• I’m writing a book. There is no moral story. Just nuances of belief.

    “Erin Elisse uses big picture thinking to reach today’s mindsets.”
    “Sprouting Mind- A deliberate living blog.”
    Erin Elisse relaunch- “Big picture marketing.”
    I use this “big picture” phrase and now I’ve noticed it’s becoming a buzzword.  For me, big picture means deliberate and goal oriented.  I practice it in my work, my personal life and of course, write about it in my book.

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  • How One Man Creates Space In A Corporate World

    Words Overheard

    I’m a homebody by default, but love going out and having (or overhearing) good conversations wherever I am.  In the past, when I’d go out alone, my openness to whatever came led me to some very interesting ideas and thoughts that influence me for days and even years on end because they were based off personally had experiences my mind actively deconstructed and sorted.  Often, the conversations, thoughts or observations I make turn into a shaping that I then incorporate into my book.

    Lately, I’ve attended a number of holiday events as an undercover marketing/writing caterer. That’s how it feels anyway.  I’m a marketing professional who gets this pretty unsolicited insight into professionals’ homes, lives, businesses, opinions and ideas as “the help.”

    While there are many fantastically “interesting” overheard conversations, there is one I’d like to share.
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  • Weekly Review: November 8-14

    Since my weeks have been looking very much the same in terms of what I’ve been commenting upon (a very nice and happy thing), I will discuss something else this week that sums up my week in a nutshell.


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  • I Am A Rambling Whoa-man

    Memories Are Now Definitions?

    I recently read The Art and Magic of Tidying Up, which teaches you how to arrange your personal systems so you are always organized, without having to spend laborious amounts of time/energy to keep it up.  She advertises that every single one of her clients have never gone back.  For me, the methodologies presented in the book certainly changed the way I think and live, filling in a few understanding gaps I had in arranging my personal systems.

    Great book, but this blog post is more about something she mentioned than the book itself.   Read more

  • Today, I Welcome A New Team Member

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to my new Director of Security.  Nigel has been in the industry since he was young.  I look forward to a long partnership.

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  • Business, Books & Dancing

    Since my last post, I have finished many books, become engaged (!), moved, and started putting more energy than ever into my business. I am currently focused on getting a new routine down, business development, working on UE, planning a wedding and writing. While I am ridiculously busy, for the most part… I love that. 😉

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  • The Week In Hindsight

    I thought I would start a weekly column so I could get back into blogging. I don’t know what to call it yet. I am quite detached from a number of things online, but I do advocate and practice a deliberate living lifestyle.  I’d like to share what I have going on. If not for others,  for myself as a documentation.

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  • Behind The Scenes: One Month After Nepal Earthquake

    The purpose of this blog post is not to speak on behalf of anyone, but the Nepali people who need help. It’s absolutely necessary to shine a light on what is not known or seen in the mainstream media.

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  • Getting Into Feminism

    This is my introduction to feminism. It started when I read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” which really resonated with me. I’d previously never taken an interest in feminism due to its reputation and my personality. The book helped me see how my goals were off for years. I accepted a lot more than I should have just due to my gender. My personal empowerment was being diminished by belief that “being beyond reproach” was the best goal/mode possible.

    Being beyond reproach means, suck it up, do what you should, not what you feel. How I came to this conclusion in terms of actions and experiences is one story, but there’s another side which lead me there. And it came in the form of books.

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  • Know Thyself

    Knowing thyself comes in layers and waves.

    There are two aspects covered.  They are easy to miss, hard to figure out and vital to an authentic relationship with self and others.

    Part One: coming to terms with your mistakes + being at peace with your quirks. Being able to do the same in regard to others.

    Part Two: We use definitions as ties to “self,” even if they’re just words or no longer align. In valuing inauthentic presentation, we get in the way of our raw, relatable humanness.

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