Intentional pause and flow

Last week, I shared the core of the work I’m doing right now.

What I didn’t share is that I love learning, thinking, and talking about a lot of other things as well—things that support us as people who own businesses.

For a long time, I struggled to figure out where those things fit into the work I do. I still don’t have it all sorted out.

What I do know is that every time I share these kinds of things, great conversations are sparked. So I’m going to keep sharing them and trust that they’ll have meaning for both of us. I’m always open to your feedback about what I share!

In that spirit, here are two things I’ve created recently.

I recently spoke with Amanda Dennelly about embracing the intentional pause on the One Simple Shift podcast.

Here’s what I’m noticing. It’s easy these days, in our world of ever-present connection, to live in constant motion. To embrace the intentional pause is to be mindful about:

  • Setting aside intentional time for quiet

  • Regularly checking in and making meaningful decisions rather than living by default

  • Inviting space into the ordinary moments of our days.

Amanda and I talked about ways to do each of those things.

You can listen in on all the podcast places, or directly right here!

I also created a free guide you can use to embrace the intentional pause, which you can find right here (but I highly recommend listening to the episode as well, to get the most out of it).

And then I wrote an essay for LumenKind about the idea of flow.

LumenKind is a really cool company that creates Mindful Marks, wearable reminders of your intentions. They’ve begun sharing all kinds of resources that more deeply explore the ideas behind each of their marks, and asked me to share my thoughts on flow this month.

I talk about thinking of flow like the current in a river, and then share a practical way you can create a map for navigating the river of your own life.

You can read my LumenKind essay right here.

They’ve also created an incredible resource page for bringing flow into your life, including a special breathwork from Amy Kuretsky. (If you’ve never tried breathwork, I can’t recommend it enough, especially with Amy.)

If you check out one or both of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

And if there are other topics you’d like to hear from me about, please share. I absolutely love thinking about and discussing all sorts of things, so I’d love to talk about what’s on your mind. Hit reply any time. I’m here!

With lots of love,

As always,

Erica

Returning to this space

Hello. (That’s a good way to start after such a long absence, isn’t it?)

I know the advice—don’t make a big deal about having been gone.

But…my having been gone is a big deal. So I’m going to talk about it.

The last year of my life has been incredibly hard. My marriage ended. It’s not something I want to talk about publicly for many reasons, but the fact that it happened is a big part of my story, so I’m sharing that with you.

As I’m sure you know, all incredibly hard things come with a huge amount of work, including the practical (moving, etc.) as well as the emotional (growth and healing and so on).

All of these things take time, energy, and attention. So do toddlers. And client work. So I focused in on those things, and gave myself full permission to pull back from sharing here.

During that time, I did a lot of thinking about my work here with you. Life looks different now than I thought it would, which means some of the things I was working toward or focusing on have shifted.

So I want to update you on what I do, and how you can hire me. Not every email from me will be about how to hire me, but it felt odd to jump in without sharing where I am right now. So here we go!

I’ve done some deep thinking about why I do what I do. There are lots of answers. One big one?

I want to help us use our knowledge and ideas.

Let me break that down a little.

When I say knowledge and ideas, I’m talking about two different kinds.

First, the knowledge and ideas we have that can help others. This is what our businesses are built on. And these things don’t do anyone (including us) any good if they’re stuck in our heads.

And second, knowledge and ideas we take in. Things we read, listen to, learn. These also don’t do any good if they’re stuck in our heads.

So to get a little more specific:

I want to help us get knowledge and ideas out of our heads and into our lives and work, where they can make a real difference.

Ok, that sounds good. But how do we do those things?

Well, I plan to talk lots more about this, so stay tuned if you’re interested!

But I also offer two ways to work with me one-on-one if you need help getting your knowledge and ideas out there through your work.


Core Message Coaching

There are patterns and connections inherent among your ideas that can be difficult for you to identify on your own.

Why? Because you’re too close to them.

Many times, finding the clarity you crave requires outside perspective. And that’s what Core Message Coaching is all about.

The idea is simple: You share all the thoughts and ideas that are on your mind when it comes to things like:

  • Why you do the work you do

  • Who you do it for

  • What you want to share

  • How you help people

  • The impact you want to make

  • How you want to show up

  • Really, whatever is on your mind!

I listen, I ask clarifying questions, and then I organize all that you’ve shared with me into a meaningful, custom document you can come to again and again as you move forward with incredible newfound clarity about the work you do in the world—or about a specific project!

(And very soon, I’ll be introducing some ways we can work together after CMC is over, on an ongoing basis, to make sure that beautiful feeling of clarity and possibility stays with you.)

The ideas are already inside of you. Let’s bring them into the light.

Interested?
You can read even more about Core Message Coaching.
And you can sign up to have a 45-minute, no-pressure discovery call with me.


Content Collaboration

Putting your knowledge and ideas into the world can take many forms—emails, social media, books, classes, podcasts, workshops, speaking engagements, videos, websites, and more.

And as is true for almost anything in this world, some parts of putting your knowledge and ideas out there feel easy…and some parts don’t.

Content Collaboration allows you to do the parts that feel fun, as well as the ones that feel important for you to do, while we find ways that I can help you with the rest.

Here are some examples:

  • Maybe you’re great at brainstorming and coming up with big ideas, and you love writing. But the part in the middle—coming up with a concrete plan and outline that will guide you as you write—feels really hard.

  • Maybe you want to share a really big idea, and you’ve taken scores of notes, but you can’t quite see a way in—your thoughts and ideas keep getting jumbled, and you fear this thing will never make its way out of your head.

  • Maybe you’ve written something, or are working on writing something, and you feel stuck. Is it long enough? Too long? Are you getting the point across? (And how exactly does one use a semicolon anyway?)

  • Maybe you’re looking back over the years of content you’ve shared on your blog and in your newsletter and you know there’s a book or class in there. But…where is it? How do you make those connections and bring it all together?

Whether one of those is true or you’re facing something else altogether, I hear you. And I can help.

More specifically, I can help with brainstorming, planning, outlining, pulling together existing materials, writing, editing…and more.

We’ll each bring our talents to the table to get your big ideas out there!

Interested?
You can find a detailed list of the kinds of things I can help with, along with the types of projects I’ve worked on in the past (to get your wheels turning), right here.
And you can sign up to have a 45-minute, no-pressure discovery call with me to discuss your project (and semicolons if you wish).

That’s all for today, but I’ll be back soon.

And now I would dearly love to hear from you. What have you been up to? What would you like to hear about from me? How can I support you? You can reach out here any time.

Until next time,
With love as always,
Erica


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Letters for Renewal

Do you ever go through phases where you just don’t have a lot of words? Or maybe, more accurately, you have them, but they’re not ready to be put down and shared?

I’ve been there lately…for the most part. But when I was asked to be part of a beautiful project, I knew immediately that the words would flow. And I was right.

So I’m thrilled and deeply honored to announce that my writing will be a part of Letters for Renewal: 30 Days of Courage, Conviction, and Hopefulness, a project by Danielle LaPorte and her wonderful team.


Here's more about Letters for Renewal, from Danielle and her team:

Maybe you’ve been hearing this echo in your circle of friends: “I’m SO done—with all of it.” But also this: “But I’m in! Not giving up! So much I want to create, to change, to put my love on...”

This place between being maxed out and passionately not wanting to give up is where RENEWAL needs to happen. We can stop here to let go of ways that aren’t working, repair some damaged sails, fuel up on inspiration, and head back out with a fortified sense of purpose.

If you need a Soul reset, you’re invited to LETTERS FOR RENEWAL: 30 Days of Courage, Conviction, and Hopefulness, with Danielle LaPorte. Sign up, and throughout September you’ll receive 30 morsels of wisdom, poetry, and beauty to realign inner drive with outer doing. Danielle has rallied a whole crew of her wise and witty friends to send you the good stuff. It all starts September 1, and…it’s FREE.

If you’re interested, you can sign up between now and August 31. Again, I’m both excited and grateful to have been included!

And I'm looking forward to reading each letter that comes my way.

Renewal? Yes, please.


Thank you for being here. I’ll be back when the words return!

With much love,
As always,
Erica


P.S. I wanted to let you know that I have openings for 1:1 projects beginning October 1, so if you’ve been wanting to work with me, please reach out. I’d love to talk with you about how I can help! If you want to know how you can work with me, check out these options:


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