Faces of Friday: Sam Campbell
The purpose of Faces of Friday:
Faces of Friday is a series I have started to provide readers with insight into the lives of inspiring everyday people. Life can take you to unexpected places and these amazing folks are willing to share with you where their lives have taken them. Not everyone in life knew exactly what he or she wanted to do or who he or she wanted to be. They had to learn from trial and error along the way and now they are willing to share with you what they have learned.
I believe that one of the most important things in this life is the connection we share with one another. Identifying with another human being is an amazing gift, it can inspire you to learn, grow, create, and opens your eyes to what more the world has to offer. We are not alone in this crazy thing called life. Life is a beautiful thing filled with beautiful people, and some people don’t get the opportunity to share their story. I want to help others get the opportunity to share their story and I want to give you the opportunity to hear it, learn from it, and maybe, just maybe identify with it. I believe whole-heartedly that you all were meant for incredible things, so I hope you enjoy reading stories of others, and I hope it gives you comfort knowing that you are not alone. We are all learning to navigate life’s murky waters, why not learn from each other along the way??
Sam Campbell is one of my very best friends, he is someone that has dramatically changed my life for the better. There are a few people in this world that change your life drastically and irrevocably, Sam has been one of those people for me. He is so genuine and kind, but will give me brutal honesty when I need it (and I will do the same for him.) I met Sam when we worked together in Minneapolis about five-ish years ago. We would walk the streets on our lunch breaks contemplating the meaning of life in one moment and discussing the in and outs of dating the next. Within five years we have been through a lot of life changes; Me traveling Europe, Sam traveling Europe, Sam going from single to married, and me going from single to engaged. (Sam will actually be officiating our wedding!) We don't keep in touch as much as we should, but when we speak it's as if no time has passed! He has inspired me to be a better person, he has helped me to let go of judgements and enjoy all aspects of life, and always give people the benefit of the doubt.
Where are you from?
Where do you live currently?
Did you pursue higher education? What did you study?
I went to school to be a teacher, then thought I’d be a journalist and eventually settled on public relations.
What do you do for a living? Is this always what you had planned to be doing?
I work in digital marketing at 3M and HELL NO! I never thought I’d work in corporate. When I came back from living in England for six months my grandma told me to get a steady job at a big company like 3M and invest in a 401k. I quickly relayed said message to my aunt and vented about how she doesn’t understand me and my millennial ways – one month later I had my first contract at 3M. Turned out it actually was a pretty cool place – I just had to get over myself.
What are your hobbies?
I love to read, write (haven’t done enough lately), practice violin (I picked it up last year – I’m horrible, but it’s wonderful), and snowboarding when I get the chance.
What are you the most passionate about?
I’m most passionate about my family and making a difference in the world. To be frank, I will continue to see myself as a failure until I make that second part happen.
What/who inspires you and why?
My parents. My mom died from cancer when I was 18 and the grace and strength she took that fight on with was something that changed my life and will forever sit in the back of my mind as something to aspire to. My dad, who held our family together, is my rock. I go to him for anything and feel incredibly blessed now as adult to call him one of my best friends.
What is your personal mantra?
I have a tattoo that means “Live each season as it comes” that I decided to get while spending three months in France. It was an important transitional time in my life – I was 22 living with a 65 year old couple in France that accidently signed up to this exchange program because they thought because of my major in “Communications” that I was fluent in French. It was isolating and incredibly challenging – but end of the day, I was in southern France, eating like a king and exactly where I needed to be – sometimes I need to be reminded about that.
Has life taken unexpected turns? And if so what were they?
During that three month stint in France, I went traveling and went down to Nice for a long weekend. Afterward, I was supposed to go to Spain for what I can’t even remember, but I missed the midnight bus. So I took a cab back into Nice and found the nearest hostel. There was no room so I waited in the lobby and after twenty minutes a young man came down and said they were throwing out a gentleman for masturbating in front of his roommates. I went upstairs and there were two English young women there. One seemed to be quite chatty and the next day we went as a group to a remote beach outside of Nice. Two years later, we got married.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
“To go fast, you must go slow.” As a young person, I think you always want to go fast – professionally and personally – but if you do, you’ll miss the best things.
If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
I read on a bumper sticker recently, “Adults are just young people wondering what the hell happened.” It’s taken me far too long to realize I, nor my generation, are that special and that every adult I meet has gone through very similar struggles AND they are fountains of information ready to be tapped.
If you have any questions for Sam or myself leave a comment below! Or if you just want to give some feedback I always appreciate the dialog!