Happiness Interview: Erin Szymanski of glitteR & gRit

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Erin Szymanski and I met through a local mastermind group just before she opened her bridal shop in Pittsburgh.

You’d never guess by looking at Erin that she owns a bridal shop. She’s more likely to be wearing black leather pants than white lace, but that’s exactly why she created glitteR & gRit: she wanted a place for people like her.

It turns out there are a lot of people like her. Her shop has been wildly successful, in no small part because of Erin’s unwavering ability to listen to her gut.

I’ve never met anyone so in tune with and willing to listen to their own intuition.

I’ve watched Erin make numerous business decisions – seemingly effortlessly – by checking in with who she is and what her vision is. “No, that just isn’t a good fit for me,” she’ll say.

I aspire to have as much confident in my instincts as she has in hers. This is a woman we can all learn a little something from.

Erin SzymanskiWhat makes you happy?

Sunshine peeking from behind dark clouds, a good cup of coffee, sitting with my besties and just watching their kids, staying at the dinner table for hours after the food’s gone because the conversation is so good, baby animals. Oh. And wine.

Really though, anything that connects or roots me to a moment. Something that calls your attention to be fully present.

How do you incorporate what makes you happy into your day-to-day life?

Since connecting is so important to me, I try to make a point to have something in my day that does just that, be it a sunny text to a friend, meeting someone new – or not – for coffee or a drink, thanking someone for their impact in my life. I reach out a lot; nurturing relationships with the people in my life eases my soul.

Are there any “shoulds” you’ve had to let go of in order to pursue your happiness?

I took the steps in my adult life that were as close as I could get to all the “shoulds;” go to school, work hard, have a profession. And then I threw it all away!

Working in a cubicle was wrong for me from day one, and having my own business, while completely terrifying, has been the happiest “misstep” ever.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about happiness?

walk with the dreamersIt’s more of an encouragement to leap; for me, that’s happiness.

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  1. This interview is reeking of positivity. I love it!
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