Hello from Erika Speed!!!

The Cre8tive Life

Issue 20- June 14, 2019

Issue 20- June 14, 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!

This past week I have still been mostly in birthday celebration mode- meaning, I have been going to some of my favorite NYC spots and dancing salsa. Additionally, I have been attending the Inflection Conference- which is an inspirational and actionable event for entrepreneurs. Lots of good information and good energy- which is exactly what my spirit needs!

Thanks so much to each of you that has reached out to me and wished me "Happy Birthday," sent me a gift, given me a card, or even thought about me as I entered into a new decade of life. It truly meant a lot!

I hope that you have a great rest of your week!

*I have shared a few pictures here, but will also be posting more on my Instagrams:  @thecre8tiveartisan & @e101 (the latter is where I tend to post most of my stories and shenanigans)



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

  • FAVORITE WORD: Vorfreude- (n.) the joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures


  • ADVICE: "Purpose is not static, purpose is dynamic. Purpose continues to be applied throughout your life." --A.R. Bernard


  • MOOD MUSIC: I have been "taking things to the dance floor" and hanging out at some of my old salsa (dancing) spots lately. This week I have been relishing in my "mambo vibes" A favorite song that I've been digging is "Te Conozco Bacalao" by Hector Lavoe and Wille Colon (and a fun social dance by some of my friends too keep you entertained (in the event that you're not necessarily into salsa *wink* )).


  • SMILE OF THE WEEK: What a special gift Curtis Jenkins is to these kids. Get ready to burst into a big smile and shed a tear at the same time with THIS STORY.


  • THING I WANT TO TRY: I am not typically a subscriber to a lot of things...but, my love of my birthday twin, Prince, has me wanting to do the 90 day TIDAL trial so I can hear the previously unheard songs on the "ORIGINALS" release.


  • RANDOM LIFE TIP: If you're prone to tearing up when you cut onions, try chewing gum. It will help to mitigate the tears!


  • FOOD TO TRY: Normally, I am not a big fan of pecans...but, these Sweet & Spicy Pecans from Trader Joes are a game changer and the perfect little on-the-go snack.Beware they are addicting!


As I eluded to earlier, I have spent a good portion of this past week partaking in one of my favorite pastimes, dancing salsa.

I very randomly got into dancing salsa over 12 years ago when another one of my friends picked a salsa club for her birthday celebration. As much as I love music, salsa wasn't necessarily "my thing"---I definitely didn't "hate" it; but, I had just never really had as much exposure to fully appreciate it, and all of its variety. Needless to say, I wanted to support my friend on her birthday though; so, I mustered up the energy and trekked my way to the salsa club. While there, I found myself being mesmerized by the music and the people dancing. I wondered how they knew what to do, and could not believe that these dances were not choreographed in advance. I was in a state of constant amazement and just soaking everything in. And, I even "attempted" to dance after one of the guys at the club asked me. I gave him the warning that I had absolutely NO CLUE what I was doing, but I'd be willing to try if he had the patience. He told me no problem, and did his best to teach me the foundational basic steps over a few songs. From that moment on, I was hooked. And, once I got home that night, I immediately found myself researching instructors and locations to take lessons within the next week. And, to make a very long story short, salsa became one of the BEST FRIENDS that I didn't even know I needed. It has been there through heartbreak, frustration, joy, sadness, travel, and beyond. It has brought me priceless friendships and community that have been instrumental to who I am, and continue to be; and, with people that I may not have even known/crossed paths with if we hadn't connected through our love of this dance. And, believe it or not, it was even a catalyst in me ending up living in New York! Salsa has taught me things about myself, challenged me, and been there through some of my toughest life moments. And, while I may not go out nearly as much as I used to (I used to go out three to four times a week---now, it's typically like once or twice a month), it is still that great friend that I can go back to when I need to see a familiar face, or need some "good energy" to revive my spirit. And, I have been so happy to be able to tie it into my annual "celebration of life" moments.

While salsa dancing may appear to be "just a dance"- at its very core, it has been way more than that for me. It has been a place where I can take out my frustrations, find moments of happiness, connection, and tribe; and, ultimately express myself. It has been one of my greatest avenues of self care.  And, I am forever grateful to my friend for that night when she exposed me to it.




When was the last time you danced? This week's challenge is for you to take a moment (and maybe step out of your comfort zone), and hit the dance floor somewhere! You may be surprised at the feeling you get, and what you learn about yourself! And if the thought of doing this in public scares you, throw on some music at home, and "get it in" there!---and, even though I mostly talked about salsa in my share, I highly co-sign the learning other dances as well---you would be surprised at the community that exists in the dance world! 


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