When asked why Sam chose a career motivating others, she had 3 responses:
1) I want my life to matter.
I want to be able to look back on my life and feel like I made a real difference. I tried many different career paths before choosing this one. I'm not interested in a mediocre life or in settling. I don't want to count down the days to my retirement as though I'm sitting in a waiting room waiting to enjoy my life. Most days, I'm happy to go to work because I know there are people who need my support and this gives me a strong sense of purpose. So does striving to be the best mother I can be, a reliable life partner and caring friend.
All of it really matters.
2) I want to inspire my daughter.
I want to show my daughter what it means to choose a life of purpose rather than just settle for a boring or oppressive job that pays the bills. I don't measure happiness and success by displays of wealth. It's not that I don't value financial stability. I do. But I've met plenty of people who are well off and miserable. Some of the happiest, most fulfilled people I've known live in simple conditions doing things they love surrounded by family and/or communities they love. Some of them make hammocks or teach surfing or yoga on the beach. What matters is that I teach my daughter to choose work that feels mostly fulfilling. Nothing is perfect or filled with unicorns and rainbows. But it shouldn't feel soul-sucking to have to go to work.
3) I want to empower the discouraged.
I want to inspire those who are trying to overcome major life hurdles that often seem insurmountable:
From career transitions and work challenges to relationship hurdles, social isolation, self-criticism, low self-esteem and even deep trauma, there's very little I can't relate to that I haven't had to overcome or cope with myself...
EXPERIENCES WITH SAM....
'When I first approached Samantha to help provide coaching, I had no real idea what to expect in terms of results. It was a hail Mary in many ways, at a time of both career change and high personal stress. What a hail Mary it turned out to be.
Samantha is dedicated, honest, serious about helping those she works with, and direct in how she does so. She came prepared for each meeting with specific things to discuss or work on. She understood quickly who I was and what values I have, and worked to help me achieve them, not to rewrite them. She pushed hard when it was needed and intuitively knew when to cut me a little slack. The sessions we had were open, results oriented, and engaging. And most importantly, they worked! And they were then supported by follow-up when needed.
In short, Samantha provided the support and inputs I needed, when I truly needed them. I could not have picked a better person to work with.' Howard Mann, Senior International Law Advisor
'Having Sam as a life coach was such an enriching experience for me. She is energetic, kind-hearted and intuitive. She was highly adaptive to my situation and emotional states at a given time, and was thus flexible in her approach with me and getting me focused on my goals.
Her sessions were always extremely helpful and left me smiling and feeling more confident about where I was going. I am now on track with setting and meeting personal and career goals, thanks to Sam.' Janice Sutton, Senior Program Officer
“Sam's friendly, happy but totally professional approach led me to find myself again, regain my confidence and above all, through empowerment, put me back in control of myself.
I cannot express the gratitude and respect I have for Samantha. It is a journey with many bumps in the road, do not expect an easy passage, but what an excellent guide I had and one I will call on again if the need arises.”
A. Baillie, Technical Manager, P. Eng.
'Samantha's coaching has been a tremendous help to me in reaching a number of life and career goals. Right from the start, she was an engaged and empathetic listener, understanding my background and the challenges I was facing. There is never any judgement from Sam, just open-minded acceptance and a gentle yet unyielding will to find a way forward.
Sam helped me narrow down and prioritize my goals, build a plan to achieve them, and shared her wealth of knowledge, methods and tools to move through the plan. I can't thank her enough for the help she provided in getting me unstuck so I could make major breakthroughs on my top goal. That experience in turn has built my confidence that I can tackle all sorts of challenges in a way that is both effective and self-caring.
I strongly recommend Sam, she will help find a way to achieve your goals that works for you!'
Stephen Trott, Senior Policy Analyst
'I really don't think you realize just how good you are at what you do. It's simply a tough endeavour to gauge one's own abilities and performance against those of others in any objective or constructive manner. So I ask you to simply take it from me when I say you are light years above others, and can out class them even when you are not trying.'
George Exarhos, Legal Assistant
'I'm sure you already know this but you are an inspiration. I took a course a couple of years ago where you mentioned your past work experiences and how you changed your life plan so that you were doing things you loved to do. It really made me look at what I was doing and why.
I realized I was a manager of people that I didn't want to be managing and that I was only doing it because it was what was expected. I stepped down and now I am much happier. Thank you for this, you changed my life!' Angela, Production Assistant
'Thanks for helping me find the courage to be vulnerable. Obviously, I don't tell people what's going on inside my world very often so it felt good to briefly open the vault and talk about a few things. It was a small win.
I had stopped doing the exercises in The Pathfinder for a couple weeks so this was the kick in the ass that I needed to get back at it to find out what will get 'The Jim Company' working on all cylinders again.' Jim
'With Samantha’s help and encouragement, I empowered myself with strength, confidence and patience. She is a great coach, and pushed me to go beyond the comfortable and empower myself with new experiences.' Celine, Lawyer
“Samantha’s conversational style of teaching is extremely engaging. She has a way to keep the energy level up while maximising the impact of the learning by focusing on key aspects that really make a difference. She has deep understanding of communications and human interactions and an amazing way of sharing that knowledge, including through convincing theatrical examples that make it impossible to miss the point.”
Sylvain Langlois, Manager, Manufacturing, Communications & Technologies
'You are an amazing woman. The fact that you share your real life situations makes you an even more believable coach. You are the most down to earth, real person I have met in a long time. I just wanted to drop you a line to tell you that you are an amazing beautiful strong woman who inspires me and many others. Please keep up the great work!!!'
Caroline, Senior Project Manager