Letting Go and Letting In

I’m writing this a little over one week after our son was born.


(!!!!)

That’s right—he came three weeks early. (You can read more details here!)

When I found out he was truly on his way, I got a little stressed. I wasn’t done with all my client projects, I was thisclose to releasing Explore again but hadn’t nailed down the final details, and I hadn’t finished a really fun project I had planned to release right before I left on maternity leave.

But as labor truly began and then when he arrived, the stress dropped. Other things (bigger, crazy-wonderful things) filled that space instead.


So for these past eight days, I’ve been letting go of…


…what I thought I would have done before he arrived.

…the amount of sleep I thought I needed to be a functioning human being.

…unrealistic expectations about what I can get done in a day while still spending plenty of time snuggling our new baby.

…my newsletter subscriptions (I’ll add things back in as I slowly have more space, but for now, I’m clearing the decks).
 

That’s a lot to let go of, but truly, it feels amazing—especially because I know that in letting go, I’m letting in in so much more.

So I want to ask you this today:


Is there something you could let go of right now—an expectation, a project you no longer feel excited about, a belief—that would ultimately let in more for you?


If so, take it. And enjoy what comes your way!


P.S. I’m planning to take at least 12 weeks of maternity leave, and I think I’ll realistically be back in action sometime around the beginning of July.

I may write to you again or I may not. I’m not going to place any expectations on myself right now. I will be checking my email in case there are true emergencies, but otherwise I will be waiting until I return to answer emails.

 I’ll miss being in this space with you, and I’m excited to come back when the time is right. Thank you for all your love and support both here and on Instagram!


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Three exciting things

Today, I have three fun things to share with you.


First, I was a guest on the Being Boss podcast!

(If you’re new here and came on board because you heard the podcast, welcome! I’m so happy to have you here. I’ll resume regular posts next week.)

I’ve known Kathleen and Emily for a few years now (which is crazy to think about), and it was super fun to chat with both of them about intentional writing, content flow, brainstorming ideas, clarity walks, and so much more! I know many of you have already listened (thanks so much for reaching out), but I wanted to make sure you all knew about it. You can listen right here if you’re interested!

Also, I went to their Boss vacation in NOLA last fall, and it was such a great experience. They’re going to Miami this spring, and while I can’t be there (it’s at the end of April), I would go if I could! So if any of you are thinking about going and want to hear more about my experience, hit me up. I’d be happy to share!


Second, I’ve created a worksheet library for you!

In the past, I've made and shared some free worksheets with you, and I really like doing it. So I thought I'd collect them all in one place to make things easier. If you want access to the library, you can sign up below this post! (And you can read more about it here.)

I’ll email as I add new things to the library, and feel free to reach if you have any ideas for worksheets you’d love to see.


And third, I’m opening registration for Explore again in the next couple of weeks!

I loved this experience the first time around, and I’m making a few tweaks before I release it again. Email me if you have any questions before (or after) it goes live!


I’ll be back next week with a regular post—the beginning of February has just been a doozy over here. All is good with Meredith and the baby, but a lot has been going on and we’ve been spending lots more time dealing with personal things than normal. Everything is going to work out just fine, but I’ve been softening a bit when it comes to writing so I can make room for other things.

I hope all has been going well for you and that your February has gotten off to a wonderful start!

With much love,
Erica


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My Word for 2016

Last week I briefly mentioned that, as in years past, I’ve chosen a word to guide me through 2016.


(If you missed that post, you can read it here.) Today, I wanted to share that word with you—partly because I like sharing what I’m up to, and partly because I hope it will inspire you (to choose your own word, to think more deeply about a word you’ve already chosen, or to just spend a few moments thinking about what you want). So here we go!
 

My word for 2016? Connection.


That will look like:

  • Connection with myself (physically, through things like yoga and workouts and the food I eat; emotionally, through things like Brené Brown’s books and my daily Explore writing practice

  • Connection with my far-away family (through more calls, emails, texts, and hopefully visits!)

  • Connection with my growing family (through a nice, long maternity leave since our baby is arriving in April!!)

  • Connection with the world around me (through putting down my phone more often, finding ways to give back, and just generally opening my eyes, showing up, and paying attention more)

  • Helping you connect more with yourself (through things like Explore—which I'll be offering again soon!—and some other ideas I have up my sleeve) so you can, in turn, connect more with your dream clients and customers


I’ve also chosen four words that will support me as I make connection happen in 2016.


They are:

  • Space. I want to make space in my life and in my day-to-day for the kinds of connection I mentioned above, and for abundance in many different areas.

  • Presence. I want to be more present in all that I do, no matter what it is. It’s way too easy to just go through the motions, but I don’t want that.

  • Commitment. I want to commit to the things that are important to me (like connection) and learn to let go of the things that just aren’t that important.

  • Joy. I want to find more joy. I have an incredible life in so many ways, but while I tend to be optimistic in many tough situations, when it comes to day-to-day life I tend to be hard on myself and often lack joy around the little things (or around areas where I feel a lot of fear). I want to go through life feeling joyous, not afraid or disconnected.
     

Choosing a word for the year isn’t always easy.


But I’ve definitely found that I get better at it as each year passes—better at being realistic about what word will work, better at listening to my intuition when it tells me what I need, and better at getting honest with myself about what it will take to make that word work. So if you dive into this practice and have a hard time, give yourself permission to do it a little differently—choose a word for the year and then check in after a month to see if it still fits, or choose a word for this quarter and then be open to choosing a different one for the next quarter, or even choose a couple of words for different parts of your life.


The point of all this is that you’re getting intentional about where you are now and where you want to be—which can be a pretty powerful thing no matter how you do it!


(If you want help creating a word for yourself, check out this post by Susannah Conway.)


P.S. Last week, I shared that I’m super interested in Jess Lively's Life With Intention Online work. I haven’t taken the class, though I want to, but I have attended her free live training twice—and she’s offering it again right now! There's one today at 1pm Central and the other is next Wednesday (January 19) at 11am Central (if today doesn't work for you on short notice).

Her free trainings are amazing, and Jess has such good energy—I highly recommend these! I'm not an affiliate or anything; just wanted to share since so many of you seemed to be interested.