About Ownstream

over-whiteThe name “Ownstream” is a play on the word “mainstream”. More and more, people are moving away from conventional models of work, lifestyle and religion, and are creating their own paths – paths that arc toward greater freedom, creation and abundance. Given our unlimited ability today to connect online, we as a worldwide community are able to share these empowered models of living and being with one another like never before, learn together and ultimately, co-create a new Earth.

Ownstream seeks to further this movement at both the individual and collective levels. To these ends, Ownstream provides information, tools and pathways to empower people to pursue their life’s true calling, recreate their lives to serve their greatest joy, and experience unlimited freedom, bliss and abundance. We write, coach, and create media directed to these aims. 

The Ownstream logo highlights our primary themes of freedom, empowerment and individuality by beginning with a uniform series of blue dots and evolving into a stream of unique shapes and colors. It also evokes a sense of balance, harmony and Oneness by taking the overall shape of a circle. The logo is inspired by the zen “enso” circle, itself a universal symbol of wholeness and completion.

Stephen & Theresa

Us with our beautiful daughter Sofia at Tioga Pass, near Yosemite

We met in 2010, fell wildly in love, and got married in May 2013 at Windansea Beach in La Jolla, CA. After honeymooning in Bali, we knew that travel and adventure would play a huge role in our relationship and in the life, family and business we were co-creating.

In 2014, we spent three months traveling across Asia, living as digital nomads and embracing the freedom of minimalism and vagabonding by living out of 24L backpacks. After subsequently spending two months in Encinitas, CA, we returned to NYC and immediately decided to sell our home and move to Southern California, where we were called by the ocean, sunshine and vibrant spiritual and entrepreneurship community.

In May 2016, our beautiful and powerful daughter, Sofia was born in Encinitas. In the year that followed her birth, we experienced profound spiritual acceleration, and were called to greater freedom and service. We created Ownstream, quit our remaining jobs, got out of debt entirely, sold all our things and moved into a converted Dodge Sprinter van, with only the wide open road and path of our excitement ahead of us. We now live mostly out of our van, and are on a quest to pull others out of the matrix to find and develop their Ownstreams as we together co-create a new Earth.

With love and excitement, we chronicle our adventures and offerings on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and on the Ownstream Podcast.

Theresa SgobbaTheresa

Loving partner, mother, daughter, and One with all that is; plant foods geek and wannabe farmer; wild road and world adventurer; soul intuitive; writer and co-creator of Ownstream.

Background: by the book student and lawyer turned freedom charging seeker, creator and digital entrepreneur; professional writer, communicator, and facilitator; practiced yogi warrior; aspiring photographer, nomad, athlete, and chef; creator of love, bliss, freedom, and unity above all else.


Husband, daddy, son, pal and lover of this fantastic dog; former actor, director and producer; passionate filmmaker and photographer; above average golfer and very below average surfer; adventurer, platform builder and advocate for freedom and expansion in all areas of life.

Background: above average student and proud Tar Heel, I cut loose in the big metropolis of NYC in 1994 seeking an arts career. Blessed to work with Merce Cunningham from ’94-’98, serving as his assistant while traveling the world. My acting career made a hard right into pick-up artistry (not a typo) in 2003, leading me to move to LA for 7 months and be featured in this book. For 12 years, I taught men how to get a girlfriend, along with running my successful online dating business. From 2012-2016, I created and produced the annual BEAT Festival in Brooklyn, NY. For five years, I was honored to work with some of the most compelling and forward-thinking artists of our time.