Badass Babes: Erica from Truth Tea
A few months ago I was at a blogging event awkwardly lurking in the corner. Let me tell you about blogging events: they are totally fun and completely terrifying. It involves a lot of picture taking, a lot of networking, and a lot of straining to hear everything you can when the host finally presents. They are invigorating, inspiring, and still a little scary to me. At this particular event I was surrounded by some of the biggest names in Seattle blogging feeling painfully under-dressed. I was essentially surrounded by the women who I one day hope to be and feeling 500% intimidated. I had a bottles worth of dry shampoo in my hair, was wearing old jean, and felt like a scared kid on the first day of school.
I was awkwardly pouring myself champagne and standing in a corner (not even kidding), when I saw another lone blogger babe to my left. She was wearing an adorable outfit, killer lipstick, and looked like she appreciated a good joke. I sauntered up to her, made some corny comment about how awkward wandering around taking pictures was, and instantly hit it off with Erica from Truth Tea. My new beloved blogger friend. Ever since she has been the little voice in my inbox giving me a laugh or inspiration right when I need it most. She's the kind of gal I just feel so honored to have met.
To be honest, the blogging world can be a lonely one. A lot of what I do is just sit on my ass at home editing pictures and making sure I am meeting my campaign deadlines. Most of my friends have traditional desk jobs, so it can be hard to find somebody who understands the confusing hustle of running your own business. Erica gets it. She is sassy and snarky and whip-smart and I am so glad that I met her in person. She loves food and her silly dog, so we are basically the same fucking person. She just quit her corporate gig to pursue being her own boss-lady (oh hey, sound like anybody else you know?!) and I can't WAIT to share her with you!
Tell me about yourself! What makes you tick? What do you do?
I'm originally from New York but moved to Seattle a few years ago. I moved here and didn't know a single person, but really wanted to push myself and see if I could do this whole life thing on my own. In NYC, I was a music journalist but traded that career in for social media and spent most of my adult life climbing that slippery corporate ladder. I decided last month what I didn't want to live that life any longer and now I do freelance social media strategy for companies I love, I work at a bakery part time and I work on my blog over at thetruthtea.com! Sounds a lot more glamorous than it actually is, but I don't dread Mondays any longer and that was my ultimate goal. I was inspired by kick ass babes (like you) to do what I wanted to do!
Donuts + Down Dog is all about balanced living. How do you find balance in your life?
To be honest, I still am trying to find that balance. I have a lot of anxiety if I'm not working and I tend to work a bunch for days and then burn myself out and then after a few days of doing nothing, the cycle starts again. Working from home now is teaching me how to have that balance and still set "office hours" for myself to make sure I get the work done. I always, always make sure I give myself weekends off though. That's my one rule.
What is your own personal Donuts + Down Dog? (aka, whats your favorite treat and your favorite way to move that bod!)
PIZZA. I wish it could be something with alliteration like yours -- like pizza and pilates or something. But I really love those YouTube dance workout videos. There's this one where this guy strictly does Rihanna choreography and I'm obsessed with him and it doesn't even feel like a workout. I used to love Zumba too. I just love to dance! And walk. I miss walking around NYC all the time, Seattle is sadly not that walkable.
What is the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
Probably my own self doubt and fear. I did what I thought I was supposed to do my whole life -- went to college, got a steady job, got good grades, etc. I didn't grow up with much stability in my life so when I became an adult I told myself that's all I wanted, even if I had to trade happiness for it. Eventually I started to realize that nothing is ever truly stable -- you can lose your job at any second, you could die tomorrow, etc. So why does it matter whether you do what you want or what you think you should do? I've spend a big part of 2017 getting out of my own way and at least trying to do something different, even if it scares me and I'm not entirely sure I can pull it off.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself 5 years ago, what would it be? Why?
Don't be so damn dramatic. 5 years ago, I just went through a bad break up and I wasn't making ends meet and I blamed it all on living in NYC, so I decided to leave because I thought running away from everything would fix it all (are you rolling your eyes yet?). But you follow yourself. I wish I would have calmed down and looked at the bigger picture, because I regret moving away monthly. But it taught me to take a step back, breathe and think through situations before acting.
What are your biggest sources of inspiration right now?
Babes like YOU! I am so scared of failing and going out on my own becoming a dumb mistake. No one I know has done anything like this, so it helps to read blogs of people who have and seminars about people doing this. One of the girls I interviewed for my Truth Tea Talks owns a company called JIG+SAW which is purely for women trying to do their own thing. Seeing her build it from the ground up was super inspiring.
What are you most excited for in 2017? Beyond?
I don't have a single idea how this year is going to go, or even where I'll be in my life in the next month. I'm trying to find the excitement in that instead of fear.
What are some of your favorite things right now?
I've been binging 13 Reasons Why and I can't stop. I also just started The First Bad Man by Miranda July and I absolutely love everything that woman does; it's a great book so far. My favorite food will forever be pizza, and I'm obsessed with trying new ones around the area. Big Mario's in Lower Queen Anne is my favorite so far.
Jurlique Rose Water spray is the best. thing. ever. Even my boyfriend is obsessed with it. I wish they would just sponsor my life because I swear I've gotten hundreds of people to buy that bottle. It feels (and smells) so good on my sensitive/acne prone skin. Also Tony Moly masks! They're so cute and easy to apply. I've been listening to Drake, Big Sean and Kendrick's new songs/albums basically non stop. Also, Terror Jr -- so good.
Isn't Erica the CUTEST THING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN IN YOUR LIFE?! I am seriously so thankful to have met her a few months ago, and I am a big fan of her blog!
Learning about other women who were crushing it in their fields is what helped inspire me to make the big change that has been so worth it. Since I figured you could use a little inspiration too, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite badass babes regularly here in the upcoming months. I am so excited for you to meet them, guys. They are funny and smart and incredible and this is going to be awesome.
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