We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samantha, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In my 20s and 30s, I worked so diligently and hard to create my career on television. Nothing got in the way. I met my husband but still held-off starting a family for a few years after we married. Balance didn’t exist. My jobs demanded my time 24/7 all year long. I didn’t understand the importance of balancing self-care, time for family and career until our first daughter came along. Even then, work demands stole my ability to control my schedule. Workouts always found a spot in my day, as not only a need for staying fit but for my mental health. Yet, it wasn’t until cancer that I truly understood the essential need for balance. I stopped down for a year of three surgeries and recoveries. Coming out of my breast cancer journey in 2014, I learned that the toxins that pervaded my life — what I ate, how I exercised, what tools I had (or didn’t have) to mitigate stress, and who I surrounded myself with — all lead to disease or keep it at bay. I changed what I thought gave me a healthy life to finally living my healthiest healthy life possible. That led me to a career change as well. I wrote the Amazon bestseller, YOUR HEALTHIEST HEALTHY, went back to school to become a Certified Health Coach, and launched my membership-based wellness community, YOUR HEALTHIEST HEALTHY: COMMUNITY. That’s when, by working from home and taking on-air jobs only when I wanted to and it worked for my life, I found balance. Alignment is truly the best work for it, as sometimes our lives are “out of balance” yet still in alignment with our values and goals. That’s the life I am now living!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I went through cancer, so you don’t have to. We CAN live our best, most vibrant lives possible, but sometimes we just need a little help! I empower women to elevate their wellness and take even better control over their health in ways they may not know they need to or should, or don’t realize they have the power to do with success.

Cancer is a beast, but most of us should never get it. Yet, I did. Actually, one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, however only 5-10% of breast cancers are genetic. Mine was not. So what gives? Well, it’s the epigenetics of it all. I had no clue that “epigenetics” existed or even what that meant. Then the journalist in me, as is my training, began to research why so many of us ladies are being diagnosed (and beyond cancer, also with type II diabetes and heart disease). It’s truly what we put in, on and around our bodies that effects our overall well-being and turns on (or keeps off) certain genes. We have so much more power than we realize. As consumers. As health advocates.

After the success of my first book, YOUR HEALTHIEST HEALTHY, I began to take women on transformational wellness retreats and lead online group webinars to offer the tools to take better control of their overall health, nutrition, movement, and more. After working with private clients for about two years, I wanted to reach more women and ensure that money didn’t keep all women from having access, since private coaching can be cost-prohibitive for many.

In January 2021, I launched YOUR HEALTHIEST HEALTHY: COMMUNITY – an accessibly priced subscription-based wellness group. Each week I host many live, interactive online sessions – live group coaching, a live workout, a chat with a guest expert and then a Zoom breathwork and mini-meditation. We also do group monthly wellness challenges and more. It’s been incredibly rewarding and the feedback from members propels me to continue building it.

I can’t wait to meet more new members each month as I continue to get to know our current ones!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am all about the outdoors, healthy eats and movement. First stop, a workout at the Santa Monica Stairs with lunch at A Votre Santa in Brentwood, followed by shopping at the Brentwood Country Mart (being sure to check out all the toxin-free goodies at the Goop store) — then a quick drive over for more shopping around Montana Avenue. An essential stop there would be to Detox Market for clean, toxin-free beauty.

Next day, it’s all about hiking! The Upper Canyonback Trail from the Mulholland side in the Valley — ideally hitting a 2-hour roundtrip. Then eat lunch in Encino at Coral Tree Cafe. Dinner at Gio Cucina in Encino.

Day 3, we would head back to Santa Monica for a nice long walk from California Ave at PCH north into Malibu, then perhaps double back south to Venice. Ending our long walk with our feet in the sand for lunch at Back on the Beach. After that, we could grab our beach towels and head to listen to the crashing waves.

Day 4, another hike — this time somewhere in Malibu. Lunch on the pier at Malibu Farms then sitting in the sand near there or head to the rental lounge chairs at Paradise Cove Beach.

You may be sensing a theme that I like the ocean!! Dinner could be at one of many fave sushi spots, but a dinner at Mastro’s Ocean Club also would need to be on the agenda for the week.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom, my big sister and my husband deserve a HUGE shout-out. They all believed in me and my journey. They encouraged me or challenged me when I needed it most.

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