Meet Samantha Phelan! Sam is a wool sock wearin’, tree huggin’, tea lovin’ type of gal. She is a Marketing Director for a professional hockey team in the East Coast of Canada, and spends any free time she has outdoors with people she loves. Sam is crazy about social media and can vibe on it 24/7 without losing steam. @RawBeautyTalks is a social media channel of Sam's that she is particularly proud to be involved with, given it has such a strong message for women that is not traditionally talked about amongst the highlight reels. (Fun Fact: Jacki Carr did a great interview with Raw Beauty Talks here.)
What rocks your bliss?
Getting outdoors. Capturing beautiful moments in time with a camera. Holding hands. Eye contact. Learning.
Describe your perfect day.
I’d wake up naturally around 5:30am (alarm clocks are too much for me sometimes but often necessary), take an extra ten minutes to cuddle into my fiancé and pup, throw on some lulus and head outside for a sunrise run. When I get home, I’d drink an extra large cup of Green Tea while spending 20 minutes getting into a good book. I’d then set my intentions for the day (I like to use Danielle Laporte’s “How Do You Want to Feel?” strategy). Everything after that is almost never consistent, other than there being some type of challenge, project, or intellectual stimulant. Throw in a hike with someone I love, some toast and avocado and it might as well be a dream.
When do you feel most creative and alive?
Since my early twenties, I always fought with the idea of having to choose between being a kick-ass boss of a business woman, that wears nice dresses, and holds a valued opinion at a boardroom table based on her intellect– or- a carefree, curly haired, wool sweater wearing, outdoor enthusiast that builds a hipster tech start-up. It wasn’t until the last few years that I realized that even though those two personalities don’t traditionally go together, I am still allowed to be both. So here I am, pretty dresses by week, hiking boots by weekend. I find the biggest sense of comfort and creativity when I keep a balance between the two.
Share a huge goal you are rocking.
Earlier this summer I started developing a program that seeks to help young girls, aged 10-14, cultivate positive body image through sessions focused on challenging their existing beliefs about their bodies, practicing more body-gratitude, and providing a foundation that will allow them to think more critically about the realities behind social media. I’ll be launching the sessions with local Girl Guide and Pathfinder groups here in October and I’m so stoked to start having these important conversations with a group that so desperately needs a space to speak openly about it.
If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
I’d go to Ontario to give my nieces the most embarrassing Auntie kisses they’ve ever experienced. And then probably paint the bottoms of their little feet (with washable paint of course), line the floor with poster paper, and have a dance party to create some rad artwork for their bedrooms. There’s nothing I value more than investing in memorable, crazy, weird, experiences with people I love.
How do you handle setbacks?
Gratitude. I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason, so when I shift my thinking from being upset about something, to trying to figure out what this is supposed to teach me, it takes the drama out of the issue. I don’t always know what the lesson is right away, but remaining open to the lessons and thankful for what I have, always gives me the perspective I need to move forward.
How do you come home to yourself?
Hiking. I always feel comfortable enough to be exactly who I am when I’m surrounded by trees, an ocean, and mountains. A large expanse is also a great metaphorical reminder that the sky is the limit; that my possibilities are endless; and no matter what route I take, they will always be there for me to retreat to. Similarly, there are a few key people in my life that seemingly know me better than I know myself. If I’m feeling a bit lost, they are my metaphorical trees, mountains, and oceans, reminding me of who I am and silently promising to always be there no matter what I do.
What are 3 ways you rock the self LOVE?
I always try to prioritize sleep, exercise, and education. As long as I’m sleeping, moving, and learning, I’ll feel good about myself. If any of those falter, things get weird.