About Samantha Coffin

Hey there friend!

Samantha here! I am so happy you found us!  I am an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, wife, dog mom, kombucha and green smoothie lover. My husband and I co-managed rural lakefront rental cabins in Maine on a wildlife sanctuary for over 3 years and now are transitioning to life in Western North Carolina! I am deeply passionate about Health, Adventure and Happiness!

Let’s get a little bit deeper now!

I was raised by a single mom in Massachusetts, moving 18 times before I was 21. We relied on federal and state aid and were homeless for a while, yet my mom busted her butt to make sure we were healthy and safe! When I was in 5th grade, she remarried and we moved to Cape Cod. Throughout my childhood, one thing my mother was never able to help me with was constant GI discomfort. I’ll get in to that story later.

While in college, in 2009 I interned in the D.C. area and in 2010 studied abroad in South Africa. In 2011 I graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a B.A. in Women Studies and in 2013 I graduated with an M.A. in Gender and Women Studies and a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Minnesota State University. All of these experiences changed my life and shaped who I am today!

But…the biggest change came in 2015! My then fiancee and I left everything and moved to the north woods of Maine! Read more about our first years living rurally here!

Then, life happened again. It has a funny way of doing that. Although our years on Moosehead Lake were amazing, we were struggling to find life-work balance and needed to find our way to a more simple life. This is how we came to western North Carolina! Here we live a simple, wild + sustainable life through adventure, minimalism, whole foods + creating less waste!

These 3 photos remind me of those 3 key points of focus! I now pick wild blueberries and love learning how to forage for foods, I hike as much as possible, eat local veggies from local farms and explore this vast world we live in while making sure I feel balanced and happy every day!

Health

  • I eat a mostly clean always gluten free diet, with some Whole 30 influences! I have a FREE Food Freedom Support Group on Facebook for all those interested! It is a safe place to share your journey to Food Freedom either through a round of Whole 30 or just eating the way your body likes! We share recipes, tips, and our personal journeys!
  • We are working to cut ALL toxic chemicals out of our lives from food to cleaning products, body products and beyond by replacing them with clean products and essential oils. In this same space, we are working to reduce our waste by buying package free products or making our own whenever possible.
  • I pride us in eating local food as much as possible! Stay tuned for WNC local finds!

Adventure

  • I love hiking! I hiked 68 hikes in 2017!
  • Getting outside in every season is a huge priority for us both and is a big part of our lifestyle!
  • I love finding adventure wherever we travel! Often the adventure is the driver for a vacation.

Happiness

  • As soon as we found balance in our lives with Health and Adventure, we found more Happiness! Crazy how that works, huh?
  • My Marriage is so strong! We went from working totally opposite hours to working together! Our communication is on point and we learn new ways to balance and support each other every single day! I am excited to see what our new lifestyle in WNC brings us!
  • Family and Friends bring me so much happiness! But now we live SO FAR from most of them. Thankfully, most of them can visit or I can visit them and social media keeps us close! Also, many of them are amazing sports and let me take them on my crazy adventures!

That’s a quick who I am! Check out my blog and follow along on social media where I transparently share our journey, my meals, my experience with Invisalign and so much more! I am so happy to have you here!

Remember that time I went #AxeThrowing? 🤣 It was a workout, a confidence booster and honestly, oodles of fun! If you haven’t tried this out, do it for your next date night OR friends night out! I went the co-workers. Talk about #teambuilding?! Thanks @axevillethrowingclub for showing us a great time! 🎯 ...

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are you passionate about: 🍓eating healthy 💰 saving money 🗑 reducing food waste 🧜🏼‍♀️ living low waste if you answered yes to even just one, i want you to take a look at @misfitsmarket right now! this beautiful bounty was delivered to my door 🚪. it is all organic and non GMO. everything here may have otherwise become food waste because: ⚡️too many ⚡️too few ⚡️too small ⚡️too big ⚡️too misshaped ⚡️not yet ripe but, let me tell you first hand, they are ALWAYS DELICIOUS 🍎!! i eat a lot of veggies and fruit and buy what I can locally. now I am also able to help reduce food waste, save some dollah bills y’all and conveniently have it delivered right to me by the most enthusiastic @fedex driver I have ever met! (#fedex he deserve a bonus) 🚐. if you wanna learn more or grab a coupon code from me, I’m here!!! #misfitsmarket ...

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It’s been a wild couple months or really several months. My goal for a simple and balanced life has been knocked off course and I lost my focus. Life is hard. Life is real. But life is also forgiving and everyday is a new day. Thank you all for hanging in as I swayed all over the place. I have done a lot of cool things that Ill be sharing throwback style and I am back on the #Whole30 bandwagon for the foreseeable future. Focus, vision, happiness, I am on my way back to you! First up healthy fuel for my body! 🤤#roadtohappiness ...

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I’m not sure I have to right words to share with you how excited I am about this cookie!! Made with just three simple ingredients, this summer delight is easily my new favorite! RECIPE: zest 1 🍋, lime or orange (I did lime), juice the same fruit. Starting with roughly a TBSP zest, 2 TBSP of juice mix it with 1/4 cup REAL maple syrup and 1 cup almond flour. Put dough in plastic wrap or beeswax wrap (zerowaste) and freeze for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough into about TBSP size balls. They don’t spread much so they can be kind of close. You should get about 12 cookies. Using a fork dipped in water, press it gently into the cookie in two different directions, making the pattern seen in picture. Bake of 9-12 minutes. Watch them, don’t let cookie get brown. Then, this is a must. LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY. I left mine right on the pan. Then enjoy! Now you likely have these ingredients so, get up and make these refreshing summer cookies. They would be sooooo refreshing with some vanilla ice cream! 🍋#grainfreebaking ...

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I feel like I have been posting so much more about food since moving to Asheville. I also feel like my low/zero waste conversations have quieted down. However my friends, it’s still a priority of mine! Check out this @northashevilletailgatemarket zerowaste haul! Not only is the local food DIVINE, it’s package free. Not only was it package free, I got to meet the farmers. Not only did I meet the farmers, I was there will one of my best friends. Shop small and shop local. It positively impacts your world more than you can imagine. #thisisyourworld ...

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I’m happy to report, I have learned a new way to love southern heat. Cooling off with some Lemon Thyme 🍋vegan + gluten free zero waste ice cream is the way to go! 🍦 I’m also reminded of all the reasons we moved to Asheville. The mixture of ⛰ and city, sustainabity, culture, creativity and of course, allergen friendly! It’s not just about the beer here. People are here for adventure, food, fun and community. #ILoveAsheville ...

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