WHAT'S BEHIND THE HOMEPAGE?
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Meet Erin Shebish
Erin Shebish is a Certified Success Mindset Coach for female entrepreneurs. She helps women find their version of success by gaining clarity, direction, and confidence while eliminating the doubt that may surround pursuing their dreams.
But coaching female entrepreneurs wasn't what Erin set out to do.
After finding herself 19 and pregnant, Erin knew the typical corporate world wasn't going to work. So, at 20 years old, Erin's entrepreneurial journey began as a dog walker. Amidst business changes and health struggles, Erin found her way to work that she loves. But let's hear that story from her...
Now, imagine you're at a badass happy hour introducing yourself to Erin...
BEFORE WE DIVE RIGHT IN, LET'S START OUT WITH A QUICK ROUND OF THE QUESTION GAME…
CAFFEINE OR SUGAR?
Is there a difference? I want to say sugar but I have kids … I need caffeine!
WHAT TV SHOW COULD YOU BINGE WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN?
Psych. Favorite show of all time.
WHAT'S A FUN FACT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Even though I claim to be a mermaid, I can’t swim! But truly, I am a mermaid. Eventually I’ll learn to swim. LOL!
1. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIZ IN 3 SENTENCES OR LESS.
I’m a Success Mindset Coach for Female Entrepreneurs, and I help women uncover hidden gems within themselves to step into their purpose with confidence and clarity. I do this because I believe in the power of authenticity, owning your strengths, and embracing the amazing uniqueness that every woman has.
2. NOW, LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING. WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
I’ll admit it. My journey has been a bumpy one. But I always knew that I was going to do something crazy. Back in school, I was that girl that was never happy with career norms. I wanted to do something different, something that the educators I chatted with seem baffled by.
I felt like a creative, but I was also drawn to helping people. During my younger years, I bounced around from medicine to teaching to mental health professionalism, until I was in a place I never thought I’d be.
19 and pregnant.
I was married at 20 and had a baby at the same time. Fast forward 18 months and I had another child. The lights of my life. But I knew I couldn’t go back to the work-world while they were home. I just couldn’t fathom it. So, I started my entrepreneurial journey. I opened a dog walking business. In the dead of winter. Stupid idea! But it gave me some experience.
In 2010, I decided to pursue a product-based business. I designed one-of-a-kind art toys and people fell in love with them. Shortly after that, a DIY Lifestyle blog was born. Life was great. And then I got sick.
My body started to malfunction. I was hurting all the time, tired all the time and no one knew why. But I was so committed to running my businesses that I kept going and pushing through, despite the pain. Despite the exhaustion. All because multiple days a week, I was connecting with other women who wanted to know what they could do to build what I had built, seemingly from nothing.
Those conversations lit me up, even when I was in dark places because of my body. At some point, I realized this was where my joy was. It wasn’t in my product-based business. It wasn’t in my blog. It was uplifting and empowering other women. It was helping them reach their dreams.
So, in December of 2015, I left the feast and stepped into famine to pursue my ICF certification and became a heavily-trained coach. I started over and it has been incredible. I still have days of darkness, my body and I are still not totally friends. But every time I see a woman realize her value and her place in the world, it chips away at the health issues I face.
3. YOUR LIFE + BIZ JOURNEY IS A BOOK. WHAT'S THE NAME OF THE CHAPTER YOU'RE CURRENTLY IN?
Fighting the Good Fight.
I’m in the middle of my journey, and I’m overcoming things I never thought I would. Every day, I’ll keep fighting that fight so that other women out there know that they can overcome anything. That they are indeed changemakers.
4. WHAT'S BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL JOURNEY SO FAR?
There have been so many difficult parts but the one that I come back to time and time again is dealing with my health while running a business. I struggle to keep a business going when I have terribly down days because of my health and I’m constantly in this cycle of “do I have an answer? Can I fix this? Nope? Okay, can I manage more in my business with these issues?”
It can be very stressful.
5. WE'RE ALL BATTLING DOUBTS EVERY DAY AS ENTREPRENEURS. WHAT'S BEEN ONE OF THE BIGGEST DOUBTS YOU'VE DEALT WITH?
That I’m not good enough and that my work isn’t important or needed. And this is so crazy to me because my role as a coach is to show other women their worth! Yet here I am, constantly having to check myself on my own in this crazy online space.
6. SHARING IS CARING. AND THERE'S SO MANY BADASS RESOURCES FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS. WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR FAVES?
- www.reinaandco.com: Reina is so heart-centered and leads with such love and compassion. I really admire her as a coach.
- The Strategy Academy by Think Creative Collective: It has absolutely helped set the stage for a more organized business and gave me the confidence to keep going and growing.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: is just the right amount of woo woo to remind me that I can do anything.
7. IF YOU COULD GIVE YOURSELF ONE PIECE OF ADVICE RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Take time to rest. You need that time.
8. WHAT'S YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH FOR WHY YOU SHOULD CHASE YOUR DREAMS?
There’s a saying - find a job you love and you’ll never work again. It’s true. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’re doing work that is fueled by your heart and soul. Nothing compares. No paycheck, no routine, no glorified title can compete with something you’ve built with love.
I am Erin Shebish. I’m riddled with anxiety some days and overcome with love. And I am the real female entrepreneur.
Erin Shebish is a Certified Success Mindset Coach for Female Entrepreneurs. Her passion is helping women find their version of success by gaining clarity, direction, and confidence while eliminating the doubt that may surround pursuing their dreams. She's ICF Certified with a focus on positive psychology and is driven by helping others in an impactful way. Erin is also the host of the Life Made Lovely Podcast, a podcast focused on the heart-felt side of running a business and cohosts the Blog Fuel Podcast.
She is based in South Central Pennsylvania but her clients and community are located world-wide. When she's not working, you can find Erin at home, with a sweet tea in hand. More often than not, she's chasing 3 boys around, with her husband right beside her.