About Samantha Ball

Samantha Ball

If there are days when you feel you have to create your own sunshine, then you have come to the right place.

I’m Sam,

I believe that you can be driven and ambitious but in a fulfilling, soul nourishing way.

I believe that its ok to be corporate…and airy fairy.

I believe that it is ok to change and in fact I hope to encourage you to, by providing insights into what has inspired me.

I know for sure that you get out of life what you put in.

Today I feel in control of my life and where it is headed. I feel more connected & appreciative.

But I didn’t always feel that way.

 

I ll let you in on a secret of mine, “YANATIN2012”, what the heck is YANATIN2012?, well lovely, Yanatin2012 was my word in 2012, it was the word that motivated me to leave full time work and become a full time student. Why? because “You Are Not A Tree IN 2012” I am sure that you have seen the quote “If you don’t like where you are, change it. You’re not a tree” well I did and I am sure I had seen it before, but all of a sudden it resonated with me.

I have over fifteen years of diverse experience in retail buying and merchandise planning within the fashion industry, from “High End Luxury” Brands to one of the largest retailer of women’s fashion in Australia. I have Cert IV in Retail Management and in Business (Marketing). I loved what I did, until I didn’t…..over the fifteen years there were, when I look back, quite a few opportunities to change course that I just didn’t see at the time or want for that matter. But when I asked myself if what I was doing I wanted to be doing for the next thirty plus years, the answer was no……

I felt uninspired, I was going about my life on auto pilot on a good day, and against the tide on a bad.

So, what did I want to be when I grew up?

I recognized that the skills that I had developed over the course of my career, creativity, strong negotiation skills, assertive decision making and commercial awareness are critical to any role and I didn’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. So after a good while soul searching, realising how much of my identity was tied up in my work, I looked back at how I got to where I was and what I enjoyed in each of those roles and what I enjoyed doing in my personal life……what were my strengths, my weaknesses? I was naturally analytical but always sought creative outlets. So, what did I want to be when I grew up?

I was putting it out there to the universe and I guess it is true

“only in the darkness can you see the stars”

Martin Luther King, Jr

One night I was driving and chatting to my friend when in mid sentence, it happened, it was one of those ah ha! moments and I set about planning how I was going to do what I knew I needed to do.

I knew it was not going to be easy becoming a full time student, giving up full time work with a mortgage and all the trappings of life as I knew it. But I didn’t know just how rewarding it would be. Finding the courage to believe in yourself is so powerful and the support I received from family and friends was all the reassurance I needed.

I signed up for and have successfully completed Cert IV in Web Technologies, the course covered all aspects of web project life-cycle, specification development, web site building, basic programming and project management.

But that is not all.

I learned gratitude, and that everything is possible.

I began to come alive, laugh, feel energy bubbling up from inside. I began wanting to do things that supported me in feeling this way, exercise, meditation and surrounding myself with kindred spirits.

This blog is all about what has and what continues to motivate me. We often hear the phrase “to be the best version of you”, why? because YOU are awesome! Just as you are, but imagine how awesomer* you could be 🙂

My mission is to connect and inspire. To act as a conduit of information that inspires YOU.

I want to share with you everything, not in a TMI kind of way, but an, everything that is inspiring me in fashion, food, music, photograph….LIFE kind of way.

If you have ever found yourself looking up and around and saying; now how did I end up here? or know, that you had plotted and planned to get where you are but it doesn’t feel, smell, taste as sweet as you envisaged. I want to help you to know, that you are not alone, that we all have these moments and they are just that, moments in time. You, as awesome as you are, you are not a tree…..

Lastly; Just because I cant sing, doesn’t mean I wont sing

*totally made up word

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