Steph Osmanski | About Me
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About Me

Hi, I’m Stephanie, a freelance writer & digital strategist from Long Island, New York.

— CAREER —

  • I graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism and a minor in English.
  • After college, I landed the role of web editor at M Magazine, where I wrote and edited website content and managed
    the brand’s social media channels.
  • After two years, I made the move to Parents Magazine, where I took on the role of social media editor.
  • In October 2016, I became a full-time freelance writer and digital strategist, writing and implementing strategy
    for brands like Life & Style, InTouch Weekly, HelloFlo, and SheKnows.
  • My words have also appeared on Seventeen, Parents, USA Today, and more.

— FACTS —

  1. I have a super cute pomsky named Koda, who is my partner in puppy crimes and most often the culprit of my missing socks.
    You can follow her on Instagram here.
  2. I have been a vegetarian since December 2010, though I integrated fish back into my diet in 2012. I suppose that makes me a pescatarian then because like, salmon has 40g of protein in it and to me, that’s pretty justifiable. Girl needs her protein, you know what I mean?
  3. My all-time favorite celebrity interview to conduct was with Zendaya — which you can read and watch here.
  4. Growing succulents, making jam, and pickling vegetables are three of my very humble passions.
  5. I’m most famous in my hometown for baking honey roasted almonds and distributing them to the masses. (They’re like crack.)
  6. I eat a bag of Trader Joe’s nut mix daily.
  7. At 7pm every weeknight, an alarm goes off on my phone signifying that it’s Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune time –
    let’s just say I’m nasty at WOF and leave it at that.
  8. Scrabble and Jenga are my two favorite board games though my mom loathes playing with me because I once beat her in Scrabble by over 150 points.
  9. When it comes to getting parcels or mail, I’m rendered childlike. Whenever I go on vacation, I make sure I come home to tons of Amazon orders waiting at my doorstep.
  10. At 25 years old, I finally figured out how to incorporate crow pose and hand-stands into my yoga practice.

— PERSONAL STORY —

(Photo Credit: Tyler Babin)

I considered whether or not I should include this portion. I am inherently cautious about what I put out there for the Internet to see and claim opinions of. However, my life has recently been defined by extremely personal events and because these events have affected so much of who I am and changed me drastically,

I’ve decided that it’s crucial to include them.

In September 2016, I fell in love with a man who I immediately recognized to be my soul mate. We were completely smitten, despite knowing each other from high school and rarely crossing paths. Matthew Vincent Pearson Iaria promised to marry me and in the upcoming future months, we developed plans to move in together and get married.

On December 9, 2016, at just 25 years old, he died from complications of esophageal cancer. Because of this tragic but undoubtedly beautiful love story of ours, I have subsequently become an advocate for raising awareness and funds in the interest of researching rare cancers, specifically gastrointestinal cancer of the lower tract.

At Matthew’s funeral, I gave a eulogy, which you can read here. When his former oncologists at Cornell University notified me of his accomplishments in the world of gastrointestinal cancer treatments, I wrote an essay entitled, “My Boyfriend’s Cancer Will Make You Rethink Everything You Know About the Term ‘Legacy.’”

Please, if you have a moment, read these two essays and I implore you to share with someone – anyone – whom you think would benefit from learning about our story. Also, it would mean a lot to the Iaria family and I if you would please consider donating to Sloan Kettering.