Hi, I’m Sam! 👋🏻 I’m a digital media expert and positive psychology coach based in Portland, OR. 🌿
As a queer teenager who once lacked a safe space to talk about mental health, I know firsthand what it’s like to struggle in isolation. That’s why I grew up to be the adult that I needed in the world.
In 2014, I launched Let’s Queer Things Up!, a blog exploring mental health and wellness in our community. And almost immediately, thousands of emails and millions of readers started pouring in from around the world.
Inspired by the determination and grit of our community, I took a leap of faith and made LGBTQ+ wellness my full-time job.
I now work as a digital content creator and positive psychology practitioner — and I haven’t looked back since. I help queer and trans people (and their allies!) build resiliency skills through coaching, consuting, and online publishing. 🏳️🌈
In addition to my work in publishing, I am a breathwork teacher at FREQUENCY, and am pursuing my practitioner’s certificate at the School of Positive Transformation, sharpening my skills as an educator and peer support coach.
And it’s the coolest job in the world.
I’m all about reclaiming wellness for the rest of us.
Driven to make an even greater impact, I went on to co-found Queer Resilience Collective. QRC is a wellness educational initiative that offers coaching, webinars, and digital resources for queer and transgender people to lead more joyful, meaningful lives.
My passion for mental health also led to my current role as Lead Editor of Mental Health and Chronic Conditions at Healthline.com, the largest health information publisher worldwide. 📚
In my work there, I’ve crafted progressive, inclusive resources to strengthen the mental health of vulnerable communities. Most recently, I collaborated and crafted content for our new Mental Health Hub.
As a peer support coach and practitioner — specializing in ADHD/executive function and trauma response coaching — I take enormous pride in the work that I do in my community. I’m passionate about supporting those who feel “stuck” in survival mode, or anyone who’s wondering if life has more to offer.
Spoiler alert: It does. 💡
I’m here to help you tap into your own creativity and self-efficacy to build a life worth living.
You deserve to do more than just “cope.” You deserve to thrive. ☀️