My name is Samantha Janney and I am a working mom who lives life on the run here in New England. Born abroad in England, my family traveled extensively when I was young, a bug I caught when I got old enough to begin exploring the world on my own. We lived in England and France before settling back in the USA in New York City.
When I was nine years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and we relocated to Northern Virginia to be closer to family. It was here that she and my father were able to pursue a mutual passion (while she battled against her disease) – radio. It was a joy for both of them and a distraction from the terrible fight she was waging. Two years later, she succumbed to the disease. Their dream of running a radio station continued on though and for the next fifteen years, my father (with help from many talented people) would make a small am station the voice of Loudoun County.
In our short time together and as I have grown up, my parents instilled a great sense of purpose and value in me that I have taken forward into everything I do. I do not sweat the small stuff and I am able to keep things in perspective (for the most part). Losing a loved one at an early age had a profound impact upon me and it is probably one of the main reasons why I am Sam on the Run. I want to make the most of every moment I have because you just never know what the future has in store for you.
As Abraham Lincoln says, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Whether it is work related (I travel for business all over the world with Cultural Care Au Pair), child related (two active school aged children with plenty of passion and after school interests), au pair related (host mom to our 11th au pair), husband related (married for 12 years), sister to three crazy wonderful brothers, or friend related there isn’t a moment that I don’t find myself running around trying to do it all. Some weeks are more successful than others (sorry friends and family if you have been on the receiving end of a bad week) but I believe in the 80%-20% rule! Get it right more times than not.
I also believe that 80% of our lives are full of the good stuff, but it’s the 20% of life’s challenges that make someone interesting. As the conflict resolution artist at work, at home and with friends I embrace the challenges we all face and come up with practical solutions to resolve them in order to live life more fully.
Join me on the journey of self discovery, problem solving and attempts to get it right more often than not!