Samantha Mackay on black and purple smoky background, Unconventional Life Coach

Hi, I'm Samantha Mackay, an Enneagram Life Coach.

I help people craft an unconventional life with the Enneagram.

It’s easy to feel like we don’t fit inside our own lives. 

No matter how conventional or unconventional our life looks on the surface, it’s not a life we consciously curated. It’s a life that was chosen for us. 

Chosen by:

  • The culture we grew up in,
  • The beliefs and wounds we hold from difficult childhood experiences, 
  • Shaped by our inner protection system (known as our ego or personality.) 

To create real change, we have to convince our inner protection system that it’s safe to come off autopilot. That we have the ability to fly the plane ourselves. 

Until we can do that, it will resist our efforts to change. Even when that change would transform our lives, and the lives of the people we love, for the better. 

Is this you?

  • You love your work but you’re not seeing the traction you expected
  • You’ve made progress in therapy or coaching, but there’s a block you can’t quite name.
  • You’ve spoken to a range of people about it, but nothing quite makes sense yet.
  • You long to express yourself, whether that’s through art, business or relationships, but things won’t flow.
  • You long to feel seen and known in your key relationships. 

Finding our place in the world and feeling at home inside our skin isn’t about fitting in. It’s giving ourselves permission to shed the masks we wear and release who we already are. 


About Samantha

It took me a while to find my groove in life. I longed to live a creative life, but it felt like a long series of doors slamming in my face.

I became a lawyer, got horribly depressed, anxious and chronically unwell. I changed careers to leadership development, asked for help and slowly started my healing journey.

Making art, painting and writing was a key part of that process. But no matter how much art I made, or how much I changed my life to incorporate creativity, I didn’t feel creative. 

Something was still out of alignment.

More by accident than by design, I became a life coach in 2013. I loved it, but my inner world resisted, so I turned back to the corporate world to try and find a home for my creative spirit.  

By chance (again!) I found myself on a Enneagram course for coaches in 2021. I instantly knew this was the piece of the puzzle I’d been searching for. A framework that describes universal and individual paths to healing and development at depth for adults. 

But it wasn’t just a toolkit I could apply with clients. It was working with master teachers and a community that helped me do the unconventional inner work I needed to do to feel confident in my inner world and my outer being. 

I completed my professional Enneagram certification in 2022, which I combine with my 15 year journey of recovering from burnout, chronic illness, chronic pain, an autoimmune condition and trauma (I’m still working on that last one.)

I love helping people heal and grow with the Enneagram. I never would have guessed that this is what a creative life feels like to me. 

Watch my series of interviews on creativity, healing and the Enneagram on Youtube.

Listen to podcasts I’ve appeared on Spotify.

Or find me on SubstackInstagram or Linkedin.

Get in touch to ask a question or book a time to chat.

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What is an unconventional life?

It’s a life where our a inner world isn’t ruled by our inner critic, our wounded heart or our contracted body.

It’s a life where we stop being at the mercy of the hungry ghost that whispers we are not enough.

It’s a life where we can receive the one thing we yearn for most, and truly experience the love, acceptance and belonging we crave. 

About the Unconventional Enneagram

The Enneagram describes the conventions or rules that define our inner world. 

Rules that defend us from pain but stop us from fulfilling our deepest desires and unmet needs. 

For love, acceptance and belonging. 

Until we see these conventions in action we are bound to follow them. 

The Enneagram’s pathways for growth helps us craft an unconventional inner life and finally sate the hungry ghost that lives within us. 

Note: Samantha applies the Chestnut Paes Enneagram Academy’s philosophy, theory and practical application of the Enneagram. And combines it with embodied coaching practices.