Erin Vogt, mother of two, shifted from community social worker to wellness coach during the 2020 lockdowns, committed to showing up powerfully for moms who wish to matter first in their own life after overcoming post-partum depression twice.
Q. If you could give your past self some advice, what would you say?
I would tell myself that no matter what, you will persevere. You will either win or learn. Today’s disaster is tomorrow’s glory story, even though it feels impossible now, keep your faith strong that there is always a way out of this swamp. Every challenge presents a beautiful opportunity when you choose to see the light instead of the darkness in any situation.
Q. When you first started in your career, what made you start and how did you know you were ready?
During the 2020 lockdowns I saw a Facebook ad that led me to pursuing health and life coaching certification. This was a scary leap to move from non-profit employee (social work) to part-time student while homeschooling my kids. I envisioned being an online entrepreneur since 2012. I had this dream of starting a wellness coaching business and had no idea how or why, and kept watering this dream. Even while in depression, I had faith that I would find my way and the stillness and life-changing events of 2020 prompted me to jump headfirst. It was now or never! Turns out my experiences with mental health challenges and suicidal ideation were meant to fuel the purpose behind my coaching. Once I made the leap I went into overdrive where clients, masterminds, networking groups and even a sales position with my coach presented itself. Turns out I was the only standing in my way!
Q. Who has been your greatest influence in business?
Mel Robbins and Brené Brown fueled me and saved my sanity through my years as a young mom. I consumed everything they wrote, sent in emails, podcasts, Ted Talks. They helped plant hundreds of seeds in my garden of possibility at a time I was hanging on by a thread. One day I will be in a conversation with Brené Brown about vulnerability and shame!
I am a sponge of personal development books, audios, podcasts and have been for 20 years. Robin Sharma and Jack Canfield solidified the importance of self-development early on. My current influences in leadership and coaching include Tara Oldridge and Boston Breakthrough Academy.
Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself as having written my book, running an award-winning podcast for moms from all backgrounds to share their stories of overcoming depression, trauma and serious limiting beliefs. I envision a future of joy, connection, authenticity, being present for my kids, my husband and my coaching company. I am impacting 20,000 families. Influencing my daughters and nieces to find their strongest versions of themselves.
Q. Do you have a mantra that you live by?
My mantra has been: “Light up the dark with your spark.” I see people everywhere, especially today, are searching for light. What can I do? Even if that is a single smile, hello, or a reach out in appreciation this is a ripple effect of positivity. I strive to be that ripple.
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