The Tool That Changed My Life

livebigSometimes a small step at the right time or a piece of information just when you are ready for it can make the biggest difference.

Not so long ago I was in a failing marriage, stressed out workaholic, rushed mother and sick.  I knew this was not how I was intended to live.

I made a decision to learn how to live differently.  I knew I was intended to live joyously and abundantly.

The tool that started it all was Picking a Word.

I remember clearly my first word nine years ago was PEACE.

I adapted this tool by finding ways for it to help me make decisions and navigate new thought patterns.

I use my word to navigate my thought patterns to focus on what I want not what I don’t want.

For example, if I am invited out to dinner but don’t really want to go.  I ask myself if this dinner will bring me more PEACE (insert your word).  If the answer is no, I don’t go.

If I have responsibilities that are not optional, I use my word.

I am going to do the laundry PEACEFULLY because I am so grateful to have a washer and dryer.

I am going to pay my bills peacefully.  I will prepare dinner with peace in my heart because I am so grateful to have food.

My annual word really becomes my compass. 

It is tangible and simple yet profound in changing thoughts and behaviors.

If it is hard for you to say NO, use your word.  When you focus on what you want it becomes easier to not do things out of guilt or habit.

If you have no clue what you really want, keep asking yourself the question.  You can try a few words till you find the one that works.

Many people choose HAPPY or JOY or PEACE…all wonderful guides but you must take the time to think about how these words feel and look like in your life otherwise what you think you want can be eluding.

Make the time this year to move in the direction of what you really want. 

Put the work in.  It takes effort to form new habits.  It takes courage to go after what you really want.

You will never regret putting forth effort and practicing courage.

Starting with a word can be the beginning of a whole new life!

My marriage is solid, my family is connected, my lavender farm inspires me, my books and workshops are hopefully helping women and I know what I want!

I would love to know your word for 2019.  Email me OR  share it on Facebook.   

With gratitude, Erin

Is 2019 the year for you?  Would you like to learn more tools to move in the direction of what you really want?  Join me for two online sessions: January 12 and 19 from 8:30-10:30.  Sign Up HERE.

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Your Apollo Moment



I recently crossed paths with a man who was a Cuban immigrant.  He came to the US when he was a baby. After several years he was moving to Ohio with his mom, dad and three brothers when he had a moment.  They were in the air. The pilot gets on the speaker and tells his passengers to look out the window.  He was sitting next to his Dad, which made everything more special when you have three brothers vying for attention.

When he looked out the window he saw the Apollo in the air right next to him!  He told me in that moment he knew that EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE.

A small child with his family fleeing for a better life now knew of all the possibilities.

His story gave me chills, goose bumps and tears…and prompted me to start thinking about possibility moments.

We may never experience such a dramatic, historical moment but we are offered moments of possibilities all of the time. The challenge is to be aware of them, to allow ourselves to feel them in our souls, to be brave enough to let them ignite our spirits and to be powerful enough to move us to action.

Think about all of your moments of possibility.

They might be:

Declaring a dream even if you are scared

Leaving an unhealthy relationship knowing you deserve better even if you don’t know how or where it could happen

Admiring people who rise up from adversity and use it to their advantage

Loving again after a terrible loss

Being vulnerable to give and receive love in the powerful ways

Working hard even when you are discouraged and exhausted

Expecting the best and giving the benefit of the doubt

Making an investment in yourself

Taking action for what you really want

Shining bright so you can help others do the same

I know, they don’t sound quite as extraordinary as seeing the Apollo take off…but going beyond our perceived limits and into the realm of the unknown possibilities is at your fingertips everyday.

Look for, remember and believe in your Apollo moment.

You are destined for greatness.  Clear the way for possibility.

Godspeed, Erin

I know we are intended to live joyously and abundantly…knowing everything is possible is the first step whether it be on the moon or anywhere.  Let’s take off together.

Not sure where to begin?  You want 2019 to be a year of unlimited possibilities?  Join me online or at my lavender farm in Kentucky.  I will share tools, stories and inspiration so we can move beyond fear and into the possibilities of our dreams.  ONLINE register here.   AT THE FARM register here.

It’s Never Too Late

We often hear and may even say that ‘time flies’…on my Facebook memory today popped up my Be Amazing book launch party.  No joke I thought it would say five or six years ago but it was actually only three years ago.  To think of the speeches, the people, the places, the stories of these past three years makes me think of a lifetime.  Since then I have written another book and two workbooks, started a lavender farm, a product line and so much more.  This makes me even more excited to think about the next three years. 

Where do you want to be in three years or even this time next year?
We can do so much in such a small amount of time.
On Saturday I was doing a speech in Northern Indiana.  As I walked around the room during small group time, a woman waved me over to talk with her.  She told me with tears in her eyes that she got her GED at 65 years old and then went to college!  Impressive, tenacious.  Showing us it is never too late.  While also considering the notion not to wait.
So, get going on your dreams and remember it is never too late!
With joy and abundance, Erin
I really want to share the things that have worked for me with you.
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It was a few more years ago that I was a worn out workaholic, stressed out mom and checked out wife...thank goodness I started developing tools because now I get to live dreams I didn't even know I had.


Sometimes it is scary to think about our lives in bigger more fun ways.

It might be hard to get out of a rut.

The next step may allude you.

A feeling of cluelessness about your purpose may be roadblock.

Maybe you have gotten so busy, so stressed and in complete survival mode you don’t even know what you like anymore.

Don’t let yourself wake up this time next year doing and feeling the same.

Let 2019 be the year for fun, growth, abundance, joy and possibilities.

Let’s move beyond these things together with lots of fun and inspiration.

Get 2019 off to the right start!

Join me on my farm for a game changer day.

Save your spot, space is limited: REGISTER HERE! 

We are intended to live joyously and abundantly.

With love, Erin



It’s Meant for You, Too.


After the first workshop at my farm ended a participant and I were chatting.  She was talking about wanting to start her business, take better care of her body and get brave enough to get over being hurt when she let herself be vulnerable.  Tears welled up in her eyes while talking about how she has become afraid which leads to self sabotaging behavior.

I felt her pain.  I have been there.  You have probably been there, too.

We are in this together.

Everyone is afraid.


Everyone can choose to muster the strength to believe they are worthy of their dreams.

Together we can be strong enough to declare our greatest dreams, open our hearts for companionship and valiantly embrace our greatness.

We get to choose courage.

I told her I understood.  I shared how I was petrified to write my first book, scared to start the farm and even nervous to host the first workshop that day.

She paused with a sad look on her face and said, “Yeah, but it seems it was meant for you.”

When you have a dream, a nudge, a longing or an idea they become meant for you, too.

The people you see shining bright, living a life you could only imagine, they have a plethora of failures, fears and lonely moments of self doubt.  The only difference is they took action.

One action after another.  Nose to the grind stone.

The Courage Equation:

Fear + Action = Confidence

Life’s greatest outcomes are meant for YOU.

Get to it.

We can fail together, we can be scared together, we can doubt ourselves together and we can rise above together.  We are meant for joy and abundance.

Get out of your own way.

Take a step toward what you really want.

Digging Deep, Erin

Mark Your Calendars: JANUARY 5, 2019!

Fearless in 2019 at Big Roots Farm, Hawesville, KY.

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What kind of world are you creating?

lovefearlesslyTen years ago, in a diversity class in my master’s program, a professor shared this quote by Paulo Freire, “Create a world in which it is easier to love.”

I typed it up and put it in my home office.  I looked at it for years.  It helped me through boring conference calls, challenging assignments and writing my first book.

Fast forward several years and my oldest son’s girlfriend had a friend over.  This friend ended up being that professor’s daughter.  I showed her the quote in my office that was inspired by her dad’s class.

This past Saturday, we were hosting the first wedding at our farm. My daughter in law and the professor’s daughter were in the wedding party.

So ten years later, on my farm under the stars, the professor and I chatted.  I told him of the impression he made on me with the quote.

I shared how this quote has helped me keep my ego in check, my heart full of compassion and to continually clarify my purpose, all of our purposes, to CREATE A WORLD IN WHICH IT IS EASIER TO LOVE.

You may never know the impact your words and actions have on others.  Sometimes we might get lucky and have full circle moments. Most of the time we probably won’t have the chance to circle back or to share so when you get the chance to thank someone, encourage someone, share a story, pat a back or love a bit more do it.

Remember to keep asking yourself: What kind of world are you creating?

Going for it, Erin

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This summer we opened our lavender farm to visitors. I have had the chance to meet so many incredible people. I have heard their fascinating, inspiring and sad stories. I have been given the gift of making connections with others and with nature that use to only be a dream.

One quiet morning a group of herb lovers came to visit.  One of the ladies in the group started talking with me.  She mentioned how her husband won’t remember the butterflies because he has Alzheimer’s.  Then she told me that she didn’t want to dump her problems on me but that she had stage four lung cancer.  I asked her about her prognosis and we talked about some of the new treatments.

She said that she is glad to be out of bed and that her doctor told her, “Go Enjoy Your Days.”

Nothing else could be done. No more treatments.

The prescription: ENJOY YOUR DAYS.

So here she was showing me photos of her recent pressed flower project, reminiscing of all of the projects she used to do and sporting her beautiful linen shirt with lavender embroidery and even wearing a pin hold a piece of lavender.

She was enjoying her day.

She was enjoying her day with her husband even though she knew he wouldn’t remember.

She put her make up on, pressed her linen shirt, fastened her pin and came to a lavender farm.

I was humbled and inspired to meet her on my farm, doing what she loved and with whom she loved with a hopeful resolve and quiet sadness that it all may be over soon.

The fact is we are all dying. Everyone dies.

The real question is: Are we enjoying our days?

We don’t have to wait for a diagnosis to focus enjoying our days.

Here are some ways I enjoy my days:

Savor the first sip of coffee in the morning.

Listen to the birds.

Watch the clouds float by.

Play with my dogs.


Take pictures.


Sit in the sauna.

Brainstorm ideas.

Give gifts.

Hold my husband’s hand in the car.

Talk with my kids.

Snuggle my grandbabies.

Write things down in my Goodness Jar.

Walk the labyrinth.

Sit on my porch and watch the sun go down.

Cross things off my to do list with a highlighter.

Check up on friends.

Walk through my house with gratitude.

Cut flowers.

And on and on…

By thinking about what we enjoy and expressing gratitude for these things we will have more enjoyment.

Make a list and keep adding to it.

Enjoy your days, friend.

Hugs, Erin

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Be Like Bob Ross


It was the eve of a new month.  My sixteen-year old daughter and I were talking about our goals for the upcoming month.  I started sharing some new rituals I was going to introduce into my routine.  She was talking about her goals and the ideas she was generating to make them happen.  Then I said I want to be abundant and not obsessive about the things I want to do and try.

I asked her how she wanted to be in the upcoming month.

She paused and thought for a second and said, “I want to be like Bob Ross.”

I asked her how does being like Bob Ross look and feel.  She said let’s watch him.  So we watched one of his painting shows. We LOVED watching him. Our puppy, Honey, loved him too!  We were mesmerized, we smiled and laughed and even felt inspired!


If you haven’t watched him or don’t know who he is go to Youtube and pull one up; you wont be sorry.

Here are a few of our takeaways from Bob Ross:

Happy Accidents 

Letting go of mistakes or unplanned events and reframing life’s curve balls as ‘happy accidents’ can make things better!  Making mistakes means you are trying, you are doing hard things, you are out of your comfort zone, you are trying. Don’t beat yourself up. It is just a happy accident.

Visual. Then off you go.

Visualizing is an awesome tool when working toward something whether it is a big dream, a small goal, an interaction or an experience.  Visual then set yourself free!  Lighten up.  Keep it simple.

Talk to the colors.

My personal favorite is he talks to the colors like they are his friends. He says, “I will be right back”, when he goes to use a different color.  It might sound over the top but for me it was a feeling of consideration, respect and reassurance.  We should do this for everything in our lives, even colors!

His cool afro, calming voice and easy going painting tips have much to offer.

Let’s be like Bob Ross: creative, relaxed, simple and goal directed, present and considerate.

Lighten up on yourself.

Happy Trees. Happy Life.

Off I go….Erin

PS: For all the teachers reading this, play Bob Ross in your art area for your children.  They will love him and learn some techniques.  He is like the Fred Rogers of painting!

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BIG Goodness


Last year I started a new tradition of writing down beautiful moments and putting them in a jar.  I also gave out a bunch of jars to people that visited my home during the holidays. When they decided to take a jar I extended an invitation to my farm to share their jars and beautiful moments from the previous year. I am looking forward to our first annual brunch on St. Patrick’s Day!



Until this week, I had not started a new jar for 2018. I have been writing down moments and putting them in my jammed packed 2017 jar.  While I was at home improvement store the other day I saw lots of jars (I like the jars with lids) and thought I need to start a new jar for this year.  I debated on the medium jar or the large jar.  I went for the large jar.  I thought to myself, as I often do and as I often say to my kids, “GO BIG OR GO HOME.”

2017 Goodness Jar
2018 Goodness Jar! BIG GOODNESS.

Once I got the jar home I was so excited to have more room.  I wondered why I was cramming beautiful moments into a too full jar.  I was energized about all of the things that I will put it in this jar over the next 10 months…the endless possibilities for joy, for healing, for connection, for nature…for my life!

Isn’t this like life, before we know it we have it jammed packed and may have run out of room?

What can we clear away to make room for more beauty?

Like the Michelango said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

What can you carve away in order to discover something new and inspiring?

What you make room for…shows up.

What you carve away…clears the way.

What you look for…you find.

Making room & looking for BIG GOODNESS, Erin

For more TOOLS on creating joy check out Be Amazing: Tools for Living Inspired and Inspired Work: Show UP & Shining Bright.

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How much is YOUR time worth?


Recently, two special young women in my life had experiences where they busted a move and didn’t wait around.  They valued their time.

One wanted to experience a high school dance.  She didn’t want a date.  She got decked out and looked stunning. She decided to meet a couple of friends there.  She drove herself.  She walked in alone. Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t think I would have done any of this while I was in high school.  I would have wanted/needed to go in with friends, be with a group and wished for a date.  Not this girl.  She is decisive even when not completely confident.

Once she entered the dance and met up with her friends she mingled, walked around and went to the bathroom when things got awkward.  Then she decided she wasn’t having fun.  People were doing things she isn’t interested in.  So while she tried for a bit to have fun, she realized she just wanted to experience the dance and get dressed up. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. She didn’t need to wait around for it to turn fun. She wasn’t obligated to wait for it be over.

She knew what she wanted, she did it. She went home to her dog and her family.  The things she enjoys.

No wasting time on things that don’t matter and are not desired.

The second young woman, unfortunately, found herself in an unhealthy work environment.  After lots of hardship and inequity she gave her two-week notice.  She trained everyone within the first week.  On that Friday, she realized she had performed her responsibility.  She was also keenly aware the environment was dangerous to her mental health so she sent a professional email stating she would be leaving that day, for good.  She didn’t need to waste a week of her life in a bad situation.

No filling time to just fill time with blind obligation.

Realizing what to stop doing is a strong step in the direction of learning what to start doing.

 Stop waiting for the dance to be over.  Stop waiting for the notice to end.

How can these two examples of action be compared to everyday life?

Stop reading the mediocre novel that you don’t love just because you started it.

Go read something you love.  Read something you want to learn about and that challenges you or completely entertains you.

Is your time worth a mediocre novel?

Stop engaging in conversations that are negative, petty or ill willed just for the sake of trying to be polite.

Be alone over wasteful conversations.  Spend your time with people who are uplifting. Make time with your own thoughts. Get away from these interactions even if it is uncomfortable.

Is your time worth snarky people?

Stop waiting for the fair weather friend to become the friend you want and need.

Go spend time with and give energy to people who have your back.  If don’t have anyone like this in your life, make room for them to enter.

Is your time worth hurtful friendships?

Stop waiting for the big break, the lottery windfall of wealth or the perfect stroke of luck.

Go create a life of joy and excitement.

Is your time worth hoping it away?

Stop waiting for people to do what you want them to do.

Do more of what YOU want to do.

Is your time worth trying to control things you can’t?

Stop wearing the outfit you feel frumpy in because you spent money on it.

Put something on you love and that you feel good in.  Go donate that outfit.

No amount of money is worth frumpy.

Stop saving the glassware and china for special occasions.

Everyday is an occasion.

Stop waiting until you lose the weight, have enough money, find the right person or have the perfect job.

Your moment is now. The perfect time is the time you have now.

This all might sound easier said than done.  True; until you start practicing.  With a few tools you can begin making decisions about your time that will move you in the direction of what you want.  Closer to your dreams and knowing how much your time is worth.

Getting clarity of purpose and practicing courage can equip you to blaze your trail.  Yes, it does take effort and courage to discover and express your true wants.  Sometimes, it feels easier to wait around for whatever because we either don’t know what we want or it is too scary. It’s ok not to know or to be afraid.  It isn’t ok to do nothing about your fear and lack of knowledge.    Check out the tools in Inspired Work for Clarity of Purpose or the tools in Be Amazing for Practicing Courage.   

Purpose and Courage are the cornerstones of learning how to value your time.

Your time is priceless.  You don’t get it back, you can’t buy it and you can’t wish for it.

You can make the most it.  Value it.  Treasure it.

Start practicing.

We are intended to live joyously and abundantly.

Not waiting around, Erin

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