Meet The Makers

Smile Instead was created in 2011, by Kristen Sam. It started as the name of her graphic design company, but overtime she decided to use her full name and work as a freelancer, rather than manage an agency. With the name and domain freed up, she decided to venture into blogging and in 2017, she invited her very best friend, Megan Majeski to join her! It’s been a bit of a slow start, as both women freelance for a living and often find themselves living paycheck to paycheck… but never-the-less, the desire to teach health and happiness to others like them persists. 

In 2019, after a long year of heart ache, loss, and disappointment, Kristen decided it’s time to dive in. So, join the newsletter, follow along on social media, and prepare to live a happier, healthier, and fuller life with these passionate ladies!



Kristen Sam is a Florida-native whose been a freelance web designer since 2012. She studied at SPC and at SCAD for graphic, web, and overall visual communication. It’s what she loves to do and she’s found that when you love your work, and are able to put complete passion and devotion into it, you get an amazing end-result.

Since the age of 20, Kristen has battled with depression and anxiety and is on a life-long journey of self-discovery. She is always on the look out for motivation and inspiration and hopes that she can share her findings with you here, on Smile Instead.

Megan recently graduated with a Masters in Global Sustainability with a concentration in Food Security for the Patel College of the University of South Florida.  While earning her Masters degree she worked for the Pinellas County Health Department as a Nutrition Educator.  She also holds a B.A. in Nutrition form St. Mary’s University of Twickenham in London, where she lived and studied for three years.  Megan is passionate about health promotion through preventative efforts.  She has contributed to numerous publications for Smile Instead, sharing her personal experiences with anxiety, relationships, lifestyle changes, and staying positive through tough times.  Megan also holds an A.A. in Print Design, and is certified to teach through YogaKids.