Welcome to Woman Up Wednesday!
Where I link you up with the women who have had incredibly powerful impact on my life. A huge part of my why is to show other girls and women that they have options. They have ways to explore their creativity and healing. Growing up in extremely conservative Christian church circles, I knew from a really young age what I didn’t want for my life. We knew some fantastic families and women, but my inner empath is a powerful detector of pain and lack of fulfillment. A large percentage of the women we knew weren’t happy or free. They weren’t living into their callings, they were living the life they were told made them holy.
I knew that path wasn’t for me, however I didn’t have other women to look up to and follow that showed alternatives. I finally sought them out in my adult life. I am so excited to bring them to you, and share the impact they’ve had on me and my journey.
So, let me introduce you to Erin Brown! Erin is an author, activist and speaker from Lawrence, Kansas. I found Erin through Girls Gone Strong several years ago, when she (and I) were more focused on empowering fitness. Her books and presence have played a vital role in my healing. There are three, and she is working on a fourth which I can’t wait to get my hands on.
Soon after Sovereign came out, Erin released affirmation cards. I use these almost daily. Having those cards and her books is like having her sitting next to me, sharing her wealth of experience and all the healing work she has done. Empathizing and affirming me, while still calling me to be and do more. Erin released these cards when I was actively moving through seasonal depression, and they were a complete lifeline in that season specifically.
Erin also came to Connecticut (!) and hosted a “Sovereign” workshop in January. It was phenomenal, and probably as close as I’ve come to fangirling over anyone I’ve met. My version of fangirling equals watching them closely from a corner, gathering the courage to ask for one selfie, and driving home in a trance.
It’s really hard for me to fully quantify the impact Erin has had on my life through her work.
Her instagram stories remind me she’s a real, human, woman.
How she talks about parenting, and Letters to Lola, reminds me that it’s possible to break cycles of trauma for the next generation. That our healing not only matters, but is vital to healing our world.
Engaging with her through social media shows me the life of an artist and creator.
Participating in her many projects has shown me that growing and changing as a creator and artist is amazing, that we can always continue to reinvent without shame.
Reading Sovereign, and regularly using her affirmation cards as mantras, has constantly reminded me to keep choosing my integrity.
She has reminded me I am capable.
She has reminded me I am strong.
She has reminded me that those who are meant for me, will keep walking with me on my growth journey.
She has reminded me to seek healing.
She has reminded me to seek a sisterhood.
She has reminded me I’m worthy.
She has reminded me to take care of myself, but to keep showing up.
So, if you’re not already following her; let me formally introduce you! Her books and cards are linked through the pictures above, but can be found on Amazon, and her instagram is @iamerinbrown
Her website is www.iamerinbrown.info
I hope she illuminates your healing journey as wonderfully as she has mine.
Megan is a writer and creator from Wallingford, CT. She is passionate about empowering women to step into the full power and identity they were created to embrace and claim.