Hello from Erika Speed!!!

The Cre8tive Life

Issue 72- August 7, 2020

Issue 72- August 7, 2020

Hello Friends-

"Welcome back to "The Cre8tive Life"- your weekly newsletter full of lifestyle tips, smiles, and musings.

How are you feeling and doing these days? I must admit it has been quite an interesting time of even deeper reflection for me. My already atypical sleeping patterns have been even more ALL OVER THE PLACE, and I seem to be in my head with so many thoughts, memories, and ponderings about life. I quite often feel like I have lost track of the days and any sense of time, and find myself grasping for small moments of joy when and where I can within my walls of confinement (literally and figuratively). I also think about some of the (random) things I miss... like trips to Trader Joe's, serendipitous discoveries in my wanderings about town, people watching, taking pictures of things that I stumble upon, being near beautiful bodies of water, listening to live music, catching sunrises/sunsets, nights of salsa dancing, going to interesting events, connecting with friends and family, and my FAVORITE activity, traveling...

While we never really know what the future holds during a "regular" day and time, there just seems to be so much uncertainty around everything these days... Almost kind of like we're hamsters in a wheel turning and turning, or in some sort of dark tunnel searching for light...

Anyway, I am immensely grateful for those small joys of happiness that I do have around me, and for my faith that is holding me together during these maddening times. 


Random stories, pictures, video highlights, and other life musings can be found on my personal instagram page (@e101) and official brand page (@thecre8tiveartisan) throughout the week (when/if I end up posting anything).

                        *And, if you have missed any previous newsletters,                            feel free to check out the archive section on my website: HERE.

Continued prayers that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy 

(mentally & physically) out there 💗.


My weekly (random) compilation of some of my favorite "cre8tive" things that I want to share:

  • FAVORITE WORD: Aesthete (n): a person who has a refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature; a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters


  • ADVICE: "Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong." - a quote from the movie, "Queen of Katwe"


  • MOOD MUSIC: I haven't actually been listening to much music this week...so, I'm going to be a bit "cre8tive" and switch things up, and share a podcast that I have finally had the chance to listen to- the new Michelle Obama Podcast! I found the latest episode to be especially poignant. 


  • QUARANTINE RECOMMENDATION: While I haven't watched this yet, I have the series, "Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything" on my radar to tap into this weekend. I love the idea of it showing and investigating "the surprising and intricate ways in which we are connected to each other, the world and the universe." 


  • THE MORE YOU KNOW: There is often a lot of talk about essential oils. Especially, in these days and times as people are trying to bring more calm into their lives, and/or amp up their immune system. This is a good starting guide of learning more about them, and some of their benefits.


  • LIFESTYLE TIP: If you happen to have a car (or another access point of escape) during these days of summer and social distancing, you may find this list of  the best picnic spots in every state to be beneficial. Let me know if you check any of them out on your road trips!


  • FEEL GOOD SHARE: This video that Jason Momoa produced and shared of his super thoughtful gift to his wife, Lisa Bonet, made my heart melt and smile.


A word.


This week's challenge is to think about if you are truly tapped into your calling.


I have some new and exciting community virtualizations that I will be hosting in the upcoming weeks! Be on the lookout for more info!

*As a reminder, "Virtualizations!" are my highly curated, virtual event offerings. If you (or, a friend) have an upcoming birthday (or other virtual celebration need), I would love to be considered as your virtual event planner consultant! Together we can craft a unique and engaging virtual experience that all your attendees will be touched by! Please feel free to reach out to me HERE for more details! I look forward to working with you!


***Totally disregard this part of the newsletter if you have already done this.

Lastly, if you happen to have any future topic ideas, or come across any events I should know about, PLEASE feel free to send those along my way. I always LOVE discovering and learning about new things! 

Have a great day, and be sure to take time to enjoy your life!


*"The Cre8tive Life" is the weekly "feel good" component of my consultancy, The Cre8tive Artisan, which is where I "make the magic happen" and curate engaging lifestyle events that help connect us humans in deeper ways. Feel free to CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE to see what I do, and let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help you out! As always, if this newsletter is "not your thing", please feel free to unsubscribe (however, I really hope you don't). 

The Cre8tive Artisan

New York, NY