7 ways to keep your business from going under when school is over!


7 ways to keep your business from going under when school is over

For the past month I’ve been saying I need to get started on my “Summer Business Model”! What is a summer business model you ask?

This is a temporary layout for your company with strategic processes in place to ensure your business does not lose its momentum doing a seasonal shift.

Now you are probably asking yourself,

Did Erica create that definition herself?” Absolutely I did!

And why not? It’s my business and I have the authority to change the dynamics as I see fit (as long as it’s pleasing to Continue reading

Five That Thrive May 1, 2014

April showers brings May flowers!

April showers brings May flowers!

I heard somewhere that April showers bring May flowers! I know this to be true because we have been getting rain left and right! but we’re also starting to see a nice change in scenery too! Then it hit me! I should dig up my business notebooks and spring a new buster into action!   I’m created Five That Thrive because as I read and research the Continue reading

7 Must Have Basketball Tactics To Survive The Game Of Business!

7 Basketball Tactics To Use Right Now In Your Business

In the spirit of the end to a great March Madness and another talented collegiate basketball season, I’m bringing #CubicleEscapeTips with the intent to challenge you mentally and physically in your business! (Although I’m slightly happy to get my weekends, Mondays and Tuesdays nights back until next year lol!) In your business, you should have a consistent schedule of “to-do’s” everyday; but also in your business there should be a point where you challenge yourself to take your business to the next level! As a coach for not only entrepreneurs but for basketball players also; I wanted to  provide a parallel principal for basketball tactics you can “steal” for your business!

Challenge yourself in your business!

Challenge yourself in your business!

ChallengeA defensive team will add pressure to the ball focusing their opponents to “step up to the plate”! Being challenged in this defensive tactic takes the offensive out of there comfort zone! Identify the area most valuable strength you have to grow your business, such as: being a “people person”, “social butterfly”, extremely organized very consistent, to-do list junkie, etc.; now raise the bar! Chances are you are in a very “comfortable” state in your business; it’s time to SPRING into action and take your skills up a notch! Continue reading

Top 4 Life Changing Steps For Rebranding Your Business

I’ve been playing basketball since the age of eleven. Basketball has always been my place of peace and comfort. It was something about running plays and working with my team mates trying to outsmart the competition that just gave me goose bumps! The biggest highlight of it all was knowing we would play a top seeded team, who had a perfect winning season or playing that rival team and their senior was looking to gain all the highlights; coming in being the underdogs and shutting up those crazed fans just completely gave me an adrenaline rush! While I still have love for the game, I realized I am older now and the muscles and bones just don’t cooperate like they use to; but I still find great peace and comfort watching two teams go head to head in 40 minutes of battle!

I know it sounds weird but I find great blogging inspiration from watching basketball games and watching SuperSoul Sunday (On Continue reading

Do You Have A Purpose That Matters? (I’m Cultivated Part I)


Break-Free In Your MIND

Break-Free In Your MIND

I am sitting here watching SuperSoul Sunday and listening to Dr. Brene Brown and man is this lady is DEEP! When she speaks it’s like she’s touching something within me that is indescribable! A good portion of what she was said I’ve heard time and time and I’ve even said a few of these heart-felt words to my coaching clients. But today was one of those Continue reading

Sometimes You Gotta Turn The World Off!

Break-Free In Your MIND

Break-Free In Your MIND


I try to pencil in time one day a week where I can just turn the “world” OFF. I mean from phones, checking emails, sneaking on my tablets, surfing the internet, etc I am completely detached! I use this time to journal, read scriptures (Even though I should be reading my Bible, I’m trying but I’m not there yet!) and catch up on my DVR recorded shows. Now I’m not talking about scripted shows such as Modern Family(I love this show Cameron and Phil are hilarious)  or Scandal (No explanation needed!), I’m talking about shows that add true substance to my life and to my spirit such as the ever so popular OWN channel and spiritually based TV networks.


Even though I go to church on Sundays and Bible Study on Wednesdays, I sometimes find it challenging to  live in an “Worldly Environment” where I’m faced with my own reality and the reality of loved ones near and dear to me. So I record my “value-added” shows, let them pile up in my DVR list and pick a day (or half a day) to watch these shows to gain constant affirmations and positive reinforcement in my life and daily walk. This helps me to not only strive to become a better person more and more each day but it also helps to increase my “heart-space”. This is vital for me being a mom, wife and business coach.

Trying to stay “centered” isn’t always easy but I’m glad I am able to discipline myself to disconnect from the world and reconnect with myself! Oooh yeah! TWEET that!

Tweet: Sometimes you have to#disconnect from it all and #reconnect with yourself! #CoachingForTheSoul #LifeAfter9to5 http://ctt.ec/4d8n3+

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts!

Do you ever just turn the world off? What measures do you take to stay centered and grounded?

I’m Getting Cultivated!


I was watching SuperSoul Sunday (One of my favorite shows) and Dr. Brene Brown was this week’s guest. I thought I’d tune it because Oprah created all sorts of buzz about this lady so I said what heck! Apparently she’s doing a two-part series which are excerpts from her book titled The Gifts of Imperfection.
Needless to say,  I missed the first part but man did I get some Ah Hah moments (As Oprah would say!) Over thr next few weeks I’ll be sharing Dr. Brene Brown’s wisdom and see if I can tie these things to my own life!

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Coaching Basketball & Business Clients Are Not All That Different!

Celebrating a winning season!

Celebrating a winning season with my Lady Bishops!

Last Sunday was bitter sweet for me and my team as the shot clock slowly began to wind down to the last seconds of the quarter. But it wasn’t just the end of the quarter, it was also the end of our season once that buzzer went off!

Pre-practice Photo Ops

Pre-practice Photo Ops I look like one of the players! (Wishing thinking!)

Remarkably, my girls found the will power to fight back by removing all the nervousness they built up from watching the clock run down! After being down the whole game, I called a time-out and let them know what was at stake Continue reading

Are you a quick-fix meal or a home-cooked meal?

Break-Free In Your MIND

Break-Free In Your MIND





The old saying “If it was that easy then everyone would be doing it” really resonated with me during our Bible Study class.  As unique and divinely created individuals;  we have very challenging roles in this game called life that we play.

As with anything in life, if you want to see true results you must truly do the work. Majority of us take the “easy” road because that usually mean little to no work is required nor involved. And just like a quick fix meal verses a home-cooked meal; little work goes unnoticed and not much appreciated.

When you put in the work, sweat, tears. time and energy into things you are truly passionate about, your results are much more appreciated and will multiply over time! #DoTheWork

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For this gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few – Matthew 7:13

Writing is better for me!

Break-Free In Your MIND

Break-Free In Your MIND

oddball different

We are specifically and uniquely designed in our own likeness! I’ve come to fully acknowledge and accept this wonderful fact about our human kind! For the longest time I truly thought it was something wrong with me because in order for me to publish a blog article, I first had to physically write it out then type it! Formulating my words and my thoughts just seem to flow better when I put pen to paper.

I can truly “feel” the emotion in what I am trying to convey with each stroke of my pen! So the moral of my story is … don’t look around at everyone else and assume you have to do things “their” way because you certainly do not! Be a trendsetter, out the box thinker, oddball of the group and be different if different works best for you!

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