Wednesday, October 1, 2014

by Erin Creative Co. Shop is Now OPEN!


Here's what you need to know:
You can shop our designs in two places, (1) on the website, here or (2) on Etsy, here. Either option accepts all major credit cards, ships within 3 business days and is packaged with care. We've made two options available to accommodate your shopping preferences! 
Through October 15, receive 20% off your purchase using code "GIVEGRACE".
We've opened the shop just for you, friends! Truly. We (me, my husband and my behind-the-scenes support) are so humble and grateful this day has arrived. This pre-sale is just a small thank you for the unending support you show us. 
Our social media launch party will follow in the coming month, date TBA. For now, we want to spend a few weeks giving back to you and send a little bit of extra joy into your homes.
Thank you for supporting our new site and shop. I'm so grateful to have you join me in this venture! Now y'all get to shopping!

Be sure to join our newsletter family by hopping over to our website or following us on Instagram @byerincreativeco for the latest updates & announcements on product giveaways! Hint, hint, there's a giveaway going live TODAY!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

by Erin Creative Co. Launch for Friends & Family!

HOORAY!! Friends & family, that would be y'all! 

I'm over the moon excited to announce the work I've poured my heart into this Summer is officially live on the world wide web for YOU to learn more about! Truly, it's been set as "published" for you right there reading this. 

The by Erin Creative Co. blog, shop and social media will be used as a platform to cultivate joy in the hearts and homes of this community. Join me, won't you?

When the concept for the by Erin Creative Co. Shop was placed on my heart, I was not fully on board with this calling. In fact, I spent a bit of time pushing away this idea. I let my fear be greater than my faith.

There's a whole lot more that goes into creating a business/brand/shop than color pallets, cohesive typography and collateral, and the to-do lists can be quick to overwhelm. The good news for me (and you), He sees the big picture even when we can't. Carried through this endeavor with a lot of trust and praise, He knew all along what was in store.

A company's why, at the core, is what's most important. For some time I battled with how to outwardly express the genuine why of this brand. Through months of digging deep to find authenticity in our brand composition, I'm thrilled to pieces with where we've landed and what we have to share with y'all!


by Erin Creative Co. is rooted in the mission to cultivate joy. We believe surrounding ourselves with tangible words of encouragement & truth puts action into cultivating this joy. 
This why translated into a classic, approachable design with pops of color which are true to my style and what I think we've brought together for our brand aesthetic. There's a beautiful stack of stationery sitting here eager to be sent to your homes along with our prints!
Friends, we're so excited to share our hearts with you and will be opening the shop next week with a special pre-sale just for you. Our official launch party will follow in October, but for now, we want to spend a few weeks giving back to you and send a little bit of extra joy to your homes. 
ATTENTION: If you're a fellow blogger and would like to join our official shop launch party, shoot an email to erin@byerincreativeco.com, we have something special to send your way :) 
**Join me over on the new site, www.byerincreativeco.com **

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

In The Thick Of It & Exciting Changes

Friends! Hi. Hello. How's life for you?!

It seems, per my Insta account, that everyone has welcomed Fall. The weather here in South Carolina, though, is not so convincing - yet. For now, I'll continue to pull myself out of this summer and prepare mentally for all things football, pumpkin and, well, family.

My sweet blog sat a bit quiet these last few months, but that's mainly due to the exciting things we've been cooking up behind the scenes! Oh, the joyful announcements we have in store, y'all!

I leaped into this year with a sense of intention laying heavy on my heart. I knew this year was set for action in making what matters most happen. After much prayer, we've landed in a far different place than I'd expected January 1.

Where you expect to go, isn't always where you land, and oh my stars what a great blessing that can be!


In May, I jumped headfirst into the beginning stages of launching a creative company featuring print designs. Digging deep to the core of our company poured out a mission for cultivating joy in the hearts and homes of this community.

As we come out of our Summer hibernation, we're going to hit the ground running with BIG announcements:

As of THIS Friday, I'll be switching some of my social media accounts over to a new name - my new creative company shop name! HOORAY!! 

To top off that exciting announcement, NEXT MONDAY, September 15, I'll be launching a new website and blog. 

Any blogger knows that these transitions are scary, and no I don't intend to abandon this space, BUT I do hope you'll join me over at our new site, shop and blog. It's going to be an intentional space to stir the spirit into actively cultivating joy and making what matters most happen.


Fall is a season of fresh starts and as I sit in my new home office, our shop products strewn around me, I can't seem to shake the bliss. Taking this leap so far from my comfort zone has been such a joy, and I hope you'll see the heart we've put into and have backing this company.

Come back on Friday when our new social media name becomes official and be the first to get a sneak peek of our new website!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Worthiness & A Testimony

It’s in the belly laughs of my child as the Genie bursts from his bottle full of pizazz and satire that I'm able to pinpoint my reason for choosing joy every day. Laughter shared through the generations thanks to a movie is such a sweet realization in the seemingly small, mundane moments. 

I couldn’t help but choose Aladdin for movie night with Jackson this week. In the wake of Robin Williams’ passing, we’ve shifted quickly from sadness of this great loss to the stigmas surrounding depression. 

It seems, apparently, that people are taking strong stances on the topic and I guess this is our chance to be open about depression. This is our time to spring from the platform which says it supports depression and mental illness and dive into physical action of walking with those living with the disease. 

It’s our time not to judge, but to say, “come, share, speak to me and I will walk with you.”

My psychiatrist once told me this is simply the way I’m wired, this is my chemical imbalance and how I want to manage it is up to me. The dark cloud of depression ruled me in a severe manner for the better part of my early adult life. And in looking back, there were likely many sunny days, but all I can recall is the darkness. For where my mind and heart were concerned, there was no light.  

What took me too long to realize is that depression is not a mind over matter disease, depression is a heart over mind disease. Let me say that again, this is a heart over mind disease. It's okay that we are chemically imbalanced; there is no shame in sickness. Jesus spent much of his life embracing the sick, healing those who reached out their hands and lifting those who were shamed in self-doubt. 

Why then should we continue to walk in this darkness? 

Each depression diagnosis is different. Each carries its own burdens. Each carries its own demons and darkness. And, in turn, each diagnosis needs its own journey of treatment. You cannot begin treating your disease until you recognize it, though. 

My husband has been my rock through severe depression. He has stood aside concerned but constant. He's let me cry and have my moments. He's also held me up. He's listened when I made no sense. He's been silent when I just needed a presence of support. 

It will not be easy, but saying the words "I'm depressed, something is off," will be freeing and, more so, it'll be that leap towards healing. The longer we hold onto the darkness enveloping our days, the further we get from the light. 

Take yourself out of that little box of self-doubt, self-pity and grave darkness and know that God is your hiding place. He will be your shield; dress yourself in His armor. 

This is where joy lies.

This is where the healing lies. 

This is where life begins. 

It's not all praise hands and puffy hearts every day. This is unfortunately true. In fact, some days, it's bringing yourself broken and weary to your Redeemer in need of a place to rest. "There’s no stigma in saying you’re sick because there’s a wounded Healer who uses nails to buy freedom and crosses to resurrect hope and medicine to make miracles."Ann Voskamp

This is the Good News. 

Friends, wherever you find yourself today, know you are worthy. Know the Lord is fighting for you in those dark places. We need to speak out and speak up. We need to join together to walk with those suffering and acknowledge the depths of depression. 



If you are struggling with depression, I encourage you to tell someone -your significant other, a friend,  pastor. I'm praying for you in this season and those to come. There is hope.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Mid-Year Pick-Me-Up

Without fail, June and July roll around and cause me to take a good look back at the first half of the year. We move into the new year with such a high from the Holidays that usually by the time you're six months into the year that buzz has worn off, that sparkly list of resolutions is a bit hazy and you're spirit is tired.

You've finished out the school year, you've celebrated through a good portion of Summer and the impending new school year is evident thanks to every aisle at Target. Hello weary spirit, there's no better time for a pick-me-up than now!

As a little happiness test, I jumped back to my Word of the Year Post to bring me back the core of my mission for 2014. What I found in that post, aside from several typos, was a list of goals I've met, exceeded and continue to humbly work towards.

For reference, here's my 2014 Big Picture Outlook from January:

I want a happier house. More laughter, less worry. I want to be intentional with parenting, marriage, work, friendships & family and stepping out of comfort zones. I want credit card debt free in 2014, and working down student loans. Top of my list, I want us to be intentional about seeking Christ as a family.
I went searching for this post because my spirit was thirsty. Oh my, how quickly I realized how much my cup runneth over! We have worked and prayed and seen His grace this year and this list surely reminds me to be humble.


Let's unpack this list real quick.

I want a happier house. More laughter, less worry. Raising up a three year old is surely different than age two, but has presented an entirely new level of love in our house. The belly laughs shared this weekend while often shared between moments of discipline are the best source of pure joy.

I want to be intentional with parenting, marriage, work, friendships & family and stepping out of comfort zones.  Parenting - check. We're working on our team work every day. That seems to be key for us. Marriage - check. This Saturday is in fact our six year marriage anniversary and I'd say we're sliding in on a really great note (weird mixture of metaphors, but just track with me). Friendships & family - many realizations on this front and an in progress/learning-a-new-phase-of-adulthood-status. Stepping out of comfort zones - just about the best and most encouraging item on this list! We've spent the good part of the last three months jumping out of our comfort zone and it's been such a beautiful result for our family.

I want credit card debt free in 2014, and working down student loans. As of last week we are credit card debt free. ALL OF THE PRAISE HANDS!!! Vet bills and a bad luck run with our cars caused some financial turmoil in 2012-2013, and we were determined to get it past us this year. We've pinched pennies and lived a very, very tight lifestyle, but it has been so worth it to get to this moment. Though, all the glory for this milestone goes to Him and the blessings we've seen this year.

Top of my list, I want us to be intentional about seeking Christ as a family. Oh yes, the very best most gracious of the goals for last. We had been missing something so key to each aspect of life listed above: a community focused in the Gospel. For the first time in years, we have been regularly attending a church. Not just any church, a church that is Gospel centered and fueling a renewed joy in Church for both myself and Brandon. The advances in each of our hearts to be rooted in Christ individually as well as a family, are a clear indication of His sovereign hand and perfect timing.


In reflecting on my goals set out in January, I was a bit taken aback at how far we'd come already. My exhausted self was having a hard time focusing in on all of the progress made during the last seven months. I set out to be intentional and though it has been daunting at times, the payback for digging sincerely into my life and mission for our family has my heart rejoicing with praise.

Jump back, spend ten minutes reflecting on your resolutions and see how it will mold your heart for the closing months of the year and be grateful for where you've come in these seven months!

Happy day, friends!

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