Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. I’m Erin Jobe, an adventurer with a love of physical activity, community, and the outdoors. I’m deeply passionate about the mental and physical benefits of those things!
Q. What is your work?
A. I am the Event & Outreach Coordinator for the Haw River Assembly, a grassroots non-profit that protects the Haw River and the creeks and streams that flow into it. I organize several events including a river cleanup, a river festival, a film festival, and 3-week long environmental education program that brings over 1,000 local 4th graders to the river.
I am also the founder of Collectively Outside, a non-profit with a mission to strengthen communities by increasing participation in outdoor activities that foster physical health, personal growth, and appreciation of natural spaces.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I’m taking my first steps in planning events and programming for Collectively Outside. The first project is a Women’s Trail Festival with the incredible Mirna Valerio in June of 2019. It will be a weekend of group runs and hikes, workshops, discussions, and camaraderie. The goal of the festival is to create a welcoming and supportive space for women to gain new skills and confidence in the outdoors, and to celebrate each other and the beauty of the north Georgia mountains.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. It has taken so much courage to bring my idea for the Women’s Trail Festival to life. Each moment of excitement around planning this event is followed but equally intense moments of self-doubt and a near crippling fear of failure. I’m proud of myself for forging through this discomfort. It has required a level a vulnerability that I had not prepared for, and the process has set me on a crash course of learning how to show up for myself.
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. I am truly doing work that I love. I’m passionate about strengthening communities through the outdoors. This includes increasing access to outdoor opportunities that promote physical health and personal growth, as well as fostering an appreciation of natural spaces and the conservation ethic needed to protect them. Self-doubt and the need to make everything perfect can still creep in and drain my creativity and enthusiasm, but I am happy to be doing this rewarding work. There is so much more that I hope to accomplish!
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. I would tell my younger self that there is no end to the process of learning and evolving, that interests and priorities and versions of success would all continue to change long after college. Allow and expect yourself to continue to change and learn.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. It’s okay to start things without knowing how to finish them, and you don’t have to ask for permission to do the things that matter to you. You DO have to be willing to make mistakes and get uncomfortable. No matter the outcome, you are a better person for trying to do hard things.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I do something productive that doesn’t require me to show up 100% - respond to the easy emails, organize files, make a to-do list. I usually find that once I ease into a few small actions, I start to warm up to work that requires more energy and creativity. Most of all, I try to cut myself some slack. Feeling upset with yourself doesn’t exactly get the creative juices flowing.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. Life doesn’t always allow it, but I’m all for practicing maximum enthusiasm! Not taking myself too seriously and getting jazzed about the little things truly helps me be a better person. Some of my favorite little things to get excited about are dance parties, bacon egg and cheese biscuits, giving people high fives, funny animal videos on Instagram, woodland creatures in general, and everything Taylor Swift.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. I don’t practice yoga regularly, but pigeon pose is always a good reminder of how much my hips would appreciate a little more love.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I’m surrounded by incredible friends and a supportive husband that lift me up every day. I spend lots of time outside doing things I love with these people. I’m especially grateful for the many amazing, absolutely tough as nails, hilarious, sassy, sweet, and inspiring women in my life, and I’m so much better because of them.