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Samantha McManaway

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hello! I am Samantha and I am a Holistic Practitioner that recently graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona with a specialization in Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy. I am a desert dweller that enjoys photography, all things Disney, and reading books all about the Pacific Crest Trail.

Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
Absolutely not! If I am being completely honest, I switched my major so many times in college. From Marine Biologist, to Flight Attendant, to Crime Scene Investigation, to Paralegal. Then, at my nephew’s birthday party in 2018, I sparked up a conversation with a girl who went to SWIHA. I immediately went home and looked it up and felt like this is exactly where I needed to be.

Were you scared to start the process?
I was scared of following my passion. In this day in age, money is a scary thing and I knew that being a small business owner, I would have to really work hard to market myself. But as I continued to go through my certification, I realized that my passion of empowering others is more important to me than a paycheck.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I am an avid hiker. When I was 12, I hiked down the Grand Canyon and right now, I am currently training for the Trans Catalina Trail. My hope is that someday, I am able to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
When I was younger, I had a neighbor who told me that “Knowledge is Power.” Here and there I would think back on his words and realize that he is right, but to an extent. Knowledge IS power, but that power is loosely stated. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching, reading, and listening over the last year and I never realized what kind of power knowledge was until now. I was listening to a podcast that a friend recommended to me. One episode, she mentioned that knowledge ISN’T power. I had to pause the podcast and think about it. What do you mean knowledge ISN’T power? I felt like my whole educational journey gaining ‘knowledge’ was a joke. That made NO sense to me. But then I realized that while my neighbor allowed me to open my eyes to KNOWLEDGE/POWER, he never told me what type of power it was. Knowledge does not ‘give you’ power. Knowledge allows you to have POTENTIAL power. Until you put your knowledge into action, it’s merely “potential power.” So then I changed my view on KNOWLEDGE/POWER and instead looked at it as ACTION/POWER.  Some people have knowledge, but don’t have the power to use it. Others have power, but won’t act on all the knowledge they know. Others have both knowledge and power, but won’t take action even though they know their lives would be better. The difference between knowledge and action is your mindset. Making a change is ultimately up to YOU to apply action. Knowledge is not necessarily power. Action is the key.

What would you say to 16 year old you?

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Yes I have! To this day I have people doubt me, but that is okay. I have found when someone doubts me, it makes me want to be better and to prove to MYSELF that I am capable of great things. I do not need anyone’s approval to be ME. The only approval I need to be myself, is from myself. I need to focus on what makes me happy and ignore opinions of others (even though it can get difficult), but at the end of the day, I was put on this earth to do something magical, even if that magic is not what others consider magic.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
You do not need to compare yourself to others. You are on your own special journey and where you are now is EXACTLY where you are meant to be.

Have you always had confidence in yourself?
No. I am working on confidence every single day. Some days it’s really easy for me, other days it’s tough. But I found that as long as I consistently work on it that is when I shine brighter than the sun.

What do you love most about yourself?
My go-with-the-flow personality as well as still being able to be a planner. For example, I love planning vacations, but when I am actually ON vacation, just going with the flow and letting whatever happen, happen is what I enjoy the most.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I was in an extremely toxic relationship and when it ended, this was the hardest thing for me to handle. The aftermath of the breakup was just the beginning to the shame, guilt, and frustration I had over the person and the relationship. After it ended, it took me a few years to bounce back. I made sure that I worked diligently on overcoming that guilt.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Speak up. If something is bothering you, speak up! I have held back feelings, thoughts, and everything else in between and recently I started speaking my mind in a respectful manner. While a few people did not take it very well, I have found that not only have others gained respect for me, but I have gained more respect for myself.

What motivates you most?
The future. As cheesy as it sounds, I love the idea of the future and the journey to where I will be in 5 years. Looking at my vision board and seeing my goals motivates me to be a better person every day and work towards what I am passionate about.

How do you manage your work-life balance?
I am still trying to figure this out, but so far, I have found apps that have allowed me to post “scheduled posts” and I am working with my husband on taking Sunday off… meaning no phones, computers, TV. It’s all about family time and fully being present with him and our two dogs.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Guided meditation, journaling, and affirmations. I have also found that Pinterest helps a lot with that. Sometimes I will be scrolling on Pinterest and find a “journal challenge” or “meditation challenge” and ultimately want to try it out. By doing that, it allows me to grow and overcome things I have possibly held onto.

Who is your biggest role model? Why?
Gala Darling. I have been following her content since you had to be “accepted” into the Pinterest world. Many, many years! Her Radical Self Love program has helped me SO much and her view on life is absolutely beautiful.

Where do you find inspiration?
I tend to find my inspiration through my experiences and day to day activities. I have found as I am driving to work, I tend to daydream…it could be anything. What my favorite memory was, what I hope to accomplish in 3 years. Whatever the case may be and then I try and figure how I can let it go (past issues) and/or how I can empower myself to move forward and reach my goal(s) in the future.

What are your biggest passions?
Writing and photography. It allows me to get creative and inspire others. Being able to produce a piece of work and have someone say, “I relate to that.” Is something that I strive to do with each letter I write. When it comes to photography, my goal is to bring out your story so when other people look at that photo, they feel EXACTLY how you feel.

Samantha McManaway

Samantha is a Scottsdale-based Empowerment Life Coach and Clinical Hypnotherapist.  After growing up – and falling into – a society where there are so many “perfect” bloggers and influencers on social media, she realized that lifestyle is not for her. She decided it was time to break out of her shell and become the most AUTHENTIC, RAW version of herself. Celebrating being perfectly imperfect.

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