How to set boundaries with your work schedule to create better balance

If you master the concept I outline in this video, you will experience:

  • Greater satisfaction with your work
  • Get more work done than before
  • Feel less stress and anxiety
  • More healthy habits to support you

Because you’re no fun when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed all the time. Take it from me. I struggled with burnout as I led the communications for a $50M company and what I outline here is one of the exact strategies I used to create my own transformation from burnout to balance.

And if you stick through to the end of the video, you have a chance to win a prize! Enter in the comments below.

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Join me and CBC All Points West host Robyn Burns as we discuss how to create your best life.


Date: January 3, 2017
Time: 4:50 p.m.
Appearance: Creating Your Best Life
Outlet: CBC All Points West
Location: Victoria, BC
Format: Radio

Stop Holiday Overwhelm

It was a delight to be featured on Shaw TV to help people manage overwhelm during the busy, stressful holidays. Watch the story here:

Stop Christmas Overwhelm

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed in the holiday season? Certified Business Coach, Erin Acton & Registered Dietitian, Kristen Yarker have some tips on how to remain calm & stress free during the holidays.

Women feel more stress during holidays, and experts say it might come from within

Erin Acton and Kristen Yarker

Everyone feels the stress at holiday time, but two experts in Victoria say women feel it more.

Life coach Erin Acton and registered dietitian Kristen Yarker say many women feel too much stress on themselves to be “perfect” this time of year.

Read full article:

Date: December 20, 2016
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Appearance: Women feel more stress during holidays, and experts say it might come from within
Outlet: CBC All Points West
Location: Victoria, BC
Format: Radio

Stop Overwhelm Virtual Training

We can often romanticize the festive season, imagining it’s all cocktails and sequins or a rosy, merlot-induced glow by the fire.

The reality is much different for many of us: skipped meals, squeezed-in dance recitals, cupcake baking for the school fundraiser, midnight trips to Walmart because we’ve run out of wrapping paper, and mindlessly shoving any food in our mouths on the way there. In short, you’re overwhelmed and feel held hostage by life’s responsibilities.

I want to help you avoid overwhelm, enjoy the season, and get more out of your hectic life. I am presenting a seminar that teaches a simple strategy to get calm when you’re overwhelmed by your busy life.

Keeping it simple

In my practice, I have found that big life overhauls don’t work. People often do nothing because they don’t have the capacity to incorporate hours of yoga or complicated food prep into their day. We have heard the solution is to stop being busy, but for many of us, that isn’t an option.

I will teach you how to make a small yet powerful shift so you can feel better and be more productive. It will be a short and powerful training done over the phone that you can dial into and listen in while you’re on the go.

Here’s what you get

  • My simple, three-step process to get calm anytime, anywhere
  • A quick, 5-question overwhelm assessment
  • Real-life examples and takeaways that you can use right now
  • Answers to your questions live on the call.

Where & When

  • Online or by phone. You choose! You’ll receive full connection details when you register.
  • Monday, December 12
  • 7 pm Pacific/10 pm Eastern

Reserve your seat here!

Date: December 7, 2016
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Event: Stop Overwhelm: Get Calm in 3 Steps & 30 Seconds
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Women in Leadership and Business Conference

Join me, six-time Olympic medalist Clara Hughes, “The Voice” Consultant Tamara Beatty Vocal Coach and more at the Women in Leadership and Business Conference November 20-22 in Calgary, Alberta.

Use ERINVIP to get a truly sweet deal on the full conference price.

If you are a Leader, Senior or Middle Manager, Business Owner, or Entrepreneur you know you should invest time in focusing on yourself, your business and career. If you’ve struggled to find the right format that maximizes your time, energy and resources, the 2016 Women in Leadership and Business Conference is for you!

  • Strengthen your leadership skills
  • Have greater influence and impact in your role and team
  • Market your skills and your business
  • Be heard in meetings
  • Get noticed by clients, peers and your industry
  • Gain valuable influencing skills
  • Grow your business and market share by differentiating
  • Increase your likelihood for promotion
Date: November 20, 2016—November 22, 2016
Event: Women in Leadership and Business Conference
Venue: Hyatt Regency Downtown
Location: 700 Centre Street SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 5P6
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Do you ever feel guilty for taking care of yourself because you’re so used to taking care of everything and everyone else?

I’m honored to be speaking on Pamela Zimmer’s FREE Telesummit, Redefining Mom – Permission to Break the Rules.

Register now and you’ll get access to Pamela’s interviews with 16 amazing women who will share their exact strategies for redefining mom, in a way that best serves YOU!

Date: November 10, 2016—November 12, 2017
Event: Redefining Mom: Permission to Break the Rules
Public: Private

To book Erin for your event, visit her speaking page.

Create Better Goals – the Power of the Positive Focus

If you have goals to stop procrastinating, reduce your stress, or quit losing your patience you may be setting yourself up for failure. In this blog post and video, I share how to increase your chance of reaching these and other goals by making one simple tweak.

This blog post came about thanks to a question from one of my newsletter subscribers, Amanda. She wanted to stop procrastinating with her exercise and on her business.

Words are incredibly important, and how we use them can support or sabotage our efforts to reach our goals. And after doing what I’m about to share with you, Amanda realized she was sabotaging her efforts right from the get-go, and it had everything to do with how she worded her goals.

Here is what she changed. She gave her goals a positive focus. In short, she focused on what she wanted instead of what she didn’t want.

Focus on what you want, not what you don't want

Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.

Giving goals a positive focus has nothing to do with looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses or being optimistic all of the time. This is about giving your mind something to focus on. Something tangible and concrete that you see and feel and possibly touch instead of something you don’t want, or wish would disappear or go away or stop happening.

The brain can’t not think about something.

For example, it can’t stop thinking about a pink elephant. Stop it! Just stop thinking about her pink tail with the pink tuft on the end and those cute, pink toenails. Stop thinking about it.

See? Your brain put a pink elephant in your brain. And that’s the last thing you wanted in there.

The same rule applies to your goals. When they’re focused on what you don’t want, you brain focuses on that:

  • Stop procrastinating: the brain focuses on procrastinating.
  • Reduce your stress: it focuses on stress.
  • Quit losing your patience: brain focuses on losing your patience.

I assume you don’t want to focus on procrastination, stress or losing patience. So give yourself something you want to focus on instead.

For simplicity, let’s use the pink elephant example again. If you don’t want to think about a pink elephant, tell your brain what you want it to think about instead. How about a purple lion? Think about a purple lion with its purple mane, purple tongue, and piercing, purple eyes. Much easier!

Here is a question that will help to turn your goals from a negative focus (what you don’t want) to a positive focus (what you do want).

If you weren't BLANK, what would you most want instead?

If I wasn’t ____, what would I most want to do instead?

Put the thing you don’t want in the blank.

Let’s use Amanda’s example.

Her original focus was on what she didn’t want: to stop procrastinating with her exercise.

“If I wasn’t procrastinating, what would I most want to do instead?”

Amanda’s answer:

[I would want to] “be excited to move my body, and grateful to have the limbs to do so.”

This became her new goal. And it worked really well for Amanda. Here is what she had to say:

“. . . attaching a negative word to something I want to accomplish is kind of self-limiting right off the bat and maybe even makes it a drudge to work on, but when I change my words to describe it in a way in which I would LIKE to move through the blocks then it’s kind of an opportunity thing…it really makes a huge difference when you change your mind frame and your words!”

Beware or the trickster, “I want.”

Just because you start a goal with “I want” doesn’t mean that you have worded your goal with what you actually want (that positive focus).

Here are some common examples of things that SEEM like they’re focused on what you want, but are really goals that focus on what you don’t want.

  • I want to lose 20 pounds. The focus is on pounds and your weight.
  • I want to stop yelling. The focus is on yelling.
  • I want to get rid of the clutter on my desk. The clutter is the focus.
  • I want to reduce the hours that I’m working. This puts all the focus on the hours you’re working.

What do you want instead? Answer that, and you’re on your way to creating much better goals for yourself.

Actions to take from here

  1. Review your current goals.
  2. Re-word the negatively focused ones to have a positive focus.
  3. Download the bonus one-page cheat sheet of “don’t want” words. Details below.
  4. Send me your questions.

Bonus for newsletter subscribers (and those who become one)

Because it can be difficult to identify negatively focused goals, I put together an additional resource for my newsletter subscribers. This one-page cheat sheet includes:

  • The most common “don’t want” words I hear in my coaching practice.
  • 9 real-life examples of negatively focused goals that have been re-worded to focus on the positive.

If you’re a subscriber, simply scroll down the email of this article to download the document.

If you’re not a subscriber, you can still get it. Become a subscriber here, send me a super-quick email saying you want the cheat sheet, and I’ll fire it off to you. When you subscribe, you’ll also get my powerful and highly coveted 3-2-1 Countdown to get present and calm.

If you found this exercise to be valuable, please share it with others so they can start making better goals for themselves. I will appreciate it and I’m sure they will too.


In the video, I mention an exercise that will transform your excuses into powerful actions. Here is the link to that post: