Samantha Ettus: Stop feeling guilty for work, it’s good for you

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Samantha Ettus, is a Los Angeles mom of three and author of The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe For Success and Satisfactionin which she advocates for women to be whole, dynamic women — not just moms OR professions — including family, romance, hobbies, a spiritual life, friendship, community. I love her message, because, like me, she calls women to ask more of themselves, because she believes they can achieve it. Basically, Sam is me, but 30 pounds lighter, with one more kid, and a handsome husband. The best part about her is that her witty, positive voice in this book and on this episode makes you love her for all of it. “When you honor all the parts of yourself, they make you a better mother, not less,” Samantha told me.

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Here, Sam shares the importance of all women working, how to get your kids' father more involved in the day-to-day care of the children, and recalibrate your priorities to get the most out of your time and energy.

Learn more about this episode here.



This is a special episode from the Working Moms Mean Business series, brought to you in partnership with BBVA Compass. I am so proud to be part of this project that explores the triumphs and challenges of professional moms (after all, 70 percent of moms with children under age 18 work!).

Explore the 10 special Working Moms Mean Business podcast episodes here.

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Read or download the free (mega) book written by me: Free from Guilt: Why Moms Have it, and How to Conquer It, which is all about why so many of us struggle with being working moms, even though most of us need to work to live, and science says kids, families, marriage, society and moms thrive when we work. 




Also in this series:

Are breadwinner moms good for families?

Can moms close the gender gap in STEM fields?

About Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour,, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post's ‘Must Read” list.Emma regularly comments on issues of modern families, gender equality, divorce, sex and motherhood for outlets like CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Doctors. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and a “Most Eligible New Yorker” by New York Observer.A popular speaker, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality. Read more about Emma here.

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