Hello from Erika Speed!!!

The Cre8tive Life

Issue 21- June 22, 2019

Issue 21- June 22, 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 has been pretty low-key and low energy wise for me...so, I don't really have much to share on the intro portion. In fact, the "highlights" were probably discovering a new lipstick shade at Sephora, figuring out some new potential low-maintenance hairstyles I want to try, and getting a courtesy library extension for a popular book I am reading. Anyway, I hope that YOU have been having an AMAZING week!



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

  • FAVORITE WORD: Trouvaille: (noun) Something lovely discovered by chance


  • ADVICE:  "The greatest thing you can give yourself is freedom from what others think." ~Abraham Hicks~


  • MOOD MUSIC: I was a bit stumped on what music I would share this week...but, I literally just discovered a "new" group that I am digging as I am writing this week's newsletter (thanks to looking at a friend's IG story from a concert they attended last night). Khruangbin has a soulful groove that I will be going down the rabbit hole of discovery in. I am really liking their "Friday Morning" song- and the backstory behind THIS VIDEO for it.


  • SMILE OF THE WEEK: Stumbled upon THIS VIDEO that highlights people talking about the strangers that they have met over the course of their lives who have left an indelible mark, and got all the feels.


  • THING I'M LEARNING ABOUT: I have always labeled myself as a "Socially Antisocial Introverted Extrovert," and tend to adjust my energy levels around my mood and various environments. I have recently learned about the world of the HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), and have been finding that quite fascinating as it relates to some of the traits that I see in myself, and how I show up in the world through my extroversion (I've been continually classified as an ENFP through various tests over the years since middle school) and introverted nature.


  • RANDOM LIFE TIP: If you have sufficient space on your phone, and will need access to Google Maps in a limited internet connection area (i.e., another country), you can easily download the Google Map you need in advance. Simply go on the map to the area you want to save, type “ok map” into the search, and then press Download.


  • SOMETHING I WANT TO TRY: To know me, is to know that I LOVE to travel, and that I am truly fascinated by people and cultures. I have been monitoring THIS PORTABLE TRANSLATOR for a while now, and am in the process of making my final decision between it and a few others. Have any of you had success with this one or another?


I don't necessarily have any deep life shares to impart this week...so, I decided to do a bit of a piggyback inspiration on the "Strangers We Meet" link I posted above. Below, you will find some inspirational ideas for small "random acts of kindness" that can maybe help or encourage another fellow human (and maybe even yourself---if you need a little "pick me up").


1. Take a few extra moments out of your day to praise someone to their supervisor if you get great customer service.

2. Leave a few extra dollars with a cashier to pay for a stranger at a coffee shop (or another fast food type spot), and tell the cashier to encourage that next person to "pay it forward" to someone else- be the spark of kindness!


3. Send a surprise care package to a friend or loved one that you know could use a little life "pick me up"---(it could be an old school care box of their favorite things, a gift card to one of their best-loved places, etc.) Make sure it's not tied to a celebration of a birthday, anniversary, etc. though-let it be a true surprise of joy! Or....you can also do a spinoff of the above with a soldier. Organizations like HeroBox allow you to ‘sponsor’ a service member and send them care packages specific to their needs + wants – like ‘detective novels + Snickers bars.’ Or you can donate funds and items to Operation Courage Is Beautiful, an organization that sends care packages to female service members.


4. Schedule time in your calendar to reach out to people just to check in on them or to tell them the impact that they have had on your life. ***Bonus points if you go old school, and do a phone call or snail mail card/letter versus social media!


5. Get a few $5-$10 gift cards to give to the homeless/those in need. If you don’t carry cash, or you’re not comfortable handing it out, this is a great way you can help someone less fortunate.


6. Write Yelp, Google, LinkedIn reviews for your favorite small businesses or entrepreneurs. You would be surprised at how such a small gesture can go a long way, and make a big difference in their lives!


7. Visit a nursing home, or a senior citizens center, and volunteer to read, play games, listen, or do some other creative talent for a couple hours.



This week I challenge you to do some of the above random acts of kindnesses- or create your own variances!


Thank you to everyone that has filled out the survey! I will be sharing some upcoming events that I have been working on in the next couple of newsletters- so stay tuned for more info and invites!

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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