a seat at the table

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EPISODE No. 28

The Daring Romantics

THERE’S A SEAT AT THE TABLE FOR YOU. 

as humans, one of our innate desires is to belong. however, too often, we spend valuable time questioning if we belong and if we have a seat at the proverbial table of life. we allow our self-doubt to keep us from fully accepting the invitation to pull up a chair, sink into our seats, and claim our seat at the table— the place where we can be seen, our ideas can be heard, and where we can make a difference.

here’s the one and only truth that you need to know about the table: 

YOU BELONG.

let go of your preconceived ideas that tell you that you have to be rich + famous, older or younger, or from a certain demographic to have a seat of the table. you have a seat— just as you are. you don’t have to change anything about you to have a seat at the table. you merely have to accept the invitation. 

at the table— life happens, ideas are shared, movements are started, change is sparked, passion is ignited, and dreams come to life. at the table, you’ll find community and realize that you don’t have to do life and dreaming alone. at the table, you’ll come to an understanding that your voice matters and your contribution is important.

but, have no doubt, you cannot just accept the invitation to the table and then sit in silence. the table will ask some things of you. 

this week, on the daring romantics podcast, i’m opening up the conversation about the table and sharing my own experiences with questioning if i belonged at the table or not. throughout this episode, i hope that you feel encouraged by the truth that YOU BELONG and empowered to claim your seat and be all that you were called to be. and, yes, i’ll be sharing the five things that the table will ask of you once you claim your rightful place at the table. 

you, my friend, were born for such a time as this. it’s your time, it’s your season — to claim your spot at the table, to influence communities, and lead others to dreams come true. take ownership of your spot.

tune into episode no. 28 “a seat at the table” on iTunes

cheers and xo's, 

lindsey eryn

5 things that are slowing you down from reaching your goals

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Episode No. 27 

The Daring Romantics 

the other day, i was thinking back to the beginning of my journey as an entrepreneur. first off, i admit — i had no idea what i was getting myself into. and, truth be told, i didn’t even think of it as entrepreneurship. in my mind, i was launching a website to get some cash flow. the word “entrepreneur” didn’t cross my mind. 

but, thinking back to when i first started out  — i can remember that so many times, i sat frustrated that it was taking me what felt like forever to get to my goals. i felt like i was doing everything right, and couldn’t for the life of me understand why hitting certain goals was taking so long. 

have you ever felt like that? 

like, here you are—

on a mission, aiming to do something, to launch a product, to start a movement, or working to see real change happen — and it’s taking forever to accomplish the goals that you’ve set up for yourself along the way? 

if you an relate — you’re going to love this week’s episode of the daring romantics.

because, here’s the hard truth— 

sometimes, as humans we get in our own way. we don’t mean to. we have good intentions to reach our goals. but sometimes, the little things that we do, whether knowingly or unknowingly, get in our way and prevent us to reaching our goals in a timely manner.

it took me awhile to figure this out for myself. and, honesty, at times — it took a little swallowing of the pride and a willingness to change how i’ve always done things. but, once i started making little changes in my daily life — i noticed, i was hitting my goals and exceeding my goals faster than before.

in this week’s episode, i’m sharing 5 things that are slowing you down from reaching your goals and experiencing wild success. my  hope is that you'll walk away from this episode inspired and empowered to break some old habits and start some new ones.

because, you’ve got things to do in this world, my friend. you’ve got big ideas that need to come to life and other people’s destinies going to be impacted by you and your work. which means, there’s no time to waste. 

you cannot afford to let anything slow you down or keep you from being and doing all that you were created to do.

alright, get to it — listen to episode no. 27 on iTunes. ;) 

cheers and xo's, 

lindsey eryn

creating a healthy lifestyle

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when i started my journey as an entrepreneur, health and fitness was no where on my priority list. i always claimed i was “too busy”. i was on a mission to make impact, to grow my ideas, and bring something into the world that didn’t exist before. i’d work long days and sometimes never making it outside to breathe in the fresh air and often forgetting to eat meals. 

i didn’t even think twice about the habits that i was creating, because— everything was fine. well, that is— until it wasn’t. and i found myself having a seizure in a foreign country. 

for years, i had been neglecting myself and my basic needs. i worked hard. strived. and achieved. and, it was amazing — but, it was costing me my health. 

having a seizure was a wake-up call that i needed to hit the reset button and create new habits and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. 

i realized — i get one body in this lifetime. 

i don’t get to trade it in when it gets old or worn down. 

which means, i have to take care of it. 

i have to respect it. 

because, through respecting my body — i am respecting my purpose, my dreams, and the visions that i have for my life. 

the truth is simple — if we don’t take care of our bodies, our bodies cannot function in the way they were created, then we will not have the physical energy, strength, or capacity to continue pursuing or dreams and ideas. with that in mind, as dreamers, we cannot afford to not take care of our bodies. 

we have to pursue healthy living so that we can do all that we’ve set out to do.

once i came to an understanding of this — i changed my entire lifestyle. i started working out everyday and feeding my body the kind of foods that it needs in order to thrive. 

and what i found was that living a healthy lifestyle was actually propelling me forward so that i could be all that i wanted to be and do all that i wanted to do. i found myself going throughout my day with more energy, more creativity, and more capacity to push harder towards my goals. essentially, the thing that i was neglecting because i was “too busy”, was actually the very thing that i needed in order to reach the wild success in my life and business that i desired. 

this week, on the daring romantics podcast, i brought on haven brown, one of my best friends, to discuss what we, as dreamers and entrepreneurs, can do take better care of ourselves and create a healthy lifestyle — spirit, mind, and body. more than anything, i hope that you walk away from this episode empowered and challenged to continually pursue healthy living as you chase your dreams. 

tune into episode no. 26  “creating a healthy lifestyle” on iTunes

cheers and xo's 

lindsey eryn

how to be good at anything (even if you really really suck at it)

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The Daring Romantics

Episode No. 25 

if you listened to last week’s episode of the daring romantics, then you know that in college— i kept a document on my computer called “rabbit trails”. i knew that i wanted to write book one day, but knew that if that was going to happen — then i had to start practicing writing a lot of words and getting familiar with stringing together thoughts and ideas. i kept this document and used it as my teacher. everyday, i’d sit down and i’d write whatever came to mind and allow myself to rabbit trail from topic to topic. the next day, i’d pick up where i’d left off being inspired by whatever the last thought was. 

after listening to last week’s podcast episode, my dad told me was surprised to hear that in college i knew i wanted to write a book. as he winced his eyes and gave one of those parental apologetic smiles he said, “you were, at best, an average writer”.

nothing like the honest truth from your dad, right? 

but, in all honesty — he was right. i wasn’t very good. in fact, i wasn’t good at all. it’s safe to say that i had zero natural talent for writing and captivating an audience’s attention. 

fast forward, a decade later — and, things have changed. 

my writing skills have drastically improved. and, my words are floating all over the internet— captivating people, impacting their lives, and doing exactly what i intended them to do. 

i don’t say this to get a pat on the back. but, i share this — because, sometimes, as humans, we put so much emphasis on natural talent. when, natural talent is not the determining factor of whether we’ll be successful at something. 

time and time again, hard work has proven that it’s capable of trumping natural talent. don’t take my word for it though — there have been tons of studies on this. google it. 

here’s the thing: yes — natural talent is good. and yeah, it definitely gives someone the upper hand at achieving something. but, a person who is told over and over that he has talent would tend to decide that he does not have to work hard to attain success. 

on the other hand, when you have someone who isn’t naturally talented in something, but isn’t afraid to put in the hard work— you’ll see them outperforming even the smartest and most talented individuals. 

this week, on the daring romantics podcast, i’m sharing 7 things that i have done in order to go from a mediocre writer and designer to excellent. it’s not a secret formula or a magic potion, but — if you work hard and implement these 7 things into your life, i promise, you’ll see a shift in your work and skill level. hard work always pays off. 

tune into episode no. 25  “how to be good at anything (even if you really really suck at it) now on iTunes. 

cheers and xo’s, 

lindsey eryn 

the rabbit trails

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in college, i knew that i wanted to write a book. i also knew that i wasn’t a very good writer. i was determined that one day, somehow, i would make this goal and dream come to life. but, i knew that if it was going to happen — then, i had to prepare myself. 

i started a document on my computer and labeled it “rabbit trails”. and, everyday, i would sit down and about whatever came to mind. i wouldn’t set a timer or have any requirements— other than the fact that i had to be faithful to write whatever came to mind. i stopped writing when i felt like i had reached an end of a thought. but, many times — as i would write, i would rabbit trail. one thought would lead to another, and i would let it. the next day, when i came back to my “rabbit trails” document, i would pick up where i left off. whatever thought i ended on the previous day, i would let inspire what came next. there was no overarching theme, and i liked it like that. because, through this fluid thinking i felt like i discovered some of my deepest truths. 

okay, why am i telling you this? 

because, as i was thinking about this week’s podcast — i missed the rabbit trails, the whimsical way of communicating and conversing. 

i mean, think about it. i can pretty much guarantee that some of your favorite conversations in this world are ones that rabbit trailed. conversations where you started off talking about one idea and ended up somewhere else at the end of the conversation. you’re not sure how you got there— but, one thing led to the next. and it was good. 

so, yeah. this week, there’s no overarching theme. it’s just a conversation between you and me.

i can tell you though — i do talk about these things: 

  1. life / work  / dreams doesn’t always go as planned. 
  2. someone stole my credit card
  3. be kind anyways
  4. you don’t always have to defend your point
  5. less is more, and good leaders edit themselves
  6. friday night lights 
  7. be gentle
  8. nordstrom’s return policy 
  9. appeasing people vs. people pleasing 
  10. there’s strength in numbers 

while this episode is non-traditional, there’s something in here for everyone.  i think you’ll enjoy. just imagine we’re sitting on the couch with a glass of wine or road tripping up the california coast. 

alright, you can tune into episode no. 24 “the rabbit trails” on iTunes. 

p.s. do me a favor? if you enjoy the podcast, leave a comment and review for me on itunes. i’ll be forever thankful. ;)

cheers and xo's,

lindsey eryn 

don't wish it away

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The Daring Romantics

Episode No. 23

i hate hard things. 

okay, hate is a strong word. but, i strongly dislike hard moments in life and business. 

i don’t even have to define “hard stuff” and you can probably give it a title, because, we’ve all walked through hard things that have pushed us outside of our comfort zone. 

whether it’s being challenged in our careers with projects that feel out of our league, experiencing tension or friction with another human being, trying to figure out the next step of life, brainstorming how to solve a problem that we’re experiencing, learning something new that feels completely foreign, dealing with money and budgets, or trying to break through limits in our businesses.

literally, there are so many hard things that we can come up against in our lives as humans and as business owners.

i admit — for alot of my life, i wished away the hard stuff. 

i’d come up against something that challenged me or something that made me feel uncomfortable — and i’d dread it. and, more than likely, if you were around me — you’d hear this deep and dramatic *sigh* with a little whine that mumbled “ugh, i wish this wasn’t happening.” 

but, one day — i had an epiphany. if i wanted to see all my dreams come true and accomplish something wilder than my imagination, then i needed to embrace the hard moments that were arising in my life and lean into them. because, without them, i wouldn’t be forged into a person that was capable of holding my wild dreams and ideas. 

you see, the hard stuff — it shapes us, refines us, and gives us the strength to break the glass ceilings that we are experiencing in our lives. 

so, yeah— walking through hard experiences is still not my favorite past time. but, these days, i can be at peace when i experience hard moments / challenges / obstacles — knowing that if i lean into them, then when i get to the other side of the challenge, i’ll be a stronger, better human. i’ll be more brave, more daring, and more courageous in order to take on new territory and do what people thought was impossible for me. 

this week, on the daring romantics podcast, i’m diving deep into this idea of not wishing way the hard stuff in life. we need the hard stuff. because, without the difficulties and challenges, we cannot become the people that we were intended to be and do all that we were purposed to do. 

tune into episode no. 23 “don’t wish it away” on iTunes. my greatest hope, is that after you listen to this episode — you’ll have a fresh perspective the next time you encounter something hard.

we’re all in this together, my friend. 

i hope you enjoy the episode. ;) 

p.s. if you enjoy the episode, would you subscribe, rate, and review the podcast? i’ll be forever grateful. ;) 

cheers and xo's, 

lindsey eryn

it's more than just making a living

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The Daring Romantics 

Episode No. 22

there’s one question that i keep pondering lately, and it’s this: “is what we’re doing changing people’s lives or making them feel they are falling behind?” 

in the journey of entrepreneurship, self-promotion kinda becomes a way of living— a way of doing. we’ve become so accustomed to promoting ourselves, over romanticizing ordinary moments to make it look better on social media, boasting about our accomplishments, and puffing our chests to show off what we’ve built — but what for? 

yeah, i get it — all of this comes with the territory. 

it comes with the day and age we live in and we can easily chalk it up to “marketing”. 

but, entrepreneurship is more than just making a living, it’s about influencing people’s lives for the better. 

as daring romantics, if we’re going to be about people — then, we need to take a moment to stop and pause and see if what we’re doing is actually helping people or making them feel like no matter how much or how hard they work they’ll never attain this picture perfect pinterest worthy lifestyle that we’re portraying — a lifestyle that isn't even real, because it's only a sliver of the full picture. 

we need to take a moment to pause and ask ourselves — are we allowing our humanness to shine through? or is what we are doing isolating ourselves and blocking actual human connection from happening? 

in this week’s episode of the daring romantics, i’m diving into this concept and i hope more than anything it’s food for thought. i’m sharing some simple things that each of us can do in order to make sure that what we are doing is impacting people’s lives instead of making them feel like they are falling behind in life.

if there’s one thing that each of us crave in this life — it’s human connection. i hope that this episode reminds you that it’s a powerful thing to share your not-so-perfect, ever-in-need-of-grace human side even as you’re building your dreams and ideas. 

we’re all in this together, my friends. 

tune into episode no. 22 “it’s more than just making a living” on iTunes

cheers and xo's, 

lindsey eryn

it might as well be you

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The Daring Romantics

Episode No. 21

on one of my last days in london, i had the most beautiful conversation with someone i met in the pub. as they told me their dream, they said "i know it may be a little ambitious — but that's what i want." the conversation left and impression on me and inspired me. because, the truth is: someone is going to go out in the world and be ambitious enough to make dreams a reality. and, with that in mind, the ambitious people might as well be us! and we should never make any apologies for being wildly ambitious. 

ambition, with an earnest heart and a soul that is deeply convicted by an idea, is never a bad thing. in fact, it’s a good thing — it’s necessary in order for the world to progress, to move forward, to be inspired, to create, to invent, and to be everything that we were created to be.

as daring romantics, it’s time that we stop taming our ambition to please people and to make them feel comfortable. because, the world needs our ambition. as mark twain said, “keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” 

in this week's episode of #thedaringromantics podcast, i'm sharing 3 things that every wildly ambitious dreamer ought to keep in mind as they forge ahead— undisturbed by realities— and bring dreams to life.

my greatest hope is that you’ll walk away from the episode with confidence in your ambitious and be unapologetic about your drive and willingness to strive for the impossible. 

tune in to episode no. 21 on iTunes, here.  

cheers and xo's, 

lindsey eryn