Modern Moto Magazine ISSUE No. 4 - September 2017 - Page 23

life at its fi nest. You don't always meet great people, and you don't always meet bad people, but you meet people, and in turn it helps you grow and know who and what you want in your life. makes me feel more alive. When I'm on my bike, every li le fret or worry just dissolves. It no longer even exists in my mind. It's just my bike and me, working together as one unit. It truly is the best medita on ever. MM: What is your favorite type of modeling gig? S: I really enjoy ge ng the opportunity to be a part of fundraisers and charity events. I o en take part in charity bike runs where I'll set up and sell/give away signed posters and take pictures with people. They are usually geared around memorials to raise money for the family of the deceased. MM: How do you want to be remembered? S: I lost my boyfriend in a horrible car accident in January of 2017. He was the light of my life, my inspira on for striving to be a be er person every day. He was so upli ing to everyone he knew. No one ever had a bad thing to say about him. And now, that's how I want to live and be remembered. MM: What else do you do to give back? S: I've also contributed my me bartending for events dedicated to children's hospitals and cancer research. In general, when it comes to giving back to the community, I feel it can be done every day in simple ways if you just try to be a be er person. Giving back to the community doesn't always involve a highly-organized event. Some mes it's just smiling and waving at a neighbor, no cing if someone needs an extra hand, holding open a door, making a kid laugh or picking up a piece of trash in your neighborhood. It's very simple to contribute to your community by just se ng a be er example for people. I do it because it makes me feel good and it always comes back around. People helping people, it's powerful. At Stephanie’s request, this piece is dedicated to Michael John Stravers. Stephanie’s “inspira on to be less of a piece of shit than I was yesterday. He knows what I'm talking about.” You can follow Stephanie on Instagram at @s_pietz or visit her website at StephaniePietz.com - Bri any Morrow, bri anymorrow.com MM: Tell us something about yourself that you are most proud of. S: I found an abandoned pup in my neighborhood one night that was dumped there. It was obvious she was used for breeding and wasn't well taken care of. Her hair was so ma ed it made me cry. It took me two hours to cut most of it out. I reached out to a local radio sta on DJ who was known for sheltering, adop ng and fi nding homes for stray animals. Come to fi nd out she was pregnant! His son loved the dog so much he ended up keeping her. He s ll sends me pics to this day. That li le pup was so sweet, I just couldn't believe someone would ever be so heartless. I could have easily driven right past her that night and not stopped, but I just don't have it in me to turn my head the other way. It's a quality I possess that I'm extremely proud of. Showing a li le kindness and compassion goes a long way. MM: Riding jeopardizes your modeling career. Why do you s ll do it? S: I ride because there's nothing else in this world that 23