dreams die just because you have children, or because you have chosen to stay home with them.

I love my kids. I wanted to stay home with them.

But we live in the SF Bay Area, and (spoiler alert!) it’s expensive here.

So I needed to find a way to work from home. That is why I started A Year of Slow Cooking —  not because I had a deep secret love for cooking.

but honestly? a lot of the advice I kept getting wasn’t applicable to me. It was written for business men. 

And I am NOT a business man.

I’ve been at this for quite a while, now. And I’ve learned an awful lot of things through trial and error.

If you want to craft out “the Life of your Dreams” — the trick is to Slow Down.

Enjoy the ride.

You can still have goals and dreams and aspirations for “more” but you don’t need to run yourself ragged while trying to get there.

I teach long-term life & time management in a sustainable way. A way that’s designed for *moms* — not business men.

It feels a little “too good to be true” right?

The thing is, if you feel as if you’ve read all the books, and bought the courses, and downloaded the guides but you’re still not where you’d like to be with your health, finances, relationships, or career goals – email me.

I am here to support you.

Steph sitting on the floor

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