Erin Brennan {Women On A Mission}

Creative Consultant. Gypsy Soul. Teller of Stories. 

Hi - I'm Erin and Women On A Mission is my latest project. It has been such an amazing experience getting to interview all of these women. If you want to know more about my story, here is my interview! I have a heart for empowering women, health + wellness, and saving the whales. I believe that once we understand that we are enough even with all of our imperfections life is a little better. I also believe in burritos, red wine, and bubble baths (so there's that).


In Her Own Words:

Who I Am: How do you sum up the entirety of who you are in a paragraph? Well, you can usually find me throwing dinner parties, walking my dog, or in the middle of some DIY crafting project. I'm a problem solver, people connector, idea scientist. For better or worse I speak my mind - but always with the best intentions. 

I'm a recovering perfectionist which means I'm still learning that I am both imperfect and  enough. I'm loud and messy and loving. I drink wine and eat vegetables. I love to be outside or sit around a table talking to friends about what they think about life. 

What I Do:  I'm entering into a new work phase with by launching projects that I really care about like this new health experiment I'm starting. It has been really awesome (and overwhelming) to get the momentum and motivation to make it happen but it is really rewarding to spend my time creating something I'm proud to put out into the world.

I also help people and companies solve their problems by helping them get clear on what really isn't working and coming up with new ideas to get them where they want to go. This can look like a lot of different things but my favorite is coming up with creative campaigns. Which is a way to combine marketing with sales and other departments to think outside the box to create new positioning or revenue streams. Usually these have a social good impact component worked in because I believe can make money while also doing good in the world.

What I Believe: At my core I believe that effort is attractive. Not matter how hard you try, you may succeed or fail. What counts is the fact that you are showing up and trying. It is more important to get in the game then sit on the sidelines. I love this quote from Brene Brown "when you show up and are seen you are going to get your ass kicked. If you are not in the arena and also getting your are kicked, I am not interested in your feedback." 

I believe change is possible. The things that are near and dear to my heart are topics like empowering women, health and wellness, and the environment (I'm pretty sure I was meant to save the whales).

I believe people come into your life for a reason. Celebrate that for as long as there are there - no matter how amazing or difficult the lesson. I also believe that if you are having a bad day the answer is in a glass of wine, bubble bath, a cheesy romantic comedy,  or a cry with your best friend (or any combination of the above).

How I Got Here: My journey to get here was long - and it took a lot of twists and turns. Some were needed, others not so much. At the end of the day most of the times I thought I was lost were what was preparing me for where I was going. 

I was on the track for a successful 9-5 job. Life threw me some curve balls and at an early age I got really sick. Only in hindsight do I see how that changed who I became. For a long time that wasn't a good thing. But now I see what it has taught me, who it has made me, and how far I've come. I never would have gotten to any of these realizations without an army of people supporting me and pushing me when I wanted to stop.

It has become pretty clear that without the people who believed in me when I couldn't believe in myself or the people that called me on my shit when I wasn't being my best self that I would have gone down a very different path. I'm grateful everyday for the the group of women who have helped make me who I am today. Which is why I wanted to do this project - to hopefully help other women see examples of what is possible!


Q&A With Erin

What are you most excited to share with the world? Right now I am most excited to share Women On A Mission. Creating this project has been so powerful personally - I hope that other women can get the same sense of hope and possibility by reading these interviews that I got from interviewing these women. Together we really can change the world because change starts with us. How we show up on a random Tuesday or with our friends or at work. One of the quotes I think about all the time is "how you do anything is how you do everything." If we start focusing on what we have control over (ourselves) it will have a domino effect on everything and everyone else.

What’s are your favorite life hack? Asking the question "What if ...."  What if there was another way? What if what I think is true weren't true? What if I could do it the way I wanted to? What if there was no right answer? 

I'm not sure if it is so much a life hack or a mental one - but it has been by far the most amazing tool to get me reimagining possibility. So often we are the ones getting in our own way simply because we are stuck in our own way of thinking. What if we could change that?

How do you start your day? I start my day with a walk. Before coffee, before email, but not before brushing my teeth (*usually) you can find me and my dog James taking a stroll. Sometimes I'm dancing down the street to my favorite song, getting deep with a new book on audible, or catching up on a phone call with a friend. This is my time to center, think, prioritize and get prepared for my day without the interruptions of the world. I'm not a morning person so carving out the time can be difficult but it makes a huge difference in how I should up the world. Making time for what I need first gives me more energy and creativity to show up for the people and projects I care about.

What does balance look like? Knowing that you aren't perfect (and either is anyone else). Which means there are days where you will be right and days you will be wrong - so find time for compassion, unread text messages or emails, a good glass of red wine, focused work without distraction, a hug, a cry, or a long bubble bath. 

What does doing things differently look like to you? It means listening to what you think/know/feel even when it does't make sense even to you. I end up doing things differently a lot. Sometimes I think I invented my profession just so I can do things slightly differently. But those brilliant ideas (can I say that about myself??) come from the space and freedom to carve a new path. 

That means getting clear on how things really feel to me. It is so easy to go on autopilot, really getting focused on how things resonate with me hasn't been easy. Often times I'm working on a project and it is great (to the outside world) - but some piece of me isn't at rest. It nags at me. I should just let it go but I know that means something is off. No matter what anyone else says. I changed the website for Women On A Mission five times because it just didn't feel right. Finally I figured out what wasn't working for me and I was able to make something I really loved. 

What is your message to the world/entrepreneurs/mothers/girls? Change starts with us owning own story and our voice because what you allow is what will continue. And sometimes that is the small moments we choose not to speak up. We might not notice it at first but the world is constantly telling us what we are or what we aren't and these small moments eventually chip away to become a much bigger voice in our heads. 

I started noticing when people intentionally or unintentionally defined me in conversation. When I don't agree with it I take a moment to redefine the story on my own terms while acknowledging how they experienced me. It has come a long way in helping me take ownership of how I affect others without internalizing everyone's feedback about who they think I am. Because what you allow is what will continue. 

How do you handle the hard parts of marching to the beat of your own drum? Honestly? I don't. When things get hard I call on my girls who help talk me off the ledge. 

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Every amazing thing I have ever done has been preceded with some obstacle I could never have gotten through on my own.

When I launched this project I got so many great responses but I was sitting in a coffee shop on the verge of tears, frustrated and overwhelmed. It was Heather Box who pushed me (in case you want an insight into her awesomeness this is a picture of the text).

Doubt is just part of it - instead of trying to get rid of it I found support to work through it. When you can't see yourself clearly, you need the people who love you the most to remind you who you are and why you started on this journey.

Where do you find community? I find community in honesty. The group of women who support me (many who are interviewed in this series) allow me to be all of myself. They know everything. That level on honesty can be scary but it also means that they really know me. Not just the nice parts, or the put together parts, or the easy parts. They see me, kick my butt when it needs kicking, support me, and love me unconditionally. I wouldn't be able to find that level of intimacy if I was hiding part myself.

What most excites you? Empowering women, health + wellness, saving the whales + ocean.

What is your favorite quote? There are so so many - but two of my favorites are "trust the timing of your life" and "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.” ― Ayn Rand

What is your favorite book?  The Big Leap for helping me understand and own my zone of genius, Daring Greatly for helping me understand that vulnerability is always the answer, The Untethered Soul for giving me perspective, You Are A Badass for making woo-woo concepts more relateable.

What’s something that everyone talks about that makes no sense to you? Being a morning person. I get it in theory but seriously guys. It fells sooooo good to sleep in.

What advice would you give to someone who has a mission they want to start or pursue?It's really hard. It's also worth it so you have to know why you're doing it because at more then one point you will want to give up. Which is why it is so important to surround yourself with people who will believe in you when you can't do it for yourself. And who will push you to keep going.

People always seem to think there is a formula that if you follow the steps it's going work out. Let me tell you, it's the Wild Wild West out here and you gotta hustle. You'll know you're on the right track when the hustle is so enjoyable it doesn't feel like work anymore. The only way anyone survives is by truly believing in what they do and having the right support group to keep them going. 

What advice would you give to someone who is looking for her own girl gang? It's everything. It will be your sanity, your conscience, your sounding board, your safety net. Keep looking until you find your people and show up for them as much as they show up for you. It's a relationship like any other. There is give and take. Sometimes they will need you to rein them in or push them further or you will be the one needing to be talked off the ledge. Be fierce in how you show up for them. They will do the same for you.