Manifesting your dream job + spiritual musings with gorgeous moon mama ERICA KMIEC

Hi guys!

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:

  1. 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!

  2. 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 ericarachelk@gmail.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!!!

xoxo

Krista

Crystals you NEED for your workspace (plus a $100 giveaway from Energy Muse!)

Hi there!

How are ya? How was the weekend? I'm thinking to post on Tuesdays now instead of Monday. I feel Mondays are 'back to the grind' days? Tuesdays may be better but if you have thoughts, let me know!

Anyway, I went to Vegas last weekend for my friend Emily's bachelorette. It was so good to see friends (it's always worth it!), but the low was definitely the TRAFFIC on the way back. A 5 hour drive turned into 8 hours. I pretty much went insane (you know if you saw my snap ha!) 

Today however, I'm writing from my little at home desk, in our bungalow apartment in Venice.

I say bungalow because it seems more California than saying 'small'. But, it's perfect, and we're by the beach. What more could ya want?

(Actually I definitely want A/C because for some reason they don't have it on the West side in Cali!)

Since I started working from home about a year ago, I've really thought about the desk space and home office. It's super important to be conscious about your workspace, whether you are home or in a corporate office. 

It's like, 9 hours of your day! 

At my desk, I have my succulents, orchids, my buddha, and of course my crystals.

Bringing me good vibes, cutting the EMF and any negative energy.

You guys know I am a huge crystal fan who believes in the energy they bring and the magic they have.

I wrote about it here, and here and am SO EXCITED that with this post I am partnering with Energy Muse to do a giveaway for you.

$100 dollars worth of free crystals for your workspace!

Energy Muse is an amazing company based out of California. They are the numero uno crystal babes, with a true dedication to inspiring others and are very KNOWLEDGEABLE about crystals and anything in the spiritual realm.


Included in the giveaway:

EVERY crystal we discuss in this post for you to keep at your home office, or bring to work (to ward off those negative work vibes and bring clarity to your everyday!)

Shungite Pyramid

A MASSIVE Selenite wand

Citrine Point

4 Black Tourmaline chunks

Fluorite


How to win:

Follow @hundredblogla on Instagram

Follow Energy Muse @energymuse on Instagram

Tag a friend (or two!) you think would love win, and comment on my Instagram which crystal you'd love to have most!

That's it!

The winner will be announced next Friday, July 29th.


Quick story about Energy Muse before we discuss the crystals in this giveaway and their benefit.

I went to the Energy Muse store in Torrence, and was BLOWN AWAY at how thoughtful, gorgeous, and welcoming the store was.

(They also let dogs in! This is Erica's dog Bo!)

At their store, I met with my friend and mega-babe, Erica who runs their influencer marketing. She's huge into energy, the moon, crystals and all things love and spirituality. So, it was nice to chat with her about lots of mutual things we have in common.

Like crystals, spirituality and blogging - she is 1/2 of SOLO!

In SOLO, Erica recently wrote about being laid off from her previous job a few months ago.

Knowing it wasn't the right fit for her, and that it didn't align to her deeper self, she reached out to Energy Muse to discuss a position she wanted to propose, and shortly after, she was starting her new dream career.

 Going from being laid off, to doing the job of her dreams that she manifested herself.

She wrote about it here - it's a DOPE story.

One of my favorites of the year.

I am going to interview Erica in more detail in a few months to discuss this further.

But, lets get to it, the crystals included in this giveaway from Energy Muse!


Crystals that will make a HUGE difference in your workspace

Shungite Pyramid 

Amethyst Stone

Amethyst Stone

Where to place: Place on or near your electronics you are working with daily - computer, laptop, iPad etc.

Meaning: Shungite is a tool of electromagnetic protection. It shields against negative, harmful energy while increasing work performance. The pyramid shape enhances higher vibrations and allows its healing properties to be carried a farther distance.

Black Tourmaline 

Where to place: Place 4 pieces in 4 corners of your room where your work space is.

Meaning: Black Tourmaline is one of the most powerful stones. It magnifies the protective energy frequency within a space and creates a protective shield.

(I also use a small Black Tourmaline stone to wear in my bra everyday to ward off any negativity!)


Selenite

Where to place: Place on your window sill

Meaning: Selenite is a great cleansing tool that dispels all negative energy while creating serenity and mental clarity within a space. It aids in energy blockages allowing a free, positive flow of energy through one's body.

 

Citrine

Where to place: Place on your business cards or in your wallet

(I actually wrote about my business cards here and keep my citrine point on top of mine!)

Meaning: Citrine is an amazing manifestation stone that heightens all wishes and intentions especially ones pertaining to manifesting wealth, prosperity and abundance. It is powered by the energy of the Sun therefore does not hold any negative energy.

Fluorite

Where to place: Place on your desk 

Meaning: Fluorite is known for its rejuvenation. It clears and resets the mind during times of "monkey brain", confusion, indecisiveness and negativity. It also ensures a constant flow of positive energy.

(YES PLEASE!)


I have been really loving Selenite lately especially to calm down and ease anxiety. Erica taught me to rest the wand on my chest and it REALLY calms. You can actually feel it working on your nervous system.

I've been doing that each night and I LOVE it.

Plus I've always really loved Citrine, because when I meditate with it, I notice a serious shift in my good fortune.

All of these crystals though, are amazing.

It feels really good that I can work with an AMAZING company like Energy Muse to give you something that's worth over $100 dollars. Products that I feel really matter.

That increase wealth and abundance, clear negative energy and create a more open workspace. 

(Closed mouth smile).

So cool right? This is a huge giveaway and I REALLY love my crystals and Energy Muse so I am excited about this one!

What questions do have for me about crystals, my workspace, or even about working from home? Do you work from home? Let's swap tips!

 If you have any questions for Energy Muse, I can also have them answer and discuss :)

Do you guys have crystals or use them? I'd love to know your favorites.

Feeling good about this, and loving you!

Have the best day!

xo

Krista

P.S. Thanks to Energy Muse for partnering with me to sponsor this post! Major credit to Erica Kmiec for being such a great partner, visionary and friend!

Photos: 2, 4, 6 via Energy Muse