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Pink Headphones: Empowering Balance w/ Samantha Lane

unsplash-logoMay Lawrence

Welcome to this episode of the Dreamers Succeed Podcast. I am so excited that we are joined today by someone who is near and dear to my heart: my friend, fellow coach, and amazing human being – Samantha Lane!

Hi, Samantha.

Samantha

Hello.

Berta

How you doin’, girl?

Samantha

Great.

Berta

Good! So I want to properly introduce her, even though I’m not going to do a good enough job. Samantha is the originator of the Origami Day time management system. She is an executive coach, an amazing human being… she does trainings for major corporations all  over the country and internationally. You are in for a real treat.

You’re going to hear some real real. Samantha has been through some stuff. We’re going to get to know here a little bit better and find out how she came to bring Origami Day to life out of a commitment to be of service to people. Sound good?

Samantha

Yeah, I’m excited!

Berta

So tell us a little bit about Samantha for the listeners. Let’s throw it out there.

Samantha

That’s the fun part of this particular podcast. I do know you so well and you’ve been such an important part of my personal journey, so I’ll try to remember that I’m also addressing your wonderful listeners and not just you.

Your question was introducing myself? Who am I?

Well, I am a reformed workaholic and I now use my passion for efficiency to try to help other people to be present in their lives while still being productive. That’s something I didn’t know you could do once upon a time.

Through a crazy series of events I now understand that you can be present and productive. It’s up to each of us to seek that out. That’s what I hope to inspire in people and one day spark a culture shift if I’m lucky enough to do so.

Berta

And one of the things that really drew me to you, from the first minute that we met, was your passion to bring that message to people. Guys, we get to do it differently. We don’t have to do it the way everyone else out there is doing it.

So tell the listeners a little bit about what sparked that for you. What was that aha moment that came to you where you said “something’s gotta shift here!”

Samantha

I like calling it passion versus soapbox rants. Sometimes I get so passionate about the importance of us living that I fear sometimes that I don’t want to come off as preaching to people. I’m really glad it comes off as passion. I’ll take you back to the origin story of the new version of Samantha Lane.

I’ll acknowledge past me was a little bit of a reactive nature. She couldn’t always get together, was always taking on too much, not setting boundaries, zero self-care. People would say, “Oh, you love working!”

Or my family would say, “If you’re not too busy.” Perhaps my ambitious nature got the best of me and I ventured into this work-before-life. It’s easy for many of us to do. Our society and our culture further emphasizes that.

In 2014 I had to have my chest cut open and it was a planned surgery – a deformity that left my sternum sitting on my heart and made it very difficult to breathe. With all the information I had, it made sense for me to have the corrective surgery and hope to live a better and healthier life.

I planned to be out of commission for four weeks, had a good support system. I worked on who would take my dogs out, who would feed my husband. What I couldn’t have planned for was all the complications. I had some really intense complications that included losing the ability to use my left arm and having a staph infection in my chest.

Not to freak people out but it was such a blessing… when you talk about an aha moment. It wasn’t really one thing because the complications were so continuous. It was more of the whole experience became this moment of undeniable mi- prioritization. I was doing it all wrong and that life is so fleeting and so precious.

It was this decision to put my life above all else – to put my relationships and the things that mattered above the need to work. I do say need. I feel like I should clarify. I’m not someone who says, “Let’s all quit our jobs and lay around having picnics all day.”

I married a fireman. I sealed my fate to work forever. I understand we don’t all have the ability to just not work. It really drove me to discover and essentially create a way to live a wonderful life while still being able to eat food.

Berta

How long did this supposedly four-week recovery… turn into with all the complications?

Samantha

I’ve not been the same.  I’m not back to the benchmark and unfortunately I’m not better than I was. The hardest part was a good six months. The hardest-hardest part was a good three months. The okay, I think I’m finally on the other side was almost a full year. I’m five-plus years later and I still have not just the emotional eye-opening benefits lingering but some physical lingering.

Berta

I’m wondering – when there’s that much time in between… especially as a planner with expectations and who wants to have everything in order (like you said: who’s going to take out my dogs, who’s going to feed my husband).

As you’re laying there, probably thinking am I ever going to get movement back, is this staph infection going to get the best of me. All those things that we go through when we’re in a crisis that we just didn’t plan for…

Can you take me through – you don’t have to get super persona – what that did as far as the shift. I think a lot of us take it for granted.

Samantha

The thing that was so powerful during that time was the forced and glaring perspective. My day was no longer wake up, get to work, fight the traffic, am I presentable, are my ducks in a row for my projects, am I ready, have a I sent that email.

This harried state that my days tended to be in went away. Suddenly, none of that actually mattered in terms of my day. I don’t mean to disrespect work. Job-love is a thing. I love helping people find that. But for me it was: “Is my incision opening up today?” “Can I use my arm?” “Will my fever break 105 degrees?”

Not to get too graphic and freak people out. My goal is always to give people the epiphany that I had without them having to have such an intense experience. When that’s what you’re dealing with – I understand now people who have these health episodes who turn their whole apple cart upside down.

The emails and the to-do lists and the minutiae. Suddenly you’re like, who cares? Am I going to make it to dinner? Am I going to be able to open my eyes again tomorrow?

Thankfully there were some really intense moments in my recovery. For the most part I wasn’t knocking on death’s door the whole time. It was enough to show me, my god, I’ve done this wrong. This isn’t what we’re here for. Does that make sense?

Berta

Yeah! I think you said the perfect word: perspective. The gift is the perspective we don’t always have. I have a dear friend who was battling cancer. Didn’t even need to have a colonoscopy. Went in with stage four. Fortunately he fought through it and came out on the other side.

It’s still something that’s lingering. We had lunch not too long again and he said, “I’m terminal.”

He’s younger than I am – early fifties. I said, “Steve, we’re all terminal.” The difference is that you have the blessing of knowing and having it stare at you and now you’re doing everything differently.

Samantha

I’m not convinced this is he only time that god has tried to teach me this lesson. I’ve also lost loved ones suddenly. I’ve broken my back. Things happen in my life and I just think I wasn’t listening and god was like, “listen, girl, you can’t run away from this one. This is what you need to know.”

I’m so thankful. The hard part is then, because it’s so glaring to me, sometimes I struggle with remembering, oh wait, everyone hasn’t had that. You talk about the passion. I hope to convey through that passion that people should value their time as much as I now value my time.

When I feel like there’s a disconnect and people can’t see it, it’s so sad to me.

Berta

Right! And I think that’s the thing. A lot of times as coaches and speakers, especially when we meet so many people, at the beginning for me there was this sense of frustration. Do you not see the potential you have? It can’t just be obvious to me. Let’s do something here. Let’s take this gift and these talents and let’s get you where you want to be. Did you struggle with that initially?

With helping other people realize they didn’t have to go through that to understand.

Samantha

I struggle with that all the time. A couple weeks ago I did a training. I don’t want to go too far down a different tangent but there were two reasons that particular training was difficult. A lot of times I go and work with companies and I walk away and I’m like, I helped. Everyone’s response was, “This is helpful.”

I recently did a training and walked away and thought: that was tough. It was a tough crowd. The big reason it was a tough crowd was because, one, I’m a young woman. There’s an automatic, “What does she know? She’s young!”

I don’t think people understand the experiences that I’ve had and the old soul that is within me in my youthful age. I think that didn’t help. It was a room of older gentlemen. The other thing is, because of that, I almost felt like they didn’t believe me.

I was telling them, “Listen, you can be present and productive. You can crush it at work and still eat dinner with your kids. You can still go to their baseball games.”

These men, I felt, just couldn’t even hear it. So, yeah, I still struggle with it all the time. It was two weeks ago. I just was like, “Please, just give it a try. What are you risking? What are you losing? If you try it and it doesn’t work, what’s the worst that happens?”

If you try it and suddenly you’re living in your life? It’s hard. I walked away from that experience and one of my clients that I’ve worked with for the last few years… he brought me into that particular training. He wasn’t available. When we talked afterward he was like, “I’m so saddened to hear that. I wish I could have been there and advocated and shown people that I’m a success story.”

Sometimes people are too scared. We’re so conditioned. People don’t realize that taking your life back can be counter-culture.

Berta

I think the reason you and I connect is how easy it is for us to think big. This is a movement, we can change people. I want to get into Origami Day. I know that part of the reason you created it was just coming from this place of simplifying things and putting it in your hands so you can see that it’s possible.

Talk to me a little bit about what you see with what you want to do on a community level, state level, and global level of helping people understand and recapture their lives. We always think things are impossible until we prove that they’re not and then it just becomes so easy.

Samantha

To bring back some pieces of a previous conversation you and I had: I’m so thankful for the gifts that God has blessed me with. One of those is an exceptionally strategic mind. I always approach a problem and I instantly see this starting point, understand the end-point, and can usually pretty quickly discern some reasonable steps in between.

That’s one of the things I love doing with people – helping them in terms of planning for goals and planning to reach certain things. Where are you right now? Where are you going? What are those steps? I know you’re so good at that too. I know that you understand and appreciate that.

To answer your question: I see where I’m standing right now. I’m standing in a sea of people who are walking in one direction. I’m starting to walk the other way. I see the top of that staircase where I’m trying to get is where the whole crowd has turned. We’ve gotten everyone to start walking in the same direction. Everyone’s happier.

We’re saying hello to our neighbors and we’re just living this life that is… I don’t want to sound overly dreamy or touchy-feely. If we could just turning everyone around and start walking in a slightly different direction where we’re still doing what needs to be done but doing it from a different place – because we’re not running on empty all the time and we’re not frazzled and reactive.

We’re living proactive and intentional lives. I see that being – I’ve made the commitment to doing it, which is step one. I’m slowly helping other people to see that they can do this. Right now, this is coming from the companies that I work with, the individuals that I work with.

Kind of one person at a time having the lightbulb, having the epiphany. My hope is that it spreads and spreads and that more people can acknowledge that Origami Day had an influence in them having a better life and then it grows. And then more people are able to be present and productive. Before you know it, it’s the norm.

It’s not the counter – it’s the norm. Does that make sense?

Berta

That’s exactly what I wanted to hear because that’s the only way to shift; to empower them. I love that these major corporations – I know you’ve worked with universities as well – they’re seeing the importance of this now. Employee turnaround and everything that’s happening out there in the corporate world… if you could just bring in that layer of the human-ness and look at the team members holistically where you can empower them…

Samantha

It doesn’t even have to be that touchy-feely. A lot of times, employers have a hard time justifying certain workplace wellness initiatives because it’s hard for them to see the ROI. I’m giving this person healthier snack choices – what does that equate to? In reality, it equates to dollars in health care.

What also happens is, when employers start acknowledging work-life balance (especially in the framework of productivity and time management) I’m not only helping employees and my philosophy… again, I’m not the only one out here doing this. I’m doing it my way but people like me – we’re not only helping the employer to retain that employee (which, side note, losing an employee costs up to 60% of that employees staff to rehire).

What I also really focus on is how do we help those employees not only to have more resiliency in the workplace and longevity – how do we help them to be physically healthier? Again, we’re reducing those healthcare costs. How am I helping an employee to create a strategic plan for their week that gets them their 40 hours or whatever that may be of work and also helps them to go to the gym or be active.

Even more of that benefit to the employer is that I’m teaching them how to do more with less time. That’s ultimately what it boils down to. Time is finite. We only have so much of it and we can’t make more. So much of my emphasis is what do we need to do to get fifty hours of work done in forty hours a week? There are ways to do that and that’s what I love to focus on.

Hey, I’ve helped your people last longer. I’ve saved you money because they’re healthier people and they’re executing at a higher level. That’s what I’m so thankful that I’ve had a great group of employers that got behind me in the beginning. The lower unemployment rates get, the more companies are saying, “Let’s get on board with this.”

Millennials really care about work life balance. There’s too many reasons that companies can and should get behind this.

Berta

You talk a lot about productivity, but really the efficiency of that productivity is key. I know we’ve talked about it before and we’re talking about the corporate level. They’ll bring you in and the ROI is very clear. I know you focus more on impact, but when they hire you they want to see that ROI. It becomes very evident. I know they always call you back. You get repeat trainings.

Somebody will be there and they’ll bring you in to do another team or another department. What I love – we’ve had this conversation before – is how it’s effecting the families of the people that get their life back. Tell me a little bit about that.

Samantha

I want to tell you a great story on that. I did a training not too long ago. One of my big takeaways for people. Every Friday you should make a plan for the next week. A female business owner and her company did this training. She sent me a picture a couple weeks later. It was a patio happy hour session that she and her husband do.

She came home and told him about the planning. He loved it and they now use it as sort of a bookend to their work-week. They sit down, they share a glass of wine or a pint of beer and they plan and they sort of get on the same page and reconcile their weeks and get ready for the next week as a couple. I loved it! It made me so happy when I heard that story. When I saw that picture, I was like, “That’s it!”

That’s encouraging because then I’m like, the ripple I just had.

Berta

I know that you’re very intentional with your husband as a couple and you plan. What do you guys do together and how you are turning that into something that you’re going to bring people and add value to their lives with your plans to work in that space as well.

Samantha

I joke often that my husband was one of the big factors in me starting this business because he’s one of the worst time managers ever. It really is great to see his progress as an individual who is now becoming more proactive and less reactive. In his defense, he does work as a fireman. It can be really difficult. I work a lot with people in a white-collar professional world.

He’s really taught me how I could also serve some of our people who are in a blue-collar environment and nontraditional Monday through Friday. He’s helped me to create value for people who aren’t just Monday through Friday work environment. Because of his job and my life we had times that we were like two ships in the night. It was really difficult to get on the same page.

Several years ago, I convinced him that we needed to go on a marriage retreat. He was like, “You’re crazy, I’m not doing this.” I said, hear me out, it’ll be fun. I tried to tell him we can have sessions where we understand each other’s planning styles, communication styles…

At the time, this was before I started my business. I was with an employer who was really supportive of professional development. I knew my Myers-Briggs, my Strength Finder, my DISC, my color. I knew it from my work team, my work husband. I wouldn’t have that level of cohesiveness and teamwork with my life partner. I thought that was absurd.

That’s why I had the idea to do this. Let’s essentially take these kinds of trainings and this approach to teamwork and apply it to our romantic relationship. I eventually convinced him to give me four hours that included brunch and a session at our local public library. That was where it started. He found such value in it – we had content sessions that included financials and calendar planning, vacations, big projects on the house…

We then continued to do that at least once a year, sometimes twice a year in a large capacity. Then we also have what we call planning sessions where we sit down with either a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and sort of sync up and recalibrate. That experience has been so helpful to help us walk in the same direction in life.

It’s a program that’s releasing this month from Origami Day called Planning with Your Partner. It’s not just to get you on the same page with your life partner. It also applies to work partnerships. Really it’s to help two different directions sync up and walk in the same direction and be on the same page.

We’ve come a long way from the public library.

Berta

And I just love that you’re so intentional about it and you make the time and, though all the years, you’ve been able to do that. The proof is in the pudding. The evidence is there. You’re both aligned, you’re both doing things individually, doing things together. I just love it.

That was one of the things that I was super excited about when we talked about you bringing this to help people understand the power of planning with your partner. So, Origami Day! I know you guys have heard it a few times during our conversation.

Start from where the name came from and what it is. Guys, I’m not going to give it away, but the most beautiful planners you have ever seen in your life. I’m a planner girl (old lady, whatever), is Samantha Lane’s Origami Day planners.

Samantha

So during my recovery, I searched for tools that helped me. I would go to Target every day on my lunch break and scour the aisles, look at everyone’s planner. I was on a mission to find the magic bullet that was going to give me work-life balance. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it. So I just tried different things.

One day I was very lucky where I actually had scratch pieces of paper. I was really trying to get all of the intensity out of my head and into something I could work with. That was essentially the first time I created what has now become the folding weekly planning sheet. That is a weekly time-management tool that’s designed to help you plan a whole week in advanced and you fold it down so you’re only looking at it one day at a time.

I have mine with it – it’s never too far from me. That was product number one. It revolutionized my world and changed my life. I sought a companion product for that in a monthly calendar. Lots of reasons why I’m a big believer in monthly planning. I could not find a calendar and a notebook in one.

I searched and searched and searched. My options were to custom-make one. Maybe there was a calendar that had two note pages for the year. I eventually just started making my own planner books because I needed it. It didn’t exist. I would take a book like a notebook and just write a fifteen-month calendar into it and just use that. I used that for a few years until finally the system was just so effective, I decided I needed to make it a business and start selling it to other people. T

hat, along with the philosophy, was really going to help people to join me on this mission to a better life. The reason I ultimately called it Origami Day is because that first piece of paper – the start of it all, the cornerstone – is a folding piece of paper. The Japanese word for “beautiful fold,” Origami. My family is Japanese. I grew up in a Japanese-American home.

I felt like it was too much of a godsend and a way to pay respects to my ancestors to call it Origami Day. That’s ultimately where it came from. I’m so lucky that I worked with someone who helped me create a beautiful logo. When I see the logo and the business name it still sparks joy in me.

Berta

I know you’re in retail stores and retail locations with the planner. This is something that you incorporate in your training as well. It’s just all under the same umbrella.

Samantha

So when I first started the business, I thought it was going to be all about the products. I thought it would be direct to consumer and through retailers. I thought that would be the business I’d run. Because the products are so intentionally different, I realized that they needed more of the me component. Over the course of the first year or so in the business, I became much more of a resource with the tools.

The products came first and I followed behind to help fill the gaps. Now, most of the products I’d say are actually sold from experiences that people have with the services. Coming to a workshop, coming with an employer, being at a presentation, hearing a keynote. Those kinds of things now tend to sell more products than the retail partners do. Just because people, I think, understand it more. Again, it is intentionally different.

I’ve had so many people give me feedback. Why don’t you do this? I listen to all customer feedback. Great things have happened with the products by listening to my customers. I’m in their evolution. I also make sure that sometimes people suggest something that would make it exactly the same planner that someone else is selling.

I try to stick with that it’s different on purpose. The color is the way it is, the closure is the way it is. Again, as a female I feel like (because I care about my appearance and I like having fashionable things in my world) it became already just a hole to dig out of when I was working with me. No offense – not all men.

But sometimes that became a burden. The last thing I thought I needed was a girly planner. I swear they’re all over the place. It was really important for me to make a planner that was empowering for women and also appealing to men. Men don’t have the same resources for time management as women do. Ultimately, the aesthetics of the products are really important to me. I want to empower women and appeal to men.

All of us together and going down this road.

Berta

It really is a beautiful system. Thank you for sharing that, especially the way that it started. I attended an event that Samantha did at a coffee shop – a packed house – beautiful venue. She shared the planner with those in the audience. She shared her story. People were eating it up! It was amazing. I love seeing the success that you’ve had with it. It came from a place of helping people regain control of their life and their time.

So, Samantha, what is on the calendar for the rest of 2020? I know you’ve had a great start – a bunch of trainings and speaking engagements, which is so exciting.

Samantha

Yeah, so every year I make a word of the year. I’ll share some past words that come to mind: simplicity was early on after the surgery. Kaizen – the Japanese word for continuous improvement. Faith – keeping the faith. That my word the year that I met you. Letting faith be a big part of my life.

My word for 2020 is growth. I believe that what is ahead for this year – what’s on the calendar – since starting this business… there’s ups and downs, as with any business or any one in life. We all life in this sort of, “some days are good, some days are bad.” Thankfully a lot of days in between are mundane.

I am very excited to see the support around my effort as a coach, as a speaker, as a consultant. I’m very thankful to see the support of the products. Just this year alone, our 2020 planner sales are now at the number of 2018 and 2019 combined. That’s huge!

I want to do more and give more. I’m serious when I say I want to help. I had a followup email today from a presentation. I wrote in that email, “I really want you to succeed. I want to help you. Let me know how I can help you!”

My goal for this year is to help more. Seeing different clients in different corners of the country providing more resources for people who aren’t physically near me. Expanding. Customers ask for an accountability program. I made it! It exists now. For a monthly, fee, people can have touchpoints to help them stay on track. Businesses requested more goal-planning, so I’ve established a workbook to help customers large goals and boil them down.

I’ve really worked on listening and making sure there’s depth to the business and there are services that give people what they’re asking for. My plan is just to reach more, to share the story, to share the mission and just help more people to shape their time for a real work-life balance.

That’s sort of the agenda for 2020.

Berta

Almost nothing, right!? I love it. One of the things I really love about you, Samantha, on top of that she’s really amazing. If you have a chance, you’ve got to go hiking with this girl. One of the things I really love is that you’re so impact-driven. Your bottom line is always impact. It’s not the money. Yeah, all that stuff is important, but you’re so impact driven that you go and you create.

Especially since you’re coming from such a place of expertise in your field. You know it so well. You’ve studied it so well and you are conveying the message so well with great results for your clients.

You’re able to curate whatever you need. Like you talked about the goal setting, the accountability. That’s just part of who you are as a person. You’re there to serve. You want to make sure that the results at the end – not because they’re going to call you back – but because of the ripple that you mentioned earlier. You want to make sure that that is sustainable.

I know that’s where your heart is. I think that is a big part of what sets you apart from anybody else who might be talking about something similar. I just love you for that, because I know that it’s being received. I know that the people that you work with: your clients from the consulting, the coaching, and the training – they’re receiving that. It shows in the responses that you’re getting.

Samantha

Thank you! That’s so encouraging. I think when you and I first met, I was in this place of realizing I was the last person to know myself. How other people knew me and saw me was a little bit disconnected from my assessment of myself. So it’s encouraging and you’ve helped me in that journey to understand that the time that my customer’s been with me is well spent. Even my worst day, I’m still delivering such quality to them. That’s so encouraging. I take it all. I’m a person of high faith. I believe that this is just what I’m here for. I think all the time that I’m the boots on the ground.

One of my favorite things that I heard at a church service once  that’s stuck with me as sort of a pre-presentation metaphor is this thought that “God’s words will be spoken through me, beyond me, and when needed in spite of me.”

I love that thought. I’ve had these conversations with my husband. It’s hard to grow something; especially something that’s counter-culture. I’ve had conversations with him about is this what I’m supposed to be doing? Am I doing it wrong? Should I reconsider this and maybe change it up?

He’s always like, no. It’s worth it. Everything that you’re doing is helping people. I just think at the end of the day if I die with zero dollars in the bank, hopefully I’ve at least helped some people live their lives better. To your point: I do care about the impact. I think there’s great value in that. Money is a man-made thing.

If people can take hold of their time, which is even more valuable than money – it’s more fleeting, you can always make more money, you can’t make more time. I think that impact is what matters to me. That’s ultimately what changes someone’s day from bad to good.

Berta

As a woman of faith myself, I think that a lot of times we’ll get the call and it’s just uncomfortable. Like, “No, I didn’t just hear that.” But you took the call and you ran with it. I think a lot of your drive – I know that it’s passion. It’s coming from a place of passion. It’s really just God-driven. It’s Christ-centered and  you’re good. You’re doing what you’re supposed to do.

I think every now and then, the stories that you’ve shared just on this podcast and a dozen others that we’ve shared when we’ve had conversations are those subtle little whispers of, “Hey, girl, you’re on the right track.”

Samantha

And I love seeing those happen. I need those. I think sometimes we all do. Life gets hard, so you need that encouragement that you’re going in the right direction. I love seeing them not just in things falling into place for production of the planners but customer feedback.

I got a message once that someone told me that they’d heard about the planners and they had a dream about the planner and they thought it was a sign they should get one. And I was like, someone besides me is dreaming about my planners.

It’s just so fun to see that kind of stuff happen. I think those are what I always call god-winks – that nudge that you’re in the right direction; keep it up; reach more people; help more people. That’s really one of my favorite things about doing this. And simply I’m more present in my life than I’ve ever been and so, you know, I feel that in this busy day and age, I’m growing what I hope to be a huge impactful company.

On top of managing lots of aspects of life – including some passion-based committees and side-hustles and things – I’m doing all of those while still being there for my family and my husband and myself. I always say that it works. I couldn’t go out and encourage people to go down this road if I didn’t see first-hand that it worked.

Berta

And you’re living proof of it, number one. I always say, you know, we can’t take our clients where we haven’t been ourselves. I think the beauty for us as coaches is that it forces us constantly out of our comfort zone. We have to be in alignment or we’re not going to be able to help the clients get the results that they deserve and that they come to us for.

Samantha

It’s possible that subconsciously I knew that if I started a company centered around work-life balance that I could never backslide. Perhaps that’s really what has happened here. I could never be late and I have to have work-life balance.

Berta

For the listeners, because you know I have my own definition of you, if we looked you up in the dictionary, what would it say?

Samantha

Wooo… I’m trying to think about the framework of a dictionary definition so that I can get this right. Is it words; is it sentences? I think it would say: “A woman of action. A woman of faith. An ambitious soul. An encourager. A low-touch, no-nonsense realist.” Probably something along those lines.

Berta

I know in your modesty you won’t say it, but I’m going to tell you she’s one of the giving-est people I’ve ever met in my life. I would add that to the definition but I love it and I can totally see everything that you said. So, Samantha… how do people find you? What are your call-letters, your tags? Whatever you young people call that stuff.

Samantha

I’m old-school. There is a phone number to reach me still. But most of the hip kids would want the website: http://origamiday.com. Then all the social, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Linkedin. All of those are “MyOrigamiDay.” Or you can find me at “The Samantha Lane.” Origamiday.com will show you all the rest.

Berta

And it’s a beautiful site chock-full of resources. Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Samantha

Oh my gosh, there are so many! That’s the hardest question so far. I’m so lucky that I’ve had so many mentors in my life. So many wise people. Maybe part of it too is that like, somewhere in life, I’ve learned the importance of listening. I know I don’t know everything.

Gosh… best piece of advice… you might stump me with this one. I can think of so many.

Berta

Okay! Let’s do you one better. What advice would you give 18-year-old Samantha?

Samantha

Oh… Yeah. Okay! So, again… “Listen, girl. Get yourself a glass of wine. We’re going to talk about some stuff.”

I think I’d actually loop her in to thirty-five year old Samantha’s core values. Like what became the core values of Origami Day. When I shared them with my husband, he said, “That’s pretty much you.” So the things that I would tell her to strive for or to keep in mind – the three nuggets – would be to always do what’s right.

I know that sounds so vague and cliché. I just think at the end of the day, our gut tells us what we need to know. We know what’s right and what’s not. I have found time and time again in my life – when I trust my gut and make a decision that maybe isn’t easy but I know is right – it always works out for the better. Always. It’s always the right choice. Do what’s right. Leave it better.

I think that’s in relationships, in environments. I never burn a bridge and I don’t believe anyone should. I am all about a wake of positivity. Whatever comes behind me should be better than what it was before me. That’s huge.

Then last is keep the faith. Who knows? We could all discover one day that it’s a load and there is not anything beyond this. I don’t believe that, but whether that’s believing in God or a different higher power or humanity or self or whatever… I just think there’s such value in keeping the faith in something and letting that hope – that belief – drive you.

I do think that even if it’s one day proven false… it still makes life a little easier.

Berta

So much fun. Listen, I know how valuable your time is and how busy you are even though you’ve got it all balanced. Everybody wants a piece of you.

Samantha

I like to say I live a full life.

Berta

I really am grateful because I know that time is finite, as you say. I know what a huge blessing you’ve always been to me and I know what a huge blessing you’re going to be to our listeners so, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I’m so honored that you came to play with us.

Samantha

Oh! I appreciate you. I love any chance to talk to you. I especially love any chance to share my passion slash get on the soap box.

Berta

See, guys, what I mean now? Go out there and be good, do great, and go play outside. It’s beautiful today! Have fun!

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