Hi, I’m Samantha Nolan-Smith. Welcome to my digital home for people like you; smart, soulful, creative, compassionate.
It’s a space for people who want to build their business differently; in alignment.
An aligned business is one that’s connected to your passion and purpose.
It’s informed as much by intuition as it is by logic and reason.
It’s in flow. It relies on the path of receptivity and allowing, as much as it does on action and creation.
It invites the whole of you to show up – not just the ‘professional’ or ‘appropriate’ bits.
It’s focused on building something meaningful that makes you great money, while keeping you connected – to yourself, your tribe, your family and the world around you.
More about me…
I’m a business alignment coach and mentor. Sometimes I call myself ‘The Reluctant Entrepreneur’.
I was reluctant for a few reasons…
Firstly I was carrying around a pretty negative view of small business. In the world I grew up in, small business was what you did if you missed out on a good education and couldn’t get a job in a large company.
Being a ‘good girl’ I went after the best education I could get and landed a great job at a big 5 law firm straight out of university.
Sadly, my romance with big business lasted all of about 10 minutes. Despite the expensive bubbles, amazing harbour views and great salary, the lefty idealist in me was pretty disillusioned to find herself working for environmental polluters, insurance companies and multinational banks.
I stuck at it for a few years – basically because I couldn’t think of what else to do with myself – until I realised that the whole situation was untenable and went running into the arms of the public service.
There I had the great privilege of working with Aboriginal people, advocating on their behalf within government. I got to protect cultural heritage, hand back land, create economic opportunities and generally do amazing work. I loved every minute of it, was humbled and awe inspired by most of it and after 10 years, exhausted by it.
That’s when I learned something hugely important about living and working in alignment. It doesn’t matter how much you love your job. If you’re pushing too hard, not listening to your body and ignoring your intuition, you’re going to crash and burn.
That’s what happened to me. I ended up with chronic fatigue that lasted 4 years. I spent most of that time lying on my back staring at white walls and resisting the idea that I might have to completely change the way I related to the world.
Eventually I learned to stop. To be still and quiet. To be guided by different values. To find those values deep within the core of me.
I learned to live without all the push. The anxiety. The stress.
I learned that working in alignment is about more than passion and purpose. It’s about rhythm and connection and self care.
It’s about embracing the feminine within. The one that knows how to receive and allow and embrace what is.
As it became apparent that I was too sick to work a normal job any more, I realised I was going to have to dive right into the belly of the thing I’d judged and despised for so long; business and the world of commerce.
Facing the inevitable, I got clear on the type of environment I wanted to create as a business owner.
I definitely didn’t want to work every hour of the day for not much money (as I’d seen so many small business owners do). I didn’t want to ‘sell’ and I hated the thought of being sleazy. I also didn’t want to lose my soul operating the way I’d seen so many do in the big end of town.
There were lots of other things… I didn’t want to go into an office, wear uncomfortable clothes, sit under artificial lighting or breathe any more ‘conditioned’ air. I wanted to work from my laptop, barefoot, in natural lighting, breathing fresh air and burning essential oils. I wanted much more flexibility in my day than I’d ever had as an employee, and I wanted to hold meetings on the grass or in cafes, as the mood took me.
I also wanted to run a business that was meaningful. As meaningful as my work with Aboriginal people had been. I wasn’t interested in creating a business simply because I’d identified a gap in the market. I wanted to change people’s lives and the world for good.
Seven years later and everything I dreamt of has come to pass.
I’ve built a business that’s aligned with deepest truths and highest self. I’m deeply fulfilled by my work and rather than being exhausted at the end of the day, I feel refreshed, grateful for my life and inspired by what’s to come.
That’s what I want for you.
Building an aligned business isn’t an overnight thing. It takes time. It takes commitment. It takes a willingness to think and act differently. It takes courage.
What it creates is something that reverberates positively not only through your own life but through the lives of everyone you meet. It changes the world in ways seen and unseen for our generation and for generations to come.
My mission is to support you to work differently – in alignment – and in so doing, to change the face of business forever. Want to join me?
LLB/BA from the University of NSW (with a lovely semester at the University of British Columbia thrown in the mix), BA (Hons) from Monash University, GDLP from the College of Law, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, qualified Compassion Key and Journey Practitioner.
Samantha Nolan-Smith helps women do business differently. A business business alignment coach and leadership mentor, she’s the founder of Change the Game – a weekly podcast for female entrepreneurs that has featured guests such as musician Ben Lee, New York Times bestselling author Chris Guillebeau and money mindset mentor Denise Duffield-Thomas. Her podcast covers subjects ranging from how to run a successful online business; personal development for entrepreneurs; feminism, spirituality and business; and the inner blocks to success that entrepreneurs encounter when builsing a business.
In her online programs she shares her expertise in:
- finding your voice and message and building a business around that
- freeing up your time so you can earn more and work less
- wealth generation for women and
- learning to slow down, eliminate overwhelm and reconnect with the joy in your business and life.
Samantha is available for interviews and speaking engagements on the following topics:
- Business alignment – what it is and how it can change your working life forever
- Changing the game – working women redefining the way they live and work
- Feminine power in business and life
- Building your business from the inside out – personal development for entrepreneurs
- Creating sustainable success – well-being and self care for business women.
To contact Samantha please use the contact form below.
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For any questions you might have, the best way to contact me is via the form below. Alternatively, I’m over at the Change the Game Tribe everyday and would love to meet with you there.