Sammie Artiaga

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am Sammie Artiaga and I am a retail clothing store owner.

What is one habit of yours that helps you be productive?

Using my time wisely as I run my store and also chase my 1.5 year old daughter around daily.

What is your morning routine and how does it help you get the most out of your day?

I usually get up and hour to two hours before my daughter wakes up to sit and enjoy my morning coffee and quietness of the morning. Then she wakes up, we have breakfast and play with toys, then I get ready for work as she plays. It helps us because it’s just something that works for us. Not everything is going to work the same for other people.

In the last few years, what lifestyle, habit or behavior change has had the biggest positive impact on your life?

Becoming a mom. I took on new responsibilities and became more busy than I ever had been before. But, it’s a good busy.

When you feel unfocused, what do you do?

I try to give myself a “timeout” to sit down and reevaluate the things I need to get done. It helps me stay on task better.

What is one piece of software or a web service that you get immense value out of? How do you use it?

Quickbooks. It keeps tabs on all my business and personal expenses along with income and helps me budget better for myself and business.

What is the one book you recommend most often and why?

The Bible! It has ALL the answers!

What advice would you give a smart and ambitious recent college graduate? What advice should they ignore?

Don’t rush into ANYTHING, job related. Travel!! And have fun!!! Ignore all the people telling you that you have to be serious all the time.

What is your favorite quote, one you aim to live by?

Be strong and courageous. Deuteronomy 31:6