You know how so often, the website you are joining for wants you come up with a unique user name. I was only a year out of college, but I was tired of blankly staring at that field and creating malaise combinations of my initials and birthday.
“ExplodingSoul” came to mind when I first signed up for a Twitter account in 2009. I wanted to start using an uncommon name that I’d find open on other sites too. I always feel like I’m bursting with ideas, thoughts, feelings and dreams – so ExplodingSoul I became.
After working at Water.org for four awesome years (no, sadly I never met Matt Damon), I knew it was time to take a step in a new direction in April 2012. Never in my life did I think I’d start my own business, but as the opportunity for freelance/contract work began to unfold, I was advised to form an LLC since I’d be representing brands in marketing/communications/branding/social media. So ExplodingSoul LLC** I became.
((But that decision went more like this…
ME: “I don’t know what to name my business…”
MENTOR MIKE: “Why not ExplodingSoul? You have that name everywhere.”
ME: “Well I just don’t think people will take me seriously with that name…”
MIKE: “Do you think people took the name Google seriously when they first hear it?”
ME: “Good point…”))
Since April 2012 I’ve been working with The Way Women Work as the Director of Community Engagement and right-hand woman to its Founder & President Rania Anderson; and, with SpiderOak as a marketing team member/director of sorts. They are literally in the complete opposite realms of one another so splitting my time between both each week is certainly a challenge, but has helped me grow immensely in my work for the other.
I have no idea what is in my future, but I have many ideas! I am very content with my current clients/work at this moment so I am not seeking additional clients (although I would be open to small opportunities if they were a good fit).
As for 2014 – I plan to focus more on my creative pursuits, both for work – video, photography, writing – and personally – viola, writing, photography, craftiness. The things I’m most excited about? I finally subscribed to my favorite magazines – FastCompany and Inc., which never fail to jazz me up after I devour them; I just got this site off the ground, a huge accomplishment for me (let alone to kick off the first day of 2014!); and in January and February I’m visiting DC and San Diego – two places I’ve never been (and of course we have some other travels up our sleeve)…
What about you?
Thanks for reading, and feel free to send me a note anytime: erin[at]explodingsoul[dot]com.
Make 2014 your best year yet!
**Thanks my dear friend, architect, and designer John P. Whitaker for helping me design my logo & branding!