A Personal Story and Request

Burnout to Balance Bootcamp Red Cross of Canada Fundraiser
September 21, 2017

It was coming up on Christmas. I had a job interview lined up that had the potential to crack me out of the radio news industry and into the communications world. I had been in radio for the last 10 years, and I wanted out so badly. I’d prepped a resume, a portfolio of my radio and TV news clips, and totally revamped my resume, and made it to the interview stage. I was so excited! The interview was set for Monday and so I was spending that Friday night prepping.

And that’s when I got a call. It was a call that I had been both fearing and expecting.

You see, 16 years earlier when I was 12, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. Yes, he persevered 16 years after being diagnosed with a stage-3 cancer (out of 4 stages), and persevered through what I can only imagine is unimaginable pain as it slowly spread throughout the rest of his body, twisting his spine, splotching his vision, and stealing his strength. We knew what was happening. I knew I was going to get this call one day.

It was my sisters. They were already back at my parents for the holidays. “Erin, it’s time to come home to be with Dad.”

And yet, in that moment it was totally unexpected. Now? Right before my interview? At Christmas? Are you freaking kidding me? There was no question though what I was going to do. I hopped on the next flight home and let the organization know I couldn’t make the interview. If it was meant to be, it would happen.

That’s my point: even when you know something is happening, you don’t know WHEN it will happen. You never know when you’re going to need support until you need it. We received support from a couple of organizations and so many people during those last couple of weeks of my dad’s life. One of them was the Red Cross. They have a medical equipment loan program. Did you know that? I didn’t until that week. We walked in and they gave us equipment, free of charge, that helped make my family and my dad’s life just a little bit easier in those last few days. It was still traumatic. And we KNEW it was going to happen.

Imagine what it must be like for the people who are hit with the unexpected: wildfire that consumes homes and communities in sometimes mere minutes, earthquakes like the one in Mexico this past week that level schools in seconds, hurricanes like the ones hammering the Caribbean and East Coast.

One thing you can count on is knowing that the Red Cross will be there for you should you ever need them. No questions. Just support and supplies in your moment of need.

It’s because of that that I’m inviting you to take this opportunity to donate to the Red Cross and make a profound impact for someone who really needs it right now.

And to make it fun (because #fun!) I’m providing some incentives:

Your donation of up to $99 via my official Red Cross website (link below): Receive a hard copy of my Stop Overwhelm training. Organizations hire me to train their teams on this technique to identify overwhelm as it’s happening, nip it in the bud, and get calm so they can regain their focus and increase productivity.

Your donation of $100 and up to $499: The first five donations will receive as a thank-you gift, one hour of coaching with me. What would one hour of objective insight from a certified life and business coach be worth to you and your business?

Your donation of $500 and up: The first five will receive the gift of a VIP Day with me. This is a full day of coaching with all of my time, energy, and attention on you. What might a day of strategy setting, roadblock clearing, and opportunity leveraging do for your life, career, and/or business?

Plus, I am personally matching all donations up to $500.


PS – I got the job. We rescheduled the interview for the New Year and I nailed it. And as a beautiful bonus, Dad stuck it out long enough to enjoy Christmas dinner with all of us and passed away a couple of days later. Of all the Christmas gifts I’ve had, the best one by far was waking up that Christmas morning and hearing my Dad’s voice upstairs. We got one last Christmas morning with him and I am so grateful. <3

#gratitude #love #community #giveback