Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Writing, Motherhood, and Community

When I first shared my desire to write a book on Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast Magic Lessons, I was just so excited to talk with her and become unstuck that I didn’t anticipate all of the ways that my life would change.

I think there is something that happens when a person reveals her truth and becomes honest about her purpose that the Universe arranges for things to happen.

Being able to connect with other people that are also pursuing their dreams (many of them also balancing motherhood) has been one of these changes.

Monica Sholar was one of those people.  I actually met her before writing my book, but we never got a chance to really talk.  One day, I received an email asking me if I wanted to be interviewed for her book titled Please Pardon My Dust: I’m Under Construction. This inspirational book shares not only the lessons learned about success, but the messy, unpredictable road each of the twenty-five women interviewed had to travel in order to arrive there.     

I am completely honored to be included among strong, accomplished women. Me - a stay-at-home mom who left her teaching career to raise her babies who had zero idea of what she was doing, let alone what her next career move was going to be.  Sometimes it just seems so unreal.

Hearing from Monica and others that telling my story has helped them is one of the best things about sharing my struggles in such a public forum.  But here’s the thing – when I hear that, I get inspired!  I am lifted up because someone is fighting the same fight.  I am not alone.

I think I spent the majority of my 38 years feeling alone.

Even though I feel a connection with these women I have met, we don't often get to meet face to face. 

But this weekend, I get to see some of them in person.

Monica has partnered up with All Things Detroit for the official book launch of Please Pardon My Dust:I’m Under Construction. It will be on Sunday, April 3rd from 12-6 at Eastern Market Shed 3.  Tickets are $5 at the door or you can by them here

monica sholar please pardon my dust erin janda rawlings mommy on the spot

Before the book launch, I am going to hear Elizabeth Gilbert speak at Renaissance Unity Church!  I am super excited to hear her talk about creative living and Big Magic in a room full of people who are wanting to work their way out of fear towards their passion!

elizabeth gilbert big magic mommy on the spot erin janda rawlings

I hope to see some familiar faces at these events!  It’s going to be a great Sunday!

If you are going to go, feel free to tweet or message me!


Lori Albright said...

Funny coincidence...I just listened to your Magic Lessons podcast today for the very first time and looked you up to see if you are still pursuing writing and if we could connect! So great that you are establishing such a positive community and seeing changes! I resonated with so much that you shared on the podcast! I have been thinking about starting my own Training/Professional Development business but have been on the "runway" for years! I have spoken at conferences, made connections, worked with experts, etc. and still remain on the ground ;) I just got the opportunity to stay home with my girls (2 year old twins) because of a new job my husband got and a move that we made. I am loving it but feeling so many of the things you mentioned in your podcast. Thanks so much for being so honest with Elizabeth Gilbert and for inspiring me today!!

Erin Janda Rawlings said...

Thanks so much for the comment Lori! I am so glad the episode resonated with you!

Take this opportunity to get off the runway! It's not easy, but it is so worth it!


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