It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
This week I'm interviewing Erin Bair, my cousin. It's not understatement to say that I've looked up to Erin all my life. When we were young I wanted her to be my best friend. Over the years I've definitely gotten my wish because I feel like I can count her amongst my closest friends. I'm so lucky to have a cousin that inspires me, listens to me and most of all follows her creative passions.
Q.Who are you?
A. I am an artist, a coach, and an agent for change. I am also a wife to an amazing man, and mother to two loud, full-of-light, creative, and funny little boys.
Q. How do we know each other?
A. We met long ago in Toledo, Ohio - kindred spirits from the beginning - we are Cousins! We have been so many things to each other over the years though; playmate, confidant, shoulder-to-cry-on, inspiration, pen pal, but most importantly, friend.
Q. What is your work?
A. I work as a Coach, and am also an Artist. My primary goal is to inspire positive change in people. Whether that be guiding women to go after their dreams, or mentoring business leaders on how to improve workplace practices.
As a visual artist, I work primarily in watercolor and acrylics. My aim is to expresses human emotion through movement and color.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am currently building a series of creative workshops and retreats aimed at helping others embrace their authentic self through creative exploration, movement, and action.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Last month I quit my big, well-paying, safe, corporate coaching job. I walked away without the security of another job waiting for me, a list of clients ready to buy my art, or any workshops scheduled. I literally had no income. I made what would appear to be the most irresponsible decision a mother and grown woman can make, but it was the best thing I have done in a very long time. I am forever changed.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. More than anything I want to inspire other creatives to be the architect of their lives. To stop settling for the daily routine, and start taking action to live the life that sets their soul on fire. Yes! I am doing exactly what I want to be doing. I have been a business coach for a long time, but am now focused on building my own business to inspire and coach creatives. I create art every day, and I am genuinely in love with my life. Which is normally a statement I would roll my eyes at if someone said that to me, but all I can do is shrug my shoulders and smile because it’s true.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Don’t wait to get started building the life you want, and don’t let fear, or others' expectations deter you.
Q. What's one piece of advice or moto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. If you want a bold and adventurous life, you must take bold and adventurous action. Thinking about what you want and planning is necessary, but it won’t change a thing - you must take action. You must jump!
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. By far the best thing I have implemented in my life has been a regularly scheduled Artist Date. It keeps my well full.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Standing Forward Fold. It’s so simple, but wherever it is that I hold my tension Uttanasana always, always does the trick. I also love how flipping my dog opens my chest and stretches my hip flexors…plus it’s just silly fun :)
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. Opportunities for abundance are all around us, you just have to pay attention. Live in the moment, take stock of the little things, and minimize distractions as best you can. In the past year I’ve made it a point to cultivate time for things that give me that overflowing sense of fullness, and take time to acknowledge the blessings in my life.
You can find Erin's work and information about upcoming workshops by following her on Instagram @happyhivestudio and visit her website Happy Hive Studio