Are you ready to release the voice of self-doubt, fear and never-enoughness - and cultivate the confidence to be who you are?
Are you ready to quiet the noise - and the voice that tells you all the ways you're not enough?
Are you ready to shed the weight of all the shoulds - and step into a life that is truly your own?
Are you ready to let go of the pushing + proving + pretending - and give yourself permission to make space for what matters most?
And I’ve got you.
The Rise Free Academy is a hybrid coaching / online learning community for women who are ready to step into their light - in a powerful, unapologetic way.
No more defaulting to believing that we’re not enough. That something’s wrong with us. Or that we’re not worthy of our dreams.
We are fiercely capable. And with time, tools, skill set, support and a willingness to do hard things — we set ourselves free to SOAR.
I’ve woven together my experience as an Olympic Gold Medalist, educator, high-performance coach - and recovering perfectionist to create the Rise Free Academy.
During our time together, you'll cultivate the courage, resilience and confidence to LIVE your dreams while honoring your health - mind, body, soul. You’ll gain awareness and insights - and learn how to dance the delicate dance of leaning in + letting go necessary for living a life in harmony. I’ll teach you how to unearth and edit the beliefs that are holding you back. And, you’ll gain clarity on where you want to go + why - and ‘graduate’ with stronger coping skills to help you RISE FREE.
In other words, I'm going to help you learn how to get shit done and live your dreams - without sacrificing what's most sacred. And, in the process you’ll learn how to open up space for inner peace - and a deeper, lasting joy.
Let's do this.
Life's going to throw us curveballs.
And, while we can't control all the challenges we face -
We can control how we respond.
Four years ago, all the rules of my world came crashing down when I witnessed my then 12-mo old daughter's heart stop beating. She's kicking butt now. Her heart healed - miraculously, they said.
That moment - those weeks that turned into months of uncertainty - changed me.
What I realized is that despite all the achieving - even the title of Olympic Gold Medalist - I wasn't fully ALIVE.
I had been living underneath perfectionist armor - armor so thick it took nearly losing my daughter to shatter it.
And, I'm here now. No longer sending a representative out to live my life. No longer hiding the parts of me that felt broken. No longer living under the weight of all the shoulds.
I'm awake now. And I realize more than ever that this is it.
This is our one life.
We may never know why Mia's heart failed. We may never know why her heart healed.
And it was this reality - and staring death in the face - that forced me to reckon with and rewrite a belief that had buried me for years.
Because, there was no trying harder here. There was no trying harder that would have protect me - or my daughter - from the pain of that experience.
I realized just how much time I wasted worrying about what others would think.
How much time I spent listening to the toxic talk inside my mind.
How many moments I missed because I was suffocating underneath all the shoulds.
All for what?
When our worthiness is hinged to the thoughts, opinions and expectations of others, we end up depleted, resentful and feeling like nothing will ever be enough - like we are not enough.
We can spend our days stuck in our minds - sending a representative out to live our lives - just trying harder - to prove that we've got it all together.
We can spend our time and energy beating ourselves up for all the ways we're not enough. Second guessing. Judging. And focusing on all the ways we're falling short.
What I know now:
We can choose a new way of living.
For the first time in my life,
I feel free to be who i am.
And know that I AM ENOUGH.
No more hiding the parts of me that felt broken. No more worrying about what others will think. No longer feeling like a fraud. No longer hyper-focused on all the ways I'm not enough
In less than a year of expanding my business, I've achieved all of my goals - and some that weren't even on my list.
Because, for the first time I am totally + completely free to be me.
It's not easy. Neither is living a life devoid of inner peace + lasting joy.
You can do this kind of hard.
I've got you. And, it's time.
To rewrite the rules of your world.
To stand confidently + unapologetically in your feet.
To come home. To you.
It's time to Rise Free.
And, I can help.
Let's do this.
And. I get it. Investing in YOU may bring up a whole host of emotion. And all the what ifs...
That's normal. I've got you.
Here's the thing - you can spend your whole life trapped underneath fear. Stuck. Believing that you don't have what it takes. Wondering, what if I fail? What if my best isn't enough?
Always wondering what could have been.
you can take the leap of faith and invest in yourself.
Like these beautiful souls:
“I signed up for the Rise Free Academy after becoming acquainted with Samantha through her Facebook presence. I had been on a path of self-discovery for a while, and in her postings I read the words of a kindred spirit. The thoughtful, systematic approach that Samantha takes you through in the Academy provides real tools for overcoming perfectionism by accepting the whole of who I am: mind, body and spirit. It pulls together, in a very holistic way, how my beliefs impacted my actions, and gave me truly workable skills to use in my daily life.
During our group sessions, Samantha’s ability to be vulnerable allowed me to be vulnerable also. I felt like I was talking things through with an old friend; a friend who had been there and has empathy. Because she is open with her humanity, and with her use of the ideas shared in her Rise Free Academy, I could be, too. I use aspects of the exercises daily. They have allowed me to live a more authentic life, unafraid of who I am, with the knowledge that I am worthy, without conditions.”
"Samantha is so naturally talented at bringing out the best in people. She’s a listener. She’s intuitive. She has a gift for truly understanding and for knowing just when and how much to guide, nudge, question and cheerlead. And she really, really cares.
With Samantha’s encouragement, wisdom and passion, in two short months, I made dramatic changes in my life/work balance; and for the first time in many, many years I embarked on a project (other than the fabulousness of being a mom) that lights me up. I realized the power, and necessity, of purpose."
"Since I was a young girl, I have always wanted to connect others to tools and resources that improve lives. I’m eager to support people in their time of struggle to see another way. And, to do it with compassion. BUT, when comes to seeing myself as worthy of the same tools, support, and compassion…? UH. I was holding myself to a different, must harsher standard. Still do from time to time (see that work in progress bit?).
Sam encouraged me to see myself with compassion, to call out the inner critic and say “no, thank you.” She helped me break away from the labels I’d stickered all over myself… lazy, un-athletic, non-committal. Working with Sam, I have pushed through these invisible barriers and, at 40, I’m in the best shape of my life. Better yet, I’m pulling off more labels every day and well on my way to achieving my dream of supporting others on this wacky journey!"
"In my opinion, Sam is more than just a coach, she is a force. She has the ability to inspire people at their lowest points. Sam guided me through obstacles that I couldn't break down on my own. By thoughtfully listening and patiently speaking with me, I was able to find clarity and peace in my mind and body. She has shown me a path to walk down that I never thought existed. The support, guidance and authenticity of Sam are what I'm truly thankful for and would encourage others to embrace."