We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Dawn and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samantha, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Having balance is always such a battle, especially in entrepreneurship and motherhood. I don’t even know if balance is the right word, I would like to think it’s having work life boundaries. For example, set the boundaries for when it’s time to work vs when it’s time to be present with your family, friends, and your life.

When I first started, I had zero boundaries and even tried to work as I took care of my son, who was only 8 months at the time. I felt really burnt out, I wasn’t present in any conversations I was having, I was always just thinking about growing my business and I just overall felt as if I wasn’t succeeding – as a business owner, as a mother, as myself. Once I started to realize my mindset and my relationships weren’t going so well, I just needed to stop and ask myself, “If I had everything that I ever wanted in my life, how would I operate – what would I do and what do I need to change now to make it happen?”

I started implementing boundaries by using time blocks to schedule myself out, but also just took time to rest. Rest is a part of the progress and I stopped thinking “I need to be more productive” – because let me reiterate: rest is productive. It is part of the process and you will be more present in whatever you are doing in life.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a personal stylist and style coach. I help women find themselves, their confidence, and their style by reinventing their style. I love what I do, because I get to make women feel empowered through style. What I do is unique, because I don’t just focus on the style, I like to also focus on women’s inner confidence too. My background education isn’t just on styling, it’s in psychology also, so I combine both worlds to really help women with their confidence and their style.

My business is becoming very successful and to others it might seem like an over night thing, but I know that it was not. It took time to really understand myself and how I wanted to run my business. It took taking the imposter syndrome and shutting it out so I can grow. It took me while to also put my blinders on and stop comparing myself to others and just focus on my clients, my business, and myself.

Running my own business has its challenges, but with each challenge comes a lesson. I’ve learned a lot of lessons since I’ve been running my business. Lessons that involved who I am and how I show up – it’s very different now compared to when I first started.

And let me tell you something I wish I could tell my past self who opened her business on day 1: get the help you need, invest in yourself asap so you don’t get burned out doing it on your own. There is no such thing as a sustainable and successful business without help.

I’m very proud of myself for continuing to want to grow – I thought having my own business and doing what I love to do was just a fantasy, but I did it! It wasn’t easy, and it still isn’t easy. But with patience, resilience, kindness to myself, rest, and investing back in myself to learn how to be better – it’s all worth it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am always up for a food adventure, especially if it involves sweets. I am obsessed with Milk Tea People or Happy Lemon for sweet drinks. For food, my favorite spots are Angry Chicken, Angelos, North Italia, or any Korean BBQ.

Roaming around Downtown Denver near Milk Market or Larimer is always fun to check out. Honestly, there are so many unique spots all over Denver (not just in Downtown), it’s hard not to find something new to try out.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s a lot of people who have helped me in my story, from coaches, to friends, and family, but there’s one specific person that has really made an impact in my story. My fiancé really deserves recognition. It really shows that who you have around you has a big impact on you and your successes. I have wanted to give up several times in my business and have had many meltdowns about my business or motherhood. My fiancé is the one who always helped me pick myself back up. He would be my shoulder to cry on, he would pep talk me to not give up, he would give me inspirational talks whenever I felt down on myself – he has been the ultimate support system and I could not have done this without him.

Website: www.bysamanthadawn.com

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Image Credits
Blue Flame Studio Co.

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