Hello from Erika Speed!!!

The Cre8tive Life

Issue 7- August 7, 2018

Issue 7- August 7, 2018

Hello Friends!

Welcome to this week's "The Cre8tive Life"-your weekly newsletter full of lifestyle tips, smiles, and cool things to check out!

I have very recently started a new extended work project that has my current schedule "a bit wonky" (and also has me a bit drained)- so, I am not getting this newsletter out on my regular Friday morning goal...But, because I am determined to still keep and make this a weekly ritual, I am sending it out today while I have a free moment.

If you have any future topic ideas / events I should know about (or that you want to invite me to) / random things you think I should check out, PLEASE feel free to send those along my way! I always LOVE discovering and learning about new things! Have a GREAT rest of your day, and week---and, be sure to take time to enjoy your life!


   *** "The Cre8tive Life" is the weekly "feel good" component of my company, The Cre8tive Artisan, which is where I "make the magic happen" and produce fun, exciting, and 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! And, as always, if this newsletter is "not your thing", please feel free to unsubscribe (however, I really hope you don't). 



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

  • FAVORITE WORD: Nudiustertian


  • ADVICE: "You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work-in-progress at the same time"~ Sophia Bush


  • MOOD MUSIC: I have been in a bit of a jazzy/reflective mood as of late, and have had the powerfully moving "Here's to Life" by Shirley Horn on repeat a few times. And, if you like that, I highly recommend listening to some of her other stuff as well. Shirley Horn is definitely a mood within herself.


  • FEEL GOOD STORY: If this moment of "Mighty Maya" walking doesn't touch or pull at your heartstrings, I don't know what will. What a beautiful capture this is!


  • DIY PROJECT FUN: If you happen to find yourself with an extra T-shirt that you don't really care to wear, but still want to keep...consider making this fun, quick and easy Earth Friendly T-shirt Bag


  • RANDOM LIFE TIP: I can't vouch for the recipes...but, I did recently discover a cool food hack called My Fridge Food where you plug in what's in your refrigerator, and it gives you some recipes to try.               *Let me know if you try it out and send me a pic of how it turns out!




This journey of life that we are on can definitely be quite interesting. As I shared a bit earlier in my song share above, I have been in kind of a deeply reflective state as of late (even more so than usual, believe it or not, if you happen to know me personally). I've been ruminating over the themes of life, change, mindset, and holding on and letting go- and, how those things have pertained to me and my existence in this earthly space. This past year and half has been quite a year of emotions- highs, lows and a mix of in betweens. I have met some really fascinating people, had some riveting conversations with strangers, and had some trips of retreat that will forever be etched in my memory of deeper self discovery (also known as my travel therapy). I won't go into too much detail of those things here; but, I will suffice it to say that this has been an intense time of learning for me, about me. I have learned the importance and value of pushing myself beyond my limiting feelings and thoughts (even when I REALLY don't want to). I have learned to challenge myself in certain ways and things when I know that it is ultimately for my betterment of reaching my true potential. And, I have also been continuing the work of "letting go." While all of these things present their own challenges in the life and growth cycle of evolving into one's best self, the latter one has always been a definite struggle point for me. Those things that I "love", I love hard. I tend to be a very selectively sentimental person; and, if I cherish something or have "deemed it worthy" of my affection and attention, I will tend to use all kinds of justifications as to why I should keep it. This has always been for things within both the physical and literal world- i.e.,material things, thoughts, and even people. (This is the very reason why that theory that some people have about getting rid of clothes/things you haven't worn in a certain amount of time doesn't work for me-lol). 

Over this past year and a half, some life circumstances have significantly caused me to get better about this though. While I am definitely not fully there, I have learned to "let go" much more beyond what I had been previously comfortable with. In fact, I even did a HUGE PURGE of "stuff" last year, with me getting rid of many of my "favorite" things that I had been holding onto for a long time. While it definitely didn't feel good during the process, I knew that I had to do it order to make room for the life that I wanted to live, and to allow for more blessings and opportunities to open up for me. Those things that I had been so desperately trying to hold onto were no longer serving a purpose in my life beyond taking up space. They weren't necessarily bringing me joy or happiness; but, I had been wanting to hold onto them purely out of my loose sentimentality and attachment, and for the stories I held in my mind about them. I knew that I needed new energy around me in order to really get into the headspace that I needed to be in to do more with my business, and to make room for the other things that I had been praying for. I needed to begin to do more of the work to get me out of my "caterpillar zone" and into my butterflyness (yes, I probably just made up that word *smile*). I had to do a lot of shifts in my thinking, really examine my life, and begin to take actionable steps along with my faith. I also had to "let go." I still have a ways to go; and, I am still very much a work in progress in many things- but, I am committed to doing the work in becoming my best self. And, I think that counts for something. May we all break out of those things that are holding us back, and find our wings to fly!


What are some of those things that you are having a harder time in letting go? Those things that are keeping you in your cocoon...those things that you are struggling to hold onto, but at the same time know are weighing you down, and you need to release (because they are not helping you to lead your best life)? I challenge you to start taking actionable steps in doing the work to releasing those things this week!



I am STILL 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!

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The Cre8tive Artisan

New York, NY