“Write a blog about yourself,” they said. “It’s no big deal,” they said.
But it IS a big deal. This is a new beginning for me, and it. is. big.
Hi, I’m Erin, and I’m new here.
Some background about me and my journey. I was born and raised in Knoxville along with my younger brother. Momma has always been a nurse, and Daddy has always been a teacher. I was always careful , I always followed the rules, and I always made safe and calculated decisions. As a child, I thrived on peace and order in my life.
After high school, I made the safe and predictable decision, for me, to attend college in pursuit of a career in disability services. After graduation, I dabbled in the workforce a bit before seeking the comfort of structure and routine that I knew would be found within a graduate program. Thanks to one of my graduate school professors, I found myself working in a full-time position as a disability counselor in a college. This was a dream job in my field with a salary and stability. At this point, I expected to follow in the steady footsteps of my parents and retire from my first and only "real career."
Well, after a few years in this “dream job," I woke up to the realization that I had completely worn myself out. “This can’t be it," I thought. "I deserve to be passionate about my career too.” So I decided to expand the parts of my job that I really liked and, in doing so, turned them into a side hustle by opening a home and office organization business. I was still working my full-time job and, now, organizing on the weekends. I felt like I had finally found my purpose! And yet, while I loved the work I was doing, the reality was, my business was failing. After a summer of soul-searching, I took a leap of faith and reached out to the team at Help You Dwell. After meeting with them, I knew I was on the right path. I joined the HYD team, closed my small business, left my salaried career, and I’ve never felt this free.
Did I mention that I’m not a natural risk-taker? Transitioning from the steady career I had always been working towards and, instead, jumping into something new was terrifying. But, for the first time in a long time, I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Working with families and helping them lift the burden of clutter and disarray gives me life. God has allowed my passion to meet its purpose and it is a wonderful place to be.