You Have to Make Space for Greatness

On Tuesday, I will finally be announcing the most exciting program I have been working on, in a long time. So be sure to open your email from me then, because there will be a very special offer for you.

In the meantime, let’s talk about making space in our lives.

From my first visit to New York City at age 16, I felt the need to live in the East Village in my bones.

Hip. Grungy. Artist-filled. It was the ultimate playground for a wide-eyed artist ready to take on the world.

Fast forward to my first year after college. Through several odd jobs and a lot of penny-pinching, I scrounged together enough money to get a studio smack dab in the middle of East Village. It was 250 square feet…

But not of the intricately-designed, modern tiny home variety.

It was a former tenement building with room for a bed and a small seating area. The bathroom had a stand-up shower and a toilet; no sink. Paper-thin walls left nothing to the imagination with my neighbors.

Despite all its pitfalls, it was everything I wanted.

Over time, though, my Bohemian fantasy began to wear thin. Around that time, a friend told me about a program in which 20 percent of the units in new, luxury doorman buildings in Chelsea were being subsidized for people who fell within a low-income bracket. (Yup, me.)

There was an application process. Case managers. A healthy waiting list. At first, I stayed on top of it all. But gradually, my dedication waned.

I was so used to my neighborhood, my way of life, and even my struggle, that a part of me thought I would lose my identity by moving to the posh location.

I enjoyed the safety. I knew who I was in my studio. I knew things weren’t perfect, but it was familiar.

My world shook a bit the day a friend told me this: “Erin, you have to make room for greatness.”

I wasn’t going to get the apartment of my dreams — the one that would, and did, open so many doors for me — if I remained stuck in my situation, not clearing the space for something better.

I walked to the building. Greeted the doormen. Strolled through the neighborhood, getting on the subway at the nearest station. Then, every night after, I visualized that as my every day. I let go of my current situation in my mind, body, and soul.

Not only did I get the apartment, but I learned a life-changing lesson:

And then?

We need to call it in. 

What do you need to clear in order to have the calm; the strength; the change you crave?

And how will you call it in when that space is made?

It’s not easy to let go of the familiar — but it can be so worth it.

If you’re ready to call in your success, leave me a comment below and tell me specifically, what area of your life needs more space for greatness. Where do you need to put a little attention and energy on, in order for you to feel more powerful?  Then, I want you to declare it — and be ready for me to celebrate it with you. 🙂

With love,

P.S. Talk about calling in Greatness. Holy cow, it’s been a little crazy over here with our new program. Be sure to open your email from me this coming Tuesday. I’m finally sharing what I have been working on the last few months and there will be a special offer, just for you!

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17 Responses to You Have to Make Space for Greatness

  1. Emmah says:

    I am calling and declaring greatness in my career and financial life.

  2. Betsy says:

    I just finished my MFA and am realizing that just adding letters to my name isn’t a magic pill. My mindset has to change as well. I have to make space for transformation. I want to develop online creativity classes to supplement and eventually replace my teaching income.

  3. Chelsea says:

    I’ve been feeling stuck and bogged down by finances and time constraints. It feels as though I’m always busy, always full speed ahead, always running. I’m ready to slow down, relax, and allow others to help more with this road to success, because it IS happening. I’m calling in financial abundance, less stress, more balance, more family time, less exhaustion, more elation! More of the spirit I had before I felt too stressed for too long.

  4. Lisa says:

    I’ve been so fixated on making sure I have enough savings to take care of myself in retirement that I’ve set myself up to be alone as a result. A month from age 60 and I am the poster child for social isolation. It seems everyone has all the friends and family they need. Not sure how to fix this. I’ve been on my own for my entire adult life.

  5. Melinda says:

    I am calling in greatness and clarity as I walk in to the next phase. As my child grows older I want to further fulfill my calling and discover how/where to serve.

  6. Kourtney says:

    Good morning! This is so crazy because I have be struggling to get out of a home space that I have been in for 12 years. It is time for me to renew, let go, and find a new space for me to declare my greatness. It has been quite hard to hit my goal to move before the end of the year but from this day forward I will put every effort into making sure I try even harder to achieve my dream. Thank you!!!

  7. I have been unpacking and moving into our new home for two years now. I have had great difficulty parting with “stuff” . It’s just simply time. I want to move on to other creative endeavours and continually spinning around all the “stuff” is exhausting and stealing all my time. I declare it is time to let go and make room for the future!

  8. Leanne Collings says:

    Relationships, specifically Mom/son. I make time for my son and value our relationship, keeping it healthy and strong for both of us. This is my declaration.

  9. Judith Penn says:

    My weight and lack of commitment to get rid of it. I know if I would follow through my confidence and energy would return.

  10. Rebecca Canright says:

    As a recent college graduate, I commit to going forth in the world and doing meaningful, good work to contribute to ecological/planetary healing. This is something I’m really passionate about, because Mother Earth is our shared home and I feel called to do great things to protect her.
    Thanks for the post, Erin! I can relate to your story.
    Peace and warmth!

  11. Kari Gill says:

    I’m great at visualizing the greatness I’m calling in- but my verbal internalized conversation is very different. I can apply, imagine, promote myself and visualize….but in the waiting period, I start to doubt myself and prepare for rejection. Which is exactly what I have been getting!

    My potential is so much greater than my resume! My belief in self is not accurately represented by my words- I’m hoping to change that!!??

  12. Anna says:

    Hi Erin. Your mail made a light bulb switch on in my head. After a painful divorce I and the death of my parents I started a new life. I have a new career and a new partner but I seem to be stuck with one leg in my old life: possessions, stuff that belonged to my family, my former life, memories are holding me back. I realise I need to be brutal and do a “Marie Kondo” to make space for a new life. Thanks for reminding me.

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