Happy you're here. Hope the week is going well. Anything happening? How's life?
I am so excited to share one of my babes with you. Someone that is currently working her dream job, who is super spiritual, creative, beautiful and full of insights. Whenever we hang, I leave with so many things to google and ways I can more deeply connect with myself, love myself or basically live a better life.
Real quick, Erica works at Energy Muse (who I did a post with previously) and works with MAJOR influencers and brands as their marketing outreach manager. She's chatting daily with the likes of Fashion Lush, The Balanced Blonde, Sakara Life and other leading ladies in the space. She's also super knowledgeable about the horoscopes, crystals, self-care, self-love and beauty. I mean, she's truly a model in every sense of the word. She's tall, thin, unique, always tan (she's half Mexican) has the longest lashes you've ever seen (naturally) and truly takes your breath away!
I love her because she's the best listener. Have you ever spoken to someone and just felt...heard? It's like that with Erica.
So this interview is SO GOOD to share her beauty secrets and tricks, to learn how to manifest your dream job, how to use crystals, some of her favorites, and some of the positives and negatives of being in the social media space.
You guys actually may remember my interview with Erica and Ryan from SOLO (She Only Lives Once) blog a while back. She's there too!
So, here we are! My interview with Erica!
Tell us a little about who you are what you do?
Well, I'm Erica and I'm a Maaarketing Outreach Manager at Energy Muse, a crystal healing & crystal healing jewelry company in Torrance (come check us out!).
My role here is to collaborate with brands, influencers and events that align with our mission in order to help Energy Muse grow and spread some soulful energy along the way! :)
When I'm not in the office, you can find me meditating, running, journaling, wine tasting, studying my natal chart, reading spiritual self-love books, grabbing a spoonful of peanut butter and enjoying every precious moment in life with friends, family, my fiancé & pup, @bundleofbo.
Can you tell us about the journey that brought you to your dream job at Energy Muse?
How much time do we have? Haha! I'll try to simplify it as much as I can with this timeline:
January 2014 - Moved to California with my fiancé
March 2014 - Accepted a full-time position at a college marketing agency
June 2014 - Anxiety came rolling in by storm because of unhappiness & apprehension with my career…I was well on my way down a dark spiral
August 2014 - Attended a doctor’s appointment for anxiety and refused western medicine treatment because of my beliefs & values
September 2014 - Meditation practice and spiritual journey began
October 2014-September 2015 - Conducted A LOT of internal soul searching because even though I was unhappy in my career, I had no idea what I wanted to do - I maintained an open-mind, interviewed with other companies, asked for guidance, prayed, continued to meditate & just tried to live my life one beat at a time
October 2015 - Witnessed my first natal chart reading, which was a game changer & I attended my first New Moon Circle in Venice where I learned the magical powers of setting intentions surround by a circle of women
November 2015-March 2016 - With much curiosity & intuition it became more clear on what I was looking for in my next position, I planted my "dream career" seeds where ever I could and watered them with all of my spiritual tools.
I set intentions under every New Moon each month, had coffee dates with wellness leaders, asked mentors about their career paths, attended holistic events, read a bazillion self-improvement books, listened to inspirational podcasts, journaled, meditated, visualized and had pure abundant faith
March 2016 - During a mighty solar eclipse, I was let go from my role and was it ever a blessing in disguise. I wasn't courageous enough to do it myself so the universe did it for me!
April 2016 - BAM! I landed my job at Energy Muse!
Of course there are so many other life details that occurred, but this is a great summary! :)
What's amazing about what you do?
There are so many amazing aspects, but these two parts really stand out:
Connecting with like-minded souls everyday - meditation guides, astrologists, yoga teachers, reiki healers, holistic beauty experts etc. I'm so passionate about all of these wellness realms and I'm grateful that I’m able to associate myself with such individuals! Their experiences, wisdom & high vibrational energies are pure motivation for me!
Learning and absorbing so much meaningful information - from my co-founders telling stories about shamans & healers they’ve encountered, to researching various spiritual practices, to my co-worker, Sara teaching me about every crystal known to man, their properties & uses. I’m a sponge just soaking everything up & loving every moment of it!
I once watched a lecture by Caroline Myss where she discusses how it's in our human nature to crave instructions & direction - we must seek out teachers & mentors because if we don't, our basic instincts will take over - meaning, we would plateau, get "comfortable" & stay there.
It's no one's fault if this ever happens to us because it's simply in our DNA, but that is why it is so important for us to SEEK out people we admire & want to learn from so they can help us reach our highest potential!
I'm so grateful to be in a position, where I'm able to do this. Sorry for the ramble, but I'm a huge advocate of this if you can't tell already! Haha!
As I’m typing all of this out, I’m getting chills & a bit of déjà vu - In October 2015 I attended my first New Moon Circle & one of my first intentions I ever wrote was,
“I am gracefully finding myself being surrounded my like-minded, spiritual women who support one another. I am positively influenced by these women- they guide me, mentor me & inspire me as I continue down my purposeful path.”
And here I am. Crazy, right?
What's it like working in social media? Can you talk about the positives and the negatives?
Social media can be a black hole or it can be a light one!
It all comes down to the type of content you are surrounding yourself with. Being in the spiritual wellness world, Energy Muse as a brand is surrounded by content full of uplifting quotes, beautiful recipes, breathtaking travel pictures & overall positive images.
With my own personal social mediums, I try to do the same by only following handles & influencers who soulfully serve me & motivate me.
I try to stay away from a lot of influencers & brands (models, musicians, high-end brands etc.) that are big in the media because I know they easily trigger me.
Obviously, this is easier said than done & OF COURSE I get sucked into the "I wish" mode - I wish I had this, I wish I looked like that, I wish I could do that etc. - I wouldn't be human if I said otherwise! The moment I catch myself having negative thoughts or mindlessly scrolling on my phone, I acknowledge what I'm doing, let go, put my phone down & think of 3 things I love about myself or that I am grateful for. That quickly re-centers me & brings me back home.
You said it best once before! Instagram & other social outlets are highlights of everyone's BEST selfie, best travel picture, best yoga pose, best recipe, best everything & knowing that also helps keep everything into perspective. :)
Do you have negative self talk ever, and how do you handle it?
I acknowledge all negative self-talk - no matter how loud & crazy it sounds. In fact, I don't know about you, but I've come to notice that the more I dedicate my life to a path of spiritual awakening & enlightenment, the rowdier my ego gets, but it's okay! You know why? Because I have learned that my negative self-talk & my ego are not apart of me or my soul, not even a little. It is completely separate from my authentic self & appears just to try to shake things up a little!
I was recently thinking & I like to compare my ego to a bad telemarketer.
When she comes a knocking on my door, I acknowledge her, have a nice, polite dialogue with her about whatever it is she is trying to "sell" to me (usually in my case it's usually self-doubt & lack of confidence) then politely ask her to leave & say my goodbyes.
Poof! Be gone girl!
Can you tell us what manifesting is, and what you did to manifest this dream job you have?
To me, manifesting is digging deep into our soul & discovering our hopes, dreams & desires and then bringing them to fruition, making them happen!
I’d like to say manifesting my dream job was as simple as 1-2-3, but it definitely was not! It was a rollercoaster of many highs and even more lows - there was quite a bit of work that went into getting me to where I am now, but I'll try to break it down as simply as possible in these 5 steps:
1. Meditate and visualize your dream job! Be consistent and do this every morning.
2. Write New Moon intentions every month. Be specific!
What is it exactly you want in your position? What are your co-workers like? How do you feel at work? What are you doing on a day-to day basis?
3. Connect with women who inspire you! Go on Linkedin. Research. Attend events. Make lunch dates, coffee dates, yoga dates with individuals who you admire and can learn from.
4. Surrender. Remember, you are fully taken care of and you have everything you need right now. Be grateful for that.
5. Be patient and remain present. Live moment by moment and trust that the Universe is working for you and in your favor. Let go of the outcome, dwell in the now and be in the joy.
One of my favorite quotes from ACIM states, "Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and to wait without anxiety.”
Are there any moments of magic that really stick out to you through your journey?
Ah - synchronicity! I love it! Yes!
There has been a few moments that really stand out, but my absolute favorite moment happened a few months ago.
This past March I was unexpectedly laid off of my job.
Once that happened (and the mopeyness & sadness passed) I immediately started emailing all of the companies and POCs I've networked with over the past couple of years.
I met the co-founders of Energy Muse at a women's networking event in Orange County about 2 years ago. I was drawn to their energy, their inspiring story & gorgeous crystals! They made such a remarkable, lasting impression on me that they were one of the first I emailed when I lost my job. The same day I emailed them, their marketing manager had put in her 2 week notice. It was absolutely meant-to-be & divine timing!
You are so stunning! :) Let us in on some beauty secrets you swear by.
Krista, girl, you are too sweet!
Clean eating, sufficient sleep (I need a full 8 hours!) & staying hydrated are my number one!
I'm a big fan of saying self-love affirmations quietly to myself while I'm washing/moisturizing my face:
I nourish my skin with love, gentleness & kindness
My skin glows from the inside out
I'm grateful for my inner & outer beauty
Right now I'm using Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel, Eminence (Eucalyptus Face Wash & Wild Plum Eye Cream), Poppy + Austin (Vitamin C Serum & Retinol Green Tea Cream) & La Lune Apothecary (Anti-Aging Serum & Cardamon Coffee Scrub) products.
I’m also am in LOVE with my jade roller, which I use almost daily by itself or with a serum! :)
**Get a jade roller here for cheap! I have one and LOVE it too!
I do at least 1 mask a week!
Either an activated charcoal mask, an indian clay mask or a florapy mask! I like to crystalize my my masks too depending on my mood! If I’m feeling like I need a detox, I might add some shungite or black tourmaline to my facial or if I’m feeling a little stressed out, I’ll add fluorite and amethyst.
You can read more about how I use crystals in my facials here.
What's your favorite crystal right now?
It's so hard to pick just one! My go-to favorites right now are:
Lepidolite - I love lepidolite and place it at the top of my third eye during svanasana - it calms me, soothes me + creates a deeper connection to my intuition. It also is a beauty stone of Cleopatra so it doesn't hurt to harness some of that lovely energy into my world :)
Black Tourmaline - I'm super sensitive to other people's energies so I always carry black tourmaline in my pocket/purse to ground me, protect me from energy vampires + rid my body of energy that doesn't serve me. Works like a charm!
Selenite - Selenite is my f a v o r i t e crystal! It cleanses my body of any stagnant energy, creating a fluid flow for clear, light energy + promotes soft healing. I use it during meditation, for aura cleanses + during my night time ritual. Every night when I lay down for bed, I place my selenite wand over my heart + solar plexus charka along with my lepidolite over my third eye. I sleep like a b a b y!
**I do that too, and LOVE IT!
Who are some women that inspire you?
First & foremost, my amazing madre inspires me!
She has always taught me to trust my intuition, even when I was a little girl she would consistently tell me, "Listen to your intuition. Listen to your gut. It is ALWAYS right.”
She really. really ingrained that into me & I appreciate it now more than ever!
All of the women in my family have had such an influence on my life! My grandmas, aunts & cousins - they've shown me what it means to embrace my feminine strengths, to honor my vulnerability & that emotions are a beautiful, beautiful thing.
There is something so special about being a woman in this lifetime & there are so many incredible women doing some pretty epic things.
I am so fortunate to be in the same realm of these women & to have them apart of my life - my managers at Energy Muse, Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Natalie Kuhn, Taryn Toomey, The New Moon Circle co-founders, Danielle Beinstein and Paula Mallis, Danielle Mercurio, Rachelle Tratt, Lulu Brud, Elissa Goodman, Cassandra Bodzak, Fern Olivia, Aimee Bello, Melissa Mizer & YOU chica!
And of course there is always Marianne Williamson, Pema Chodron, Gabby Bernstein, Oprah, Karlie Kloss, Christy Turlington, Jessica Alba, Rose-Marie Swift etc.
I LOVE them all!
What are some of your favorite mantras you use to bring yourself back to light?
I LOVE affirmations! You can catch my shouting them out loud on my way to work in my car or reciting them in the mirror in the morning :)
"I am here to bring more love, joy and light into the world."
"I radiate beauty, confidence and grace."
"I'm creating the life of my dreams, in my mind, in my world and in my heart."
During my meditations, I use Sanskrit mantras because they make me feel more connected. My go-to’s are:
Om Hakini Namaha - a mantra for activating our intuition
Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyeh Swaha - a mantra for attracting abundance into our lives
Om Shanti – a mantra for wishing peace for all
Ishvara Pranidhana - a mantra for having blind faith that we are exactly where we need to be
What are you excited about right now?
I feel as though my soul is super charged right now!
I’m very excited about my future in general. I don’t know exactly what it may bring (although I am working on a special project, launch date TBD!), but my intuition tells me it's spectacular & I cannot wait to watch it unravel & see what this beautiful universe has in store for me!
To be a little more specific, I'd have to say my wedding!
Goodness, that is approaching quickly! I’ll be a Mrs. in February 2017, which I am over-the-moon about! And as you can imagine I will certainly be mixing some crystals in here & there :)
P.S. If there are any bride-to-be’s out there interested in using crystals, please contact me! I’ve used them for de-stressing, bridal shower activities, gifts, relationship rituals etc.
Where can people connect with you and learn more :)
I love connecting with people!
Whether you’re spiritually curious, a crystal junkie, want to learn more about intention setting, manifesting your dream job or just want to chat - I’m all yours!
You can find me at email@example.com & my IG is @ericarachelk - I have a blog with a friend, Ry, but our site is currently getting a little revamp!
Okay so using those mantras ASAP, reading up on some of those amazing babes...theres so many good exercises here I just LOVE how much she shared. I am so thankful for her insight and guidance :)
Okay lots to discuss, manifesting your dream job, social media and working in that industry, affirmations, trusting your intuition. What do you think? What did you connect with? Let me know so I can bring more to you!
Loving this, and you!!!