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

Hi Samantha, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I don’t know if I love the words “give up” – I believe in rerouting and letting go. It is okay however, to say no to things that deplete you or no longer serve you. What I have noticed throughout life, is that your path often gets harder when you become distracted or make decisions out of short term satisfaction. Ego is a big factor too – too much of it and you will quickly be on a road to destruction. You can have it all but sometimes you can’t have it all at once. So when things get tough, I see it as a signal to handle things differently – a rearrange. And when alignment is in place, opportunity and new beginnings will miraculously lay themselves out for you (as if the universe is giving you a “check”). Use this for momentum and encouragement to push forward and continue. Focus on what you can control, expect abundance, and welcome newness,

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what makes me different is how I pair imagery and words. I am the most excited when I have something written, and then get to take the time to create a picture that compliments the emotion/mood/feeling/message I want to get across. It’s just something that comes to me and makes sense. I feel the most purpose and am the happiest when I finally get to share it. Professionally, this was very unexpected – what was once a creative outlet, has become how I make a living and provide for my three boys completely on my own. It is never easy, and I have had to work extra hard at learning to “rest” creatively to avoid burn out. I’ve also had to push myself outside my comfort zone (like all good growth usually does!) in order to try new things – our world is fast and digital and the key is to find balance with that without losing your authenticity. Lessons? Give yourself grace and remind yourself daily that what you want is absolutely doable – you are always worthy no matter what stage or phase of life you’re in. I’d love for people to know that everything I do and share – brand and story wise is fueled by my love and willingness to be vulnerable. It is always my intention to encourage communication (the root of all beautiful and easy things)… our stories are important – they help others feel comfy with theirs, regardless of which chapter they’re in.

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.
St. Louis is a special city. Our food is insane, our people are kind, our parks are free, and our energy is rare. Although small, we are packed with wonderful and accessible things to do. Below are my current favorites!

Coffee / breakfast:
Comet Coffee
Bowood by Niche
Fiddlehead Fern Cafe
The Annex
Winslows Table
Nathaniel Reid Bakery (if you want the best pastries ever).

Dinner:
Louie
Olio
Olive and Oak
Pastaria
Nixta

Shop:
Ylang Ylang
Honeycomb
City Sprouts
Descendant
Lark
Civil Alchemy
AO&CO
Urban Matter

See:
Forest Park
Tower Grove Park
Botanical Garden
The Arch
City Museum

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friends. I am endlessly grateful to have so many – all of which support, uplift, and guide me in a positive and honest ways. There is no greater gift than connection, so to be connected to the “right” people in this life, is something I never take for granted. True success is measured by how you feel each day (in all ways) – it is the driving force behind your ability to accomplish, and those who surround you play a huge role in that.

Instagram: @samanthainperson

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