Hello from Erika Speed!!!

The Cre8tive Life

Issue 16- May 10, 2019

Issue 16- May 10, 2019

Hello Friends!

Happy Friday- and, "Welcome back to "The Cre8tive Life!"- your weekly newsletter full of lifestyle tips, smiles, and cool things to check out!

I started this past week immersing myself in some of my favorite things- creating, communing, and being with art. I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the fabulous "Create & Cultivate" event, where I had the chance to hear life shares from the likes of Martha Stewart, Marie Forleo, Lisa Price, Jaclyn Johnson, Gabby Bernstein, and many more.

Additionally, I was able to FINALLY check out the Frida Kahlo: "Appearances Can Be Deceiving" exhibition. It closes this Sunday, May 12th; and, I highly encourage all Frida fans to try and grab a last minute ticket (if they haven't already)!

*I have shared a few pictures here, but will also be posting more on my Instagram @thecre8tiveartisan



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

  • FAVORITE WORD: Decubitus - the posture of someone who is lying down or lying in bed


  • ADVICE:  "Sometimes what is meant for you can't find you simply because you aren't being yourself." ~Maryam Hasnaa~


  • MOOD MUSIC: I'm in a bit of mellow and reflective mood this week, and have been marinating in the soulful vibes of Moses Sumney. If you're not familiar with him, "Plastic" is a good place to start. 


  • SMILE OF THE WEEK: There's a beautiful story of humanity that took place at the Pittsburgh Marathon over the weekend with two of the runners. THIS made me smile and cry--- ALL THE FEELS.


  • DOWN TIME FUN: To know me, is to know that I love a great personality test that enables you to learn a little bit more about yourself. I recently came across this "What's Your Creative Type" from one of my besties, and found it to be quite fascinating. If you decide to take it, be sure to tell me what your type turns out to be! (I scored as "The Dreamer").


  • RANDOM LIFE TIP: If you're living in the fast-paced world of meetings, where you are constantly needing to prepare and take notes, you may find the Otter app to be a useful time saver. It is essentially a virtual assistant that will record and transcribe things for you in a quick and easy sharable format. (*As always, be sure to read the privacy policy to ensure that is in alignment with your needs as well!)


  • FOOD TO TRY: I had my very first Beyond Burger this past week. And, to my GREAT SURPRISE, it did not disappoint! (In fact, I actually ended up eating two of them). I am super excited to try the rest of the BEYOND MEAT product line (and the recommended recipes)!


There have been a couple things "running" through my mind this week as I thought about what I might write about in this portion of the newsletter. I mostly found myself teetering around the "hot topic" of vulnerability (especially, since I am still reading/listening to Brene Brown's "Daring Greatly" book---and, the fact that I have been finding the Ayesha Curry think pieces to be quite engrossing). But, something really resonated with my spirit when I saw the story of the two Pittsburgh marathon runners that I mentioned above that I simply could not shake. So, we'll see where this goes...

To say that these past couple of years have been "interesting" for me, could be a definite understatement. As I ruminate about the journey and path that my life has taken (and is continuing to take), I sit in great awe and wonder. There have been highs and lows, tears and fears, smiles and laughs, joys and pains. Some things I have shared, some things I have kept to myself. Some things I have found easier to share with strangers,  some with family, and some with my closest friends. It's all quite interesting to really go back and look at in a hindsight view. I would liken it to be a bit like a marathon. You're in this race, and you have this goal and vision to finish. Your energy and spirit drains and replenishes as you keep running and pressing toward the mark. You see others passing you by, and you also pass by others. Sometimes you wonder if you're even going to make it. But, you keep pressing and running, and doing the best you can, and staying focused on your goal. Then, you get little waves of encouragement as you meet kind souls who give you a smile, pat on the back, or just a simple motivational word that gives you just enough fuel to keep on going. And, sometimes they even hold your hand to make sure you pull through. I stand in immense gratitude for those moments, and for all of those who have helped, and continue to help me along the way in this race. There's something truly special and magical about the humanity, connection, and strength that is created in the "marathon of life."

Katherine Switzer once said, "If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon." And, after seeing that video, and thinking and reflecting over my own journey, I honestly feel like there aren't many truer words that have ever been said.


This week I challenge you to think about your life's marathon, the people that have helped you along the way, and how far you have come.


I am in the process of creating some "non-traditional" events where people can connect on a deeper level in person. And, I am still in need of a bit more feedback in my survey. If you have not done so already, please take a quick 5 minutes to fill out:


Thanks sooooooo much in advance for your time!

***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