Hey! I’m Erin, an editor who works with Internet-based entrepreneurs to develop clear, consistent websites and create awesome digital products. I’m also a dedicated remakeable and multipotentialite with a zillion more interests and aspirations.
You might be wondering what an editor is doing blogging about DIY personal development. I’m glad you asked.
How I Got Here
In early 2012, I read a book that changed my life. What I realized is simple: This? Right now? This is my life. These passing moments are it. No more moving passively through life. No more peering out at the world from the snug cave of my comfort zone.
I made a promise to myself that I would work hard at the things I want. I would make time for my dreams. I would strive to travel light. And now, I’m crafting the life I want out of the materials I have. I’m joyfully embracing the adventure of life as I remake myself.
This Is Where the Editing Comes In
Since graduating from college, I’ve done a lot of drifting. And I held all those jobs that drifters often do, working in the service and retail industries. In the deepest, darkest part of my mind, I’d let myself think about starting my own business. But I never let that dream out into the light. I never believed I could make it happen.
Toward the end of my most recent job, I realized: I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t satisfied. I was fed up with working for little pay and less respect. I had to let that secret dream out and see where I could take it. I had to embrace the pioneer I never outgrew and strike out on my own.
Why editing, you ask? Words are in my blood. They always have been. I’ve been editing since I was just a kid, helping friends and siblings with their school papers. In the intervening years, I’ve edited research papers for my academically-minded acquaintances, blog posts and website pages for friends, and Facebook posts for huge brands. I just. Love. Editing. Give me something to edit and I’m like that proverbial pig in mud. I’ve even been known to tweet things like:
But I realized I don’t want to work with just anyone. I want to work with the awesome people doing what I’m doing: following their passions and bootstrapping their way in this crazy new online world. Pioneers, if you will. I know what it’s like to walk that road. I’m walking it, too.
(Want to work with me? I’ll see you over on the Services page!)
The Other Things I’m Doing
Claiming my role as an editor is a big part of this life transformation, of course, but it’s not the whole story. Since I started my journey, I’ve hit some other milestones, big and small, that have literally changed my life. I wrote an ebook about the things I’ve learned in this new life of mine. I started daily mindfulness and yoga practices and began clearing out a lot of excess stuff.
All this actual doing feels so good — I don’t intend to stop any time soon!
The Role of This Site
Remade By Hand is the name of this site, its community, and my editing services, as well as a philosophy. I dream of a home for remakeables around the world, where camaraderie and support abound and where anyone on a similar journey will feel welcome.
This site will evolve as I go. It must, if it is to serve its purpose. But at its heart, it will always be about the journey — yours and mine, both.
I do not aspire to be an expert. Instead, I pledge to be genuine and honest. I promise to never stop growing, to always be learning. I will do my best to inspire you to do the same.
Never forget: We are remakeable.
One More Thing
I love talking to fellow remakeables and solo entrepreneurs. I love hearing their stories and helping when I can. If you find a connection here, if something strikes a chord, please say hello. This community is yours at least as much as it is mine. I would love to meet you!