I’m Erika. Or Coco. Or The Hot Pink Minimalist. I have a lot of names from a lot of people that love me (mostly).
I’m a professional Interior Designer and a frequent public speaker (whether I’m invited or not). More importantly, I am a mommy, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend. Let’s see…it’s so hard to describe yourself, so I’ll just use the words of the last new person that met me: “She’s a real live wire!” Obviously, I live in the South.
I met my husband Eric (yes, we are Eric and Erika) in 2003, We were married in 2004 and I received my M.S. degree in Interior Design from Florida State University in 2005. I found the love of my life and my motivation for making our world a better place in 2008 when my son, Evan was born. He looks just like his father and acts just like me. It’s safe to assume I’m one and done (two live wires in one small house is enough!). I live in Tallahassee, Florida with my boys, including our big family Doberman, Onyx and I LOVE it. Both sets of Evan’s grandparents live here and I’m surround by great friends.
I’ve got a great church and church family. For the first time in my entire spiritual journey, I have a church that doesn’t just love me in spite of my vibrant curiosity and passion for social justice, but loves me because of it. I love to entertain. I don’t mean host dinner parties, I mean make people laugh by singing karaoke Madonna on-stage. I have a passion for knowledge, mostly about psychology and theology and more recently, philosophy. I believe that that is the reason why the book Everything That Remains by The Minimalists popped up on my suggested reading list in May 2014. And so my journey into Minimalism began…
Actually, I listened to Everything That Remains on Audible while doing my mind-numbing, repetitive, AutoCAD work in a 7 x 9 cubicle which only made the message of the book all the more poignant.
WORKING ON THE EXTERNAL CHANGED THE INTERNAL
I always say that minimalism was not just a life-changer for me, but more of a life-focuser. It completely cleaned the lens from which I view the world. I am more mindful of how I spend my time and more importantly that which I assign value.