We had the good fortune of connecting with Whitney Sam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Whitney, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I love this question. My work life balance has changed drastically from my 20’s into my 30’s. In my 20’s I was so focused on working and keeping my job that, I didn’t realize I was putting more into an organization rather than investing in myself and elevating my skillset. I had no boundaries when it came to work and I often felt overwhelmed and burned out. Once I got married and became a mom, my priorities shifted in life. I am a career woman, but the titles I hold such as Wife, Mom, sister, and friend are so much more important to me. When the pandemic hit in 2020, it was a wakeup call that I would no longer put a job or organization ahead of me or my family’s needs. I now have strict boundaries in place, such as: only working the hours required of me and no work emails or slacks chats on my mobile phone. I’ve also put in place a morning routine of devotion, prayer, journaling and self-development reading to ensure I start my day grounded. The way I view balance now is it a necessity and requirement in my life. I can’t pour into family, friends and clients without pouring into myself first.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
NavigatingHer Life Coaching is a coaching company that provides women of color clarity on their life or career purpose. We help women achieve their purpose with a plan, resources, and tools all while navigating life transitions. What set’s me apart is my goal, which is to help thousands of women of color find that missing piece in their life or career while seeking fulfillment and having the right mindset to pursue their purpose.
I am excited to help women of color win! As someone who has had five career transitions herself, I understand what it’s like to have to put your career or life dreams on hold, for a spouse or child, and many other life transitions we experience as women.
To say finding the career path of a Life Coach wasn’t easy. I went through five industries such as higher education, data and acquisitions, marketing, event planning and project management before I found my way to Coaching. The reason I am where I am today is because I decided to take a leap of faith and bet on myself. When I sat down and journaled about my purpose in life and career, it was simple…Life Coaching was the answer. Once I started school and did my first peer coaching session, I knew this was the path for me
One important lesson I learned, was to NEVER settle in life; especially when a job or organization tries to limit your growth. I stayed in several jobs that no longer served me because I believed my loyalty to them was worth more than the loyalty to myself. What I want the world to know about myself and my brand is we just want to help the next woman win. I want to reach back and pull other women forward who have lost hope in their life or career dreams, I want to restore that hope and let them know that you can have your dream life and your dream career.
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.
That’s a great question! Being new to the island of Oahu, there a few touristy things I would recommend. First is to go to the Dole Plantation, the Dole Whip ice cream is amazing along with the history of how the plantation was started is intriguing. Also, visit Leonard’s Bakery known for their Portuguese’s donuts known as Malasada. For good food and drinks, I would recommend going to North Shore, there are so many bars, restaurants and food trucks worth visiting too many to mention. My favorite breakfast spot is a Hawaiian restaurant called Cinnamons. Hawaii is known for beautiful views and beaches of course, so I would recommend Hiking Diamond Head Trail or the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens, as far beaches, I would visit the Ala Moana Beach in Waikiki. Lastly, I would end with L & L Barbeque because it is so good!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I would like to shoutout God. As a person rooted in faith, I am thankful to God for the vision to help thousands of women of color succeed in their journey to finding their life or career purpose. It’s a big task but I am up to it. Next, I want to shout out the love of my life, my husband Wesley. He is the most appreciative, honest, and supportive, partner that I could ask for, I love you babe. Next, I want to shoutout my little man Tre. He is the reason why I decided that I needed a major life shift which led me to creating a life that allowed me to be a mother and a career woman, mommy loves you. Next up would be my parents Mitchell and Theola, I wouldn’t be here without them and I am grateful to them for instilling in me that anything is possible. Next, my sisters Erin & Ryan, they are always supportive and have my back. Lastly, my squad (JeVaye, Shavonne, Farryn, Kelly, Mahrionna). I love my inner circle, some of the most dynamic women I know who are killing it in their own lives as career women and mothers they continue to push and motivate me to do better.
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