Sense of a woman. A bit about me.


I want to say how overwhelmed and honored I am to have been nominated for four blogger recognition awards!


Thank you very much, Susie, Malini, Karen, and Emma!

I mentioned a few months ago when I first started on WordPress in August that I always second guess my writing (and you may have gathered from some of my posts that I’m a bit of a perfectionist) so this is truly exciting for me.

I’ve combined the request for information with some other questions people have asked into one post.

Why I started blogging

I started the Art of Being Fabulous in late 2015 and on WordPress in August 2016. I did it to combat what I’m going to call the “Kardashian Effect.” Making money and looking flawless at any cost seems to be what matters most these days. Social media shows it. I wanted to show another side of what I believe success to be, and I know many other do as well. Self-respect, health, confidence and intelligence are invaluable, and cannot be replaced by dollars. That being said, I clearly do put effort into taking care of myself but that’s part of health, confidence and the respect I have for myself.

So, if I can help at least one person improve confidence, and/or lead a healthier life mentally and physically, then it’s more than worth it to me.

Advice to new bloggers

Write about your passion and what you know. If you try to be anything else but authentic, it shows. Being you is the best thing possible, and everything will fall into place (this holds true for everything in life I think). I was never sure people were ever going to read my blog. I did it because I wanted to write my words down, not for a following.

What you love, someone else out there will love too. You don’t have to be the best writer; passion goes a long way in what people want to read and see.

Guest on other blogs if you’re not sure how to get started and want to get your feet wet first.

Some of the blogs I love

Some other facts others have asked


Why I started cooking

I love eating at restaurants, and I love other people’s cooking. I’ve always cooked but could eat anywhere, so I didn’t take it as seriously until I developed food allergies. They all came after high school.

I found out I had a gluten-intolerance first. One test showed I was celiac and another test came up inconclusive. However, I get ill when I eat gluten over a period of time, very sick, so I don’t chance it too often unless I’m getting retested.

Next came seafood, fish, and shellfish. My mother and sister are also allergic, so I’m not surprised. But I’m the only one allergic to tuna. Who’s allergic to tuna? Apparently not many people!

Then I found out I was lactose intolerant last year. Enough said.

So, with all of these challenges, I had to learn how to make everything because I needed to be more careful. And I had to learn a lot about nutrition and how it affects the body, which is why I wanted to get certified.


What I do: I founded The Hemera Group three years ago to provide e-learning programs and training strategies to hospitals and companies that are small to mid-sized (less than 1,000 employees). I focus primarily on relationship building skills for healthcare professionals and employee engagement and strategic planning for managers.

My favourites

Favorite food: I have four that are probably tied. Dhal, chicken wings, chicken curry, and spaghetti

Favorite workout: Ballet because it’s an all over workout. Deadlifts are next.

Favorite movie: Princess Bride. I will watch that one million times

Favorite music: I hesitate to name anyone because my favorite musicians died! I love older music. Prince, David Bowie (what a horrible year last year was), Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson. Still making music: Jay-Z, (in a really quiet whisper) Kanye, The Weeknd and I LOVE Bruno Mars.

Favorite shows: Murder She Wrote (best show ever!), South Park, Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, American Dad

What I like to do for fun: I love being around my family and friends, but also love my alone time. I love baseball and popcorn! Stay tuned for information about my baseball podcast with my best friend coming up in April. I’m extremely sarcastic so I love joking around and I will challenge anyone to do the robot; I don’t care how bad I look doing it. I will also bust out random choreography to any song that comes on. Unfortunately, I will sing anything – and I have a HORRIBLE voice (there aren’t enough caps to make this stand out enough) so it kind of sucks to be anyone that knows me!

Have a great day!

I tried a play on the daily word prompt “scent” in my title!

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  1. It’s really cool and inspiring to see how you’ve grown this blog in such a relatively short period of time! I just started a couple months ago myself, and am in the process of creating more content on topics I know a lot about and love. Your advice is solid.

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  2. Hi Samantha! First off I would like to say congrats on your success with your blog, you really to compose great pieces that I truly look forward to reading. So with that said, I would like to thank you for having the courage to keep going and continue sharing with us all =) You seem to have a lot of great followers that appreciate your work which is no surprise! Secondly, I would like to say a HUGE Thank you for including my blog in your above list! That means so much to me lol I really couldn’t believe my eyes I had to take like a triple look and say =O is that really my blog she enjoys!! So thank you so much! I enjoyed reading this and can’t wait to read more from you =) Take care

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    • Thank you so much! Your comment really made me smile! I had to read it twice. These are reasons that keep me going with it when I get too tired to write. I’m really glad you enjoy reading my blog. I love yours. Maybe it’s because you remind me a little of me … and now that I know you like prosecco too, even better 🙂 I’m glad we got to connect here. I look forward to reading more from you too. Have a wonderful evening!

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    • Thanks so much Lisa! I truly appreciate your support for the blog, here, on FB and IG. It means a lot to me that you have stuck through all of it. And that you find me hilarious – that makes me day :). I hope you have a wonderful day


  3. Sam this is awesome! I know I know you but it is always hilarious to read your shout outs to Murder She Wrote and your robot skills (and yes you’re good…or you used to be :)) Your writing makes me smile and you give amazing advice.

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  4. This is awesome! It’s great to know more about you and your background. You’re setting the path of strong, confident, real women to follow.
    I have much respect for you and all you do. I actually look up to you in a way of how I want to also grow and build on what I’m doing myself.
    I’m very happy to have met a strong woman like you.

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    • Thank you very much Karen. That means a lot to me. I find your writing style and your topics inspirational and well thought out. I am very happy to have met a strong woman like you too. I am really grateful to have come to WordPress or it would have been a lot harder to find each other! And thank you again for the nomination 🙂

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  5. And I cannot say enough how happy I am for you to be recognized for your amazing blogging skills. Can’t wait to celebrate this over wine and Prosecco! Congrats dear! So well deserved!

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  6. You are an amazing woman and I’m so glad I got to meet you through social media and I know we both know we share many values and favorites but the baseball one is not one of them haha. I find it to be the most boring sport ! I hope I don’t get attacked by anyone with this comment. As for the singers love who you have listed but favorite of all time is Michael Jackson! No one will ever replace him, not even Bruno Mars who I also love!

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    • Thank you so much Rudina. That means a lot to me for you to say that. I am so glad we met through social media too! I don’t think anyone will attack you for your baseball comment! As much as I love it, it can get very boring. Going to a game is more fun…but I still need wine 🙂 hahaha. No one will replace Michael it’s true. He was so amazing. And I agree…not even Bruno!

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