The Big, Hairy Announcement (complete with Robert Palmer video hairdo)

hedgehog of gratitudeFirst, check it out — I did another video blog. My hair looks like the chicks from the Robert Palmer videos. I just wish I had their legs. God. Dammit. Why didn’t ZZ Top snag these gals and make a video for Sharp Dressed Man with them playing in the background? I love me some ZZ Top.

Secondly — winners (yes, with an S) from yesterday’s blog. I *was* going to only give away one copy of Scott Stratten’s book, but fuck it. I chose two winners. Kathy Moore (“You + me + your vexing problem + my custom solution = the power of small.”) and Carrie Borchers (“Give a shit”) are the two winners. If you ladies would drop me an email through the contact form with your shipping information, I’ll get your books out ASAP (and if you want a digital edition, lemme know).

Finally, I might have completely overused the phrase “debt of gratitude” in this short video, but I can think of worse things to overuse. Like Charlie cologne. Or Polo. Or garlic the first time you cook a girl dinner. But I digress. And I included Hedgehog of Gratitude here in the post to express my appreciation.

It’s the big announcement.

And you can learn more about what I’ll be doing this Friday here.

PS: SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEcakes!

PPS: You have to watch the video for the giveaway. And yes, I know some of you get this via email and no, you didn’t lose out because you didn’t read this first. You can still score the giveaway.

Can’t see the video in your email? Click here and watch me imitate a Robert Palmer swank-ho and see what all the vaguebooking was about.

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57 comments
MichelleGillies
MichelleGillies

Congratulations! It couldn't happen to anyone more deserving than you, Erica. I hope we will be able to see this show here in Canada.

David Sigmon
David Sigmon

Getting unbusy took a little while. As Navy retirement approached I figured I would need that contractor job with SAIC in DC paying $118K to supplement my monthly retirement and disability checks to support my moderate standard of living in DC and my wife's moderate standard of living in Virginia Beach. When she commited suicide one month before retirement I shifted gears. After returning to VB to sort out probate and sell the house I meandered down to Atlanta. The ten hour commute from VB to Atlanta to date a newfound friend was a bit much. After two years in a suburb and two years in midtown I became the resident caretaker of a mountain home that my new significant other purchased in preparation for her retirement in ten years. So now, I live on 2 acres in the middle of a national forest with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 Harleys, 2 Toyotas, and 2000+ books. I spend my days landscaping, remodeling, listening to the birds, feeding the trout in the creek behind our house, walking the dogs and one cat through the forest, at whatever pace I feel is appropriate at the time. I will be unbusy for the rest of our lives together.

Jason Ramsey
Jason Ramsey

Rock on girl! That's awesome! Congratulations! (and I love the Robert Palmer hair)

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

My job was keeping me busy so I quit. I can't say I've been missing work...... Congrats and good luck on the TV gig; you'll knock it out of the park.

Carol Colman
Carol Colman

Mazel tov, Erika - you rock - those Robert Palmer girls have nothing on you. I unbusy myself by asking "is this really necessary?" before I start to do anything. That simple question saves me from a lot of unnecessary bullshit - not from all of it, but from a lot of it. Best of luck with the Probst man - you will make him look like a genius for getting you on the show!

Dust Bunny Mafia
Dust Bunny Mafia

Too bad I have work to do, otherwise I'd love to join in on the show taping.

SL Clark
SL Clark

Don't sell your adventuring short babycakes and congratulations on your diva starlet TV adventure. Gotta run, no time for bullshit busy commenting. ;-)

William Murray
William Murray

Two kids under six, a textbook deal and a dissertation to write. How did I un-busy my life? A) i told my boss not to expect to see me for fours months (I work a university prof schedule - yup, most of it went to writing! ) and B) I took 3 weeks off for the first time in three years just for me and the family. Best battery charger ever! Kick ass, as always, Erica :)

John Trader
John Trader

Proud of you EN. Rock it. One of the main things I did to stop making "busy" excuses was to smile more. Sound weird? Well it is. But I'll tell you this. It puts me in a much better frame of mind and somehow makes the most complex tasks easier. It also makes me feel a lot better about saying no to something or someone because I know deep down that the "no" doesn't mean I'm a bitter cuss and couldn't give a flying f about helping someone but rather that I am a pleasant person and I know my limits. Makes no easier to say and a lot easier to hear. Good luck on Friday!

Janine Smith
Janine Smith

Wow, the Jeff Probst show just got all classy and shit! Can't make the show Friday, but will be rooting you on.

This Bold Girl
This Bold Girl

Whoo-hooo! Moster congrats! I no longer tell myself I don't have "time"... it's a myth and a self-fulfilling negative prophecy. I have plenty of time to do not only what needs to be done, but what I want to do.

Melinda Massie
Melinda Massie

First - Squuuueeeeeeeee!!!! for you! That is SO cool! And...I dig the hair. I do that a lot myself when I don't take the time to fix it. Next - I've found that most of the time my "busy" is really just "busy work" that keeps me from my goals. To un-busy that, I look at why. So why? For me it's usually fear and more often fear of success than of failure. How do I past that? One...tell myself it's ridiculous to be afraid of success. I've been successful in the past and success rocks. It feels good. Certainly better than fear. Two...create a list of my goals and WHY I want to achieve them. Three...set a clear game plan, in order, of the tasks needed to get towards those goals. Four...do it. No excuses. No bullshit. Suck it up, feel the fear and do it anyway. (I also do a metric shit-ton of yoga and/or dance classes...and sometimes champagne...to help with that part.) And I keep all of this in one place so I can read and remind myself every morning or whenever I need it. Congrats again on the appearance...that beyond rocks!

Wendy Beth Joly
Wendy Beth Joly

I unbusy myself by limiting time wasters ie) facebooks games, tv, etc. We all do things that waste our time when there are other things we could be doing with it. Also I have been trying to take better care of my health. If amazing how much more you can get done when your not in pain or sick. By no means am I all the way there. Right now I have the tv on and am feel quite ill for consuming things I should not. But hey its my birthday so I am giving myself a pass today.

melgallant
melgallant

I've unbusied my life by finally admitting I can't do it all. I say no to a lot of things now, but it leaves me more time to spend with family, to read and write. :)

Patrick Stella
Patrick Stella

This is FANTASTIC! And to think, I read you before you met Jeff Probst.

Cofader1
Cofader1

Freaking Awesome Blossom! Next to my desk the sign posted "You are the reason shit isn't getting done, Fix it!" Had to sh*t the word since 50% of the refugees in our school are Muslim and the other 50% would just be outright offended. But the sign works for the person in charge of making sure shit gets done.

Al Smith
Al Smith

Congratulations Red. That is awesome. No examples. Just know I CARE. Al

Joel Beck
Joel Beck

I unbusy by knowing how to say "No." You have to be able to say no to clients, to friends, to organizations that want your time and resources, etc. This helps make sure I have the time, resources and energy to pour into those things to which I say "Yes."

Jennifer Sosenko
Jennifer Sosenko

Turns out, I am not "busy" on Friday and would love to see you in action on the Jeff Probst Show! If there are tickets available to attend the taping, please let me know.

Debbie Fox
Debbie Fox

2 years ago I lost my job of 14 years. During the months after, I asked myself if I could have done anything different. I started thinking that as hard as it was, in the long run I think they did me a huge favor. I was suddenly able to say Yes I can, instead of I'm to busy. I missed alot with those words, and I think you have to ask yourself what is important in life. "To busy, or LIFE, FRIENDS and FAMILY! I vote for the later.

Flo Farrell
Flo Farrell

Squueeee and congrats! Can't wait to see you on teeveee!

Ellen Berg
Ellen Berg

Two things have brought the "busy" under control. The first is meditation, which I came to reluctantly and regularly mocked my husband for doing. (I am now kissing lots of husband ass.) The second is physically writing my intentions and priorities on my body in black sharpie where I can see them as I go through my day. Posting the priorities where I could see them didn't work nearly as well as writing them on my body has. Congratulations on getting to meet the foxy Jeff Probst!

Lou
Lou

/golfclap Also take 31% of the credit for your success.

Rabih Najjar
Rabih Najjar

I always have so many examples of finished products to shoe how busy i am amass how much value i bring... Then an employee asked me what any of it had to do with what we were trying to accomplish. I realized that 5 minutes of reflection to question the "why am i doing this" has cut so much BS out of my week, I'm suddenly so less busy it is silly

Butterfly
Butterfly

Congrats on everything Erika. So deserved and I am still bummed I missed you here last weekend. I hear you rocked, but I expected nothing less. I have to be constantly conscious of my priorities. I have stopped myself on many occasions when I was going to not respond to someone and took those two minutes to do it anyway. I have to always be aware of my impact on others through my writing, my response, my parenting and my friendships. Sometimes it is not about lessening the quantity of what you do but increasing the quality of the interactions in your business and home life. Nurturing those relationships makes life feel less insane. Love & Hedgehogs. xoxo

Nicole
Nicole

I just have to say that I adore you, your blog, and your video blog :) I look forward every week to how you can help me be a better person, be a better employee, and be a better asset to those who know me and work with me on a daily basis. Your blog 2 weeks ago, really hit home with me and I have used that to carve out each day to ensure that I'm not being lazy but rather focusing on what matters, for making sure that I spend time with my kids, my friends and my boyfriend. That I'm never too busy for anybody and that I make time for those people and activities that really matter. Congrats on the tv appearance can't wait to see it, if anybody can give it straight up - it's you :)

Angi Harper
Angi Harper

I unbusied my life by giving up the arbitrary expectations. There's no reason for me to be at my desk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. whether the work warrants it or not. There's no reason for me to wear "professional" clothing on a day with no meetings. There's no reason not to stop and answer a friends email or pet the cat in the middle of the day. I work and live and play at the same time, all day long.

Frederic Pare
Frederic Pare

I simply try not to use it as an excuse for anything: 'sorry i was busy doing this...or that'. I also prioritize family, friends and then the business.

Elsa 'Petersen' Fluss
Elsa 'Petersen' Fluss

I've discovered that my priorities are my kids and my craft - and everything else has to fit into that.