Samantha Ettus: She's Helping Women Find Balance

March 6 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: Mastering the Balancing Act

This morning, I’m sipping green tea and wearing a clay mask on my face because why not? Our days often find us shuffling around, endlessly multitasking. While some days lend themselves to leisurely soaking in the tub, drinking wine and letting a beauty mask gently unclog my pores, other days require me to sit at a laptop while my face is covered in cleansing goo. You know how it goes.

Today, we’re talking about the one thing that every single woman has to manage: work-life balance. Today, give yourself adequate time to create a balance game plan.


It’s easy to get sucked into comparing our lifestyles to others’, but ladies, it’s time to stop that nonsense! Mindful magazine poses four suggestions for finding success and fulfillment within ourselves. They include: following your inner compass, asking yourself questions like, “What brings me joy?” and identifying exactly what inspires you. Also, stay focused and fully present, and find success and fulfillment by focusing on the positives in your work and life.

WOMAN TO WATCH: Samantha Ettus, Life-balance Expert

If what I just told you sounds a little too hippie-dippie to you, then it’s time to call in the big guns: a proper life-balance expert. We’ve found the perfect one, and her name is Samantha Ettus.

Samantha has helped thousands of overworked professionals—from C-level leaders to administrative assistants—learn how to maximize work/life success, or as her website notes, “She finds that spark within each of us and turns it into a fire.” A corporate speaker, best-selling author, TV personality and radio host, Samantha recently published her fifth book, The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction. If you’re a working woman, this book is a must-read for you. Samantha breaks down all of life’s commitments in a pie chart that covers everything from career to community and health, noting that by filling up every slice, we can find fulfillment.

One of the missions of the book is to ditch the concept that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Such sentiments are futile and can leave us feeling listless. Another idea from The Pie Life involves believing we already have everything we need to have happy, balanced lives. Samantha weaves these messages of clarity and encouragement in with anecdotes by some pretty cool ladies who know a thing or two about achieving work/life balance, like television personality (and Oprah’s BFF) Gayle King and former On The Dot Woman to Watch Sallie Krawcheck.

With a background in business and media, Samantha, a Harvard MBA grad, is full of little nuggets of wisdom that can help every woman reach her potential professionally and personally. In one recent Forbes column, Samantha shared 25 Ways to Release Your Inner Badass in 2017. I love her practical and inspiring tips, like channeling your most confident friend and holding your head high, budgeting your time as you do your money, learning your value and refusing to accept less than you are worth, and my favorite: Turn bad moments into great stories!


Take Samantha Ettus’ advice and don’t wait to create your perfect life. As philosopher and motivational speaker Wayne W. Dyer said:

“You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice.

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