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Heart-centered Q&A with the Founder of Synergetic Spaces + Damselfly Digital, Erin Marie Ratliff


Established 1983


If you're anything like me, selecting a coach or consultant to bring into your life requires hours of research, scrolling and "stalking" to find that perfect fit and vibe. So if that's what brought you to this page, then to you I say "WELCOME" with open arms. It's so nice to meet you!

The purpose of this post is to provide deeper insight into ME. You'll get to know my quirks and inner workings so that you can understand me better personally and professionally. This is me being open and vulnerable as possible in the hopes that YOU will be able to do the same when we work together in the future, whether that is through an upcoming energy attunement in your home, or a marketing project for your growing business.


Whether it's in your Self or your Space, I believe that TRANSPARENCY opens the doors for TRANSFORMATION.

First off, my Personal Disclaimer

You may see me preach and project the ideal of achieving a "perfect" life but as we all know, true perfection is unattainable. There is no perfect space, just like there is no perfect person. We also each set our own definition of perfect. That feeling, that energy of genuine joy is completely, entirely up to you.


I have worked really hard to create a life that feels in perfect alignment with my true and authentic self. But I am dedicated to the LIFE-LONG journey of self-healing, self-discovery and cultivation. I don’t claim to have all the answers, and am committed to learning every day and every way. In other words, I am allowing myself to change and grow while empowering and helping others do the same.


We are ALL a giant work in progress - evolving and growing every day. Change is a beautiful, and completely natural thing! I believe that we should try our best every new day. And if your ascension doesn't happen in this lifetime then you are always given the opportunity to try again in your next one ;)

Like an onion, I have many layers

Most people would also be surprised to find out that I am a walking set of contradictions. I am a plant lover with a black thumb, a foodie who can't cook, a productivity master who loves naps., and the list goes on..


Being a neurodivergent, non-comforming, hyper-curious, multi-passionate, multi-dimensional multi-potentialite is both a torturous yet wonderful existence. And like the Yin and Yang I must accept and embrace it all. Life is so much richer and interesting this way! That being said, from the outside looking in, some people are not quite sure what to make of me, and that's ok. At the end of the day I am like everyone else- much too complex to be put in a box.


Cheers to all of the polarities in life! The dual nature of my personality, needs, talents, and interests manifest in my career as an entrepreneur as well. Because I despise the term "Life Coach" and "Digital Marketer" is far too vague - here are some more clever job titles I have come up with as a "Free-Spirited Freelancer"

At this point, you are either completely confused and overwhelmed, or very intrigued. Keep reading if it's the latter! :)

 

BACKGROUND & STORY


My childhood was kind of ideal: happily married parents, one lovely younger sibling, a supportive extended family, an amazing public education, a minimalist modern home in rural Virginia, defined by decades of immersive nature experiences and outdoor adventures.


My teenage years were a different story. I spent lunchtime hiding in a bathroom stall because I was suddenly ostracized from my peer group and had too much social anxiety to find new friends. I felt a deeply depressing sense of un-belonging and misunderstanding. So when I finally mustered the courage to put my self out there, it was not a genuine and authentic version - it was what I thought people wanted of me. Unfortunately this toxic pattern of people-pleasing continued well into my adulthood- until my Great Becoming.


As a Geography major, I originally wanted to be an urban planner (yes- a scientifically accepted version of feng shui!), however at that time after college I knew I would get restless with an office job. My inner camp-counselor took over and I began to pursue a career in Environmental Education, getting certified by both federal and state institutions to present outdoor curriculum-based programming to youth and adults. Those years in nature were fun and formative, but I longed for a more "adult" job.


The irony is that years later I eventually wound up with that dreaded cubicle job that I ran from! For over a decade I worked as a digital marketer specializing in social media, SEO, ORM, and PR for agencies and nonprofits, all the while exploring my passions (nature, service work, and storytelling) in my own way and at my own pace.


All of these things have come together today to manifest in my two primary creative business ventures. Synergetic Spaces and Damselfly Digital. Two different industries that share one thing in common: encouraging others to learn, grow and thrive in their journey to abundance by deepening their connection to Self and the Earth.


Looking back on my career I've done it all... From Retail to Hospitality & Tourism to Education to Marketing & Events, Non-profit, For-profit, the list goes on... I am grateful to have had a winding and diverse career path full of so much professional growth and development. I can be a bit insecure about my apparent "lack of clarity, focus or direction" but on the other hand, I wouldn't be who I am today without all of those varied experiences!


For anyone who judges my job-hopping tendencies or questions my non-linear career path to them I ask: What is the point in suffering in an experience/opportunity that doesn't fulfill your needs energetically or financially? I'd much rather be true to myself than go through the motions of a job just for the optics of longevity. It's far more sustainable to attach yourself to a mission/calling/purpose than a specific company, organization or project.


Today I practice what I preach to my clients in my own life: always seeking to adapt, improve and grow, trying new things and not settling for anything that doesn't serve the highest purpose and potential.


SPIRIT & SOUL

My Ikigai (the Japanese term for "your reason for being” or purpose)....

To create something from the source of my inner spirit that is purposeful and powerful enough to impact the greater good.. This manifests as content creation and coaching relating to personal and planetary healing:

  • Energy alignment and alchemy, elemental wisdom

  • Personal and professional development, self-actualization,

  • Practical spirituality, depth psychology and psychoenergetics

  • Holistic wellness, lifestyle design and environmental sustainability.




My soul mission in life is to help other souls rise to their full potential. To help them elevate, optimize and improve their energetic spaces: their homes, their health, and even their online presence.


Check out my official Manifesto for more...


Favorite Mantras & Mottos

  • "Leave everything better than you found it." To me this wisdom goes deeper than my obvious line of work. It's about integrity - doing the right thing even when no one is watching, always putting the greater good above the self.

  • "She turned her CANTs into CANs and her dreams into plans." This quote resonates with because I am a dreamer, a doer, and a thinker. I see possibility and potential everywhere I go and in whatever I do.

  • "Do what you love and the money will follow". This is true in almost all cases, but the key is to know what that "love" really feels like. It comes from your deepest core, and takes a ton of self-discovery, introspection, reflection and uncovering.

  • "Work smarter, not harder" I thrive in efficiency systems and organizational effectiveness. I am always looking to optimize my time and productivity - learning how to save energy and create the path of least resistance (and burnout). I wish the rest of the world valued creative intelligence and simplicity in this same way.

  • "If it's not a resounding yes, it's a no." This has been a game-changer in the way I move through life, work, and relationships. I no longer settle for mediocre, so-so or luke-warm. It's simple: the choices that inspire complete clarity and confidence are the ones worthy of my time and energy. I manifest and wait for the BEST and greatest, so that there is no "deciding".


I Geek Out on...

All things process and systems related- whether it is frameworks and schools in feng shui, or marketing theory or content strategy.


My favorite part of my job is... creating real and lasting change in people's lives, while also impacting the larger collective.


I strive to live my life and operate my business with... Integrity, Authenticity and Compassion.


"Awkward in Small Talk, Fluent in Soul Talk"