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Hey everyone. Stay tuned to the end of the interview where I’ll give you some actionable insights that I learned from my guest. These insights are also in the show notes. As always, thanks for listening.
Now on to my guest today, Erin McCullough, a speaker, presenter, and “joy coach” who works with leaders and entrepreneurs to address anxiety and to find their joy.
Erin’s journey started with developing an anxiety disorder that became so extreme that she couldn’t leave her house. After a year, she found some relief from a homeopathic psychiatrist and moved to Hawaii. There she built a thriving business and started a family. Yet she realized she was still living a life that had her constantly stressed out and overwhelmed and she started searching for answers, reading self-help books and attending seminars.
After her divorce, she found herself looking for tools to help her, but nothing seemed to stick. She credits her turning point when she started reading A Course in Miracles, particularly where she was encouraged to start living a life of joy. She also attended a visualization workshop which taught her the tools she needed to transform her life, enabling her to sell her business and move to a new stage of her journey. It was then that she started a business teaching and coaching others about how to live a more joyous life.
As a “joy slinger,” Erin teaches that we create our own experiences, and that in recognizing that we are not our thoughts or feelings, but a being who can focus on creating a life we love, and living in joy. Joy, distinct from happiness, is not dependent on external factors, such as who or what is in our life. She stresses that the pursuit of making money cannot be our end goal; that we need to find our alignment with our purpose in life.
Now let’s get better together.
- Acknowledge that you can’t control other people or events. Focus on what you can control - which is really only yourself - and let the rest take care of itself.
- There’s no guarantee of success and the sooner you drop that belief, the better.
- Don’t rely on external people, events, or things to be happy. Instead, cultivate joy in the present moment experience.
- Get 100% aligned on a deep level around your business or vocation. Live your purpose.
- Your body keeps the score when it comes to stress, strain, and trauma. Find the time to move around to downregulate your body so you can have more joy in your life.
Links to Explore Further
- Erin’s Website
- Erin Mac on LinkedIn
- Erin on YouTube
- Love and Peas Foundation Facebook page
- Erin Mac on Instagram
- Book mentioned: The Body Keeps the Score