IS THIS MIC ON CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER: ERYN SHIELDS
we recently spoke with ERYN SHIELDS OF STYLE SEW ME to learn how she is amplifying her voice through her brand.
My voice deserves to be heard because....
I have overcome the struggles that so many women don't want to talk about to become my best and boldest self, create a business from my passions, and walk in my purpose. I offer my tribe boldness, transparency, encouragement, and education so they can create a life they can feel proud of. I'm a believer in straight-talk, tough love, and execution over perfection.
“Finding your voice means to listen to your gut, ask questions, and be bold in your decisions.”
What does finding your voice mean to you?
I found my voice after becoming a mother. I did not want to lose myself and my desires to motherhood and marriage. I still wanted to own a piece of myself and carve out time to feed my soul. I realized that I am no good to anyone else, if I'm not good to myself. Finding your voice means to listen to your gut, ask questions, and be bold in your decisions. It's not about perfection, it is about claiming your space and walking boldly in it. It's not about being fearless. It's about not letting fear paralyze you into becoming stuck.
Did your upbringing shape who you are today?
No, I wouldn't say so. I didn't find my space until I was approaching my mid-30s. I will say that "life" shaped me into who I am today. All of the decisions I've made, opportunities I've had (or missed because I didn't use my voice), and new people I've met these past few years have shaped me into who I am today.
Describe your journey? What was your defining moment?
My defining moment was when my first business failed. I did not allow that one failure to stop me. I wrote down and analyzed my lessons learned, picked myself back up, went back to the drawing board with new knowledge and tried again.
When I realized that failure is only an opportunity to do better, I was no longer afraid. That was freeing for me. My world opened up at that point.
Advice to someone in search of finding their voice in the entrepreneurial, influencer and creative space.
Be inspired by those around you, but understand that you have to find YOUR voice, not mimic someone else's. You will find the people that will ride for you, your tribe. You have a space to fill and people waiting on you to do so. Tune into who you are, your strengths, desires and goals, and manifest that into your projects. Your tribe will find you.
I founded an independent home sewing pattern company, Style Sew Me Patterns, that inspires and enables women to take back control of their personal style through sewing their own unique and stylish clothing at home. My company was born from my do-it-yourself focused fashion blog, StyleSewMe.com, that provides fashion inspiration for the everyday woman with online sewing classes and workshops, DIY video tutorials, and valuable resources to enable women to bring their creative style ideas to life.
Ultimately, Style Sew Me enables women to take control of their personal style and to have a creative passion that fills their soul.
How will you continue to amplify your voice?
I have created an inspiration and business coaching podcast called Life Unapologetic, that provides life and business coaching for women who want to organize their life, make more space for positivity, and create a business or brand from their passions.
My passion is to help women who struggle with lack of discipline and direction in life to identify what they desire out of life and to help them get there.