#LikeAMother Samantha Ettus’s antidote for when you feel like failure (woman, I’m looking at you!)


I’ve known Samantha Ettus for three or four years now — long before people had a reason to take my calls or do me favors. And she always took my calls, and supported me with advice and social media shout-outs and brainstorming when I needed it. So, of course, I always loved her.

But, that is all very authentic and honest, and has built a wildly successful speaking and writing career, which includes regular network TV appearances, a New York Times bestseller and The Pie Life: The Recipe for Professional and Personal Success, out September.

In this episode of Like a Mother with Emma Johnson, Samantha shares her formula for reaching your potential, squashing the negative self-talk that keeps you up at night, and expecting the very most out of life while embracing the fact that life is inherently hard and very, very messy. She laughs at my assessment of her Instagram feed, which a lesser person may dismiss her as too-perfect. After all, Samantha is a drop-dead gorgeous blonde with three adorable pumpkin kids, a handsome successful entrepreneur husband and fabulousness in every images of their Los Angeles life. But like the rest of us, she’s gone through, it too, and Samantha generously shares the details of her own trials, which include a divorce, a broken engagement and a childhood coach who turned out to be a pedophile.

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Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, 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, Oprah.com, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, USA Today and others.

The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin, 2017), was a #1 bestseller and was featured in hundreds of media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, Oprah.com and the New York Post, which named it to its ‘Must Read” list.

Her popular blog Wealthysinglemommy.com, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “Most Eligible New Yorkers” by New York Observer.

A popular speaker on gender equality, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality.

Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her children.

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