Things in Erin’s Head 

 

I decided TODAY. Spun the GIANT wheel in my brain (think the Price is Right), tick, tick, tick, and it landed on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

That * Is * The * Day

That is the day doors to The Caregiver’s Carabiner will OPEN. The day of our first, live meeting. The day we get to come together as a community, and talk about all the things Caregivers never talk about. It’s the day we get to begin moving through the pillars of Awareness, Feelings, and Movement so we don’t get stuck in the trauma. It’s the day we get to explore some new ways of attacking the Caregiver Blues – think tapping, somatic movement, and meditation (and maybe if you’re already doing these things, you get to look at them through an all new lens). It’s the day I get to start building the library that gives Caregivers 24/7 access to tools and resources to help ground them and bring them back to their natural center. Which is what makes being a Founding Member so darn exciting. Because May 22 is the day we get to co-create this space of support, growth, community, and inspiration. 

May 22, 2024.

It feels like a super auspicious day because in numerology the date 05/22/2024 breaks down to 5+2+2+2+0+2+4 = 17 and 1+7 = 8. My favorite numerological interpretation of the number eight was offered by astroyogi.com

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” It’s about balance, cycles, opportunity, sustainability, and observation. Infinity. 

It’s also in the middle of the full moon energy, which falls on May 23. Because we’re in the peak of Spring, this moon is frequently referred to as the Flower Moon in celebration of all of Spring’s blossoms. (Ohhhh just imagine how we’re going to BLOOM together!)

And in perfect “grand opening” tradition… whenever I embark on something new, something big, something that should occupy my full, 100% attention… I take on a new hobby. 

Historically, it wasn’t really a hobby, it was rolling pennies. Before each of my big moves: from California to Texas and Texas to Florida, when I should have been packing, or making moving arrangements, or SOMETHING, I would choose instead to roll coins. (Because you can’t move with loose change… says I…)

Two years ago, before I launched my (best selling!!!) book, “Welcome to Caregiving” I decided to raise Monarch butterflies. Admittedly, that was an accident, because I thought milkweed plants would attract them, and I didn’t realize it was a HOST plant, and I got sucked in fast and deep into the world of caterpillars and chrysalides… but still… my life was very much about the butterflies leading right up to that three hour live book launch…  (and I still enjoy my butterflies, but it looks a little different now than it did back then).

So this year? Pre-Membership GRAND OPENING? 

It’s all about sourdough. 

Sourdough bread. 

I blame the Blue Zones. The curiosity over living to 100, coupled with my basic love of bread, particularly that tang of sourdough, and the fact that I just haven’t found it in South Florida, has made me a bit obsessed with the need to make my own. I’ve gone ahead and purchased a 233 year old starter that the same family has been nurturing since 1951 (they named their starter Bodie and I have NO idea what I’m going to name mine – but naming it is a thing). Even though I haven’t TRIED it, I’ll share the link in case you want to explore and play along with me (MomsSanFranSourdough on Etsy). It’s a San Francisco Sourdough, which is a big deal to me because not all sourdoughs are created equal and I’m very partial to the texture and flavor of San Francisco Sourdough. My starter arrives sometime in the beginning of May, so I’ll keep you updated – because I really have no idea what I’m getting myself into. Let me know if you’re going to play along, or just watch as I try to bring this sourdough to life.

I know you’re wondering, “Why do you distract yourself this way, Erin?” I have a few theories but the one I’m going with today is that I think it’s a bigger version of Candy Crush. When our brains are overloaded they need an escape. Creativity helps bring me back into balance. My go-go-go, do-do-do masculine energy can get the best of me sometimes, so allowing myself to indulge in creative projects lets my feminine, nurturing side bloom – and what better way to bloom before May 22 than by baking bread? I get to bring a starter to life, AND breathe life into a new community. A community that’s all about love.

Because it’s all about love…

Join as a Founding Member today: 

THE CAREGIVER’S CARABINER

A program created to soften the Caregiving journey with tools, resources, and gentle guidance that support both a Caregiver’s active journey and their recovery, in an honest and playful way.

Beginning May 22, 2024