“Shrink your thighs, expand your mind”: it’s the promise of the energetic powerhouse that is Erin Stutland. Mentor, coach and fitness professional, Erin shares today the secrets of her sparkling business experience that has seen her featured on the US Today Show, featured in Glamour Magazine and getting shot on The Sopranos!
What has been the ‘defining moment’ that set you on the path you’re on today? How did you get to where you are now?
My mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was a freshman in college. It rocked my world and scared the heck out of me. It also caused me to fall into a cycle of anxiety and depression, feeling like I truly couldn’t control the fate of the people I loved most. That said, I was determined to better understand myself, my thoughts, my feelings and my place in the world. That was a defining year for me that put me on the path of spiritual seeking. Thankfully, my mum got through it and the seeking has not stopped since.
Tell me about your vision/goals for your future.
Raise a family. Grow my business. Host my own show. Inspire and connect with as many people as humanly possible. Create things. Lots of things. Travel more. Love more. [Tweet “”Create things. Lots of things. Travel more. Love more” @estutland (via @emmagwillim)”]
What has been most effective for you in your achievements so far, in turning your goals/visions into reality? Where do you start?
I do a lot of brainstorming, dreaming and writing. I fill my journal with thoughts, ideas and lists. I start pulling images of things that inspire me. I listen to music that takes me to another world. I go to the theater and see movies. I go for long walks and ask lots of questions on those walks. From there, I let ideas come to me and start to form them into concrete goals with deadlines and actions attached to those goals.
How do you stay motivated and inspired?
Writing. Walking. Exercising. Music. Sleeping. They are the five cornerstones of my inspiration. [Tweet “”Writing. Walking. Exercising. Music. Sleeping. They are the five cornerstones of my inspiration” @estutland”]
What has been your biggest lesson learned?
I have three:
Everything always works out and comes together, even if it happens in the last hour. [Tweet “”Everything always works out and comes together, even if it happens in the last hour” @estutland (via @emmagwillim)”]
Give before you receive.
There is never a good reason to take away your love from anyone.
What have been (or still are) your biggest fears and challenges, and how do you overcome them?
My biggest fear is probably that I won’t do all the things I want to do in this lifetime. That alone can cause paralysis. But, when I get into that mindset, I try to shift back into the beauty and power of the moment. I make a list of all I have done so far and all that I am incredibly grateful for.
What do you believe is the secret of your success?
Being genuine and kind.
What three tips would you offer ambitious women reading this?
Take time away from your business. It will make your business feel more authentic. People are drawn to realness.
Don’t be afraid to try things in your business, even if no one else is doing it. It’s all one big freakin’ experiment anyway so don’t wait for the perfect answer. Try and then course-correct as needed.
Invest in programs that not only help you market your business, but will also help you become a better human being. Make sure in those programs you take time to build genuine relationships with the people you are surrounded by. You never know how you will help each other down the road.
What book has most inspired you?
The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. I read this book when I was 18 years old. Up until that point, I thought I was just weird. That book gave me permission to call myself an artist.