Beyond Mom Interviews

Stephanie Barnhart

Founder of Social Minded Media GroupCo-Founder of INTRO NYCNY Editor at Mommy Nearest

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As an active mom and natural leader, Stephanie Barnhart balances her responsibilities with passion and enthusiasm. She is the founder of Socialminded Media Group, co-founder of INTRO NYC and NY Editor at Mommy Nearest. Stephanie turns to her tribe of moms for support and motivation as she works to be a role model for her family. 

What makes you a Beyond Mom?

Just knowing that there is no such thing as a “mom” anymore – we as women juggle so many different hats everyday that we are always beyond the limits we think we can manage. There is no such thing as balance, we’re all just trying to find what whats for us personally.

What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a Mom?

Everything. I think my life and success finally took off once I became a mom. I realized that I wanted to be able to work from home and be the mother to my son that he needed, so I found a way to make that happen – together.

Can you share a collaboration/success story with another woman; what helped the collaboration become successful?

My newest business partner Allison Cooper! We met as fellow bloggers in NYC, ended up being both from Pittsburgh, and realized we work well together as we balance each other out, so we started a NYC brand/blogging network called INTRONYC.com.

What relationships help you stay connected to yourself?

My tribe of moms. They help balance me, and remind me that I cannot do it all alone, and that each of us all stumble and struggle with guilt everyday. Something always has to take the back burner. I couldn’t survive as a mom in this city without the ability to connect and rely on their stories to remind me we all go through it.

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Do you have a ‘Beyond’ dream that you are pursuing? If so, please share…

My dream is just to be able to keep doing what I am doing. Being a successful role model for my child/children as they grow, and show that the American Dream is attainable if you work hard enough for it.

What wellness activity can you not live without? What is one thing you do daily that balances you?

Ever since I became pregnant, I have gone for long walks around the city. Now, Maximo comes with me. We walk everywhere – exploring new playgrounds, restaurants, taking in the city sites and just people watching. It’s really amazing to just watch this city happen in real life around you. You never know what you’ll stumble upon and no day is the same.

How does style influence the way you stay feeling ‘Beyond’? Who is currently your favorite designer?

I just met the designer behind GiGi New York at NYFW and fell in love with the beauty of the bags. Once I met Tom Glazer and saw how humble and compassionate he was for his work, it made me appreciate the artwork even more.


Favorite NYC Spots that Embody The Beyond Mom:

Clay Spa for relaxing, Ainsworth for networking, High Line for walking and taking in the city, Madison Square Park and Playground for the kids.

Beyond Cocktails and/or Food:

I love Rosemary’s in the Village. It’s the perfect place to escape for incredible food (grown right on location) and wine with girlfriends and moms.

Beyond Workout:

Walking the city

Beyond Shopping:

Anthropologie 

Beyond Inspiration:

Just other moms in this city and watching how they do it – with more than one kid!