We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Galia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, what principle do you value most?
The value of having soft strength has been resonating with me deeply during the uncomfortable awakening our society is facing. Soft strength is knowing we might not be liked by all, we might not agree with all, or have the same beliefs, but we know and agree with ourselves, our truth and we choose this path again and again. Soft strength is being kind, but firm – it’s being compassionate, understanding, empathetic.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started my career in the advertising realm in people experience + talent management and those work hard, play hard hours lead me down a path of self-discovery, which lead me to my freelance work of helping rising indie health + wellness brands with brand partnerships, business development, events and community curation. And over the past 4 years, I have had the absolute pleasure of pursuing this work. It has been quite a ride – freelance work is tough. It can be a hustle and it has not always been easy, but for every low I hit, I knew there was a high to continue to hope for. And at this moment, I’m excited to say I’m reaching for the sky as you have caught me during an evolution phase of my business. I have ALWAYS been compelled by the act of service; driven by my desires of uplifting our world, uplifting others. I have a passion for guiding companies, guiding people, creating safe grounds; encouraging them to grow, flourish and make larger, more meaningful imprints on our Earth. And as we continue to adapt to our new way of living during a pandemic, I’ve seen this common theme of everyone and everything wanting to simply reconnect with the foundation of what it means to live in harmony with the head and heart. When we do this, we are able to look at ourselves, our company, our team from a broader landscape so we can intuitively choose what steps to take individually and collectively, building a bridge for our dreams to meet our reality. My clients are entrepreneurs, businesses and millennials in the tech, health and wellness space – they are committed to making a difference in their day-to-day, work, and personal life. they want to use this unprecedented time to build a world we want to live in – one full of love and compassion. We work on goals around company/individual growth, eco-consciousness, relationships and partnerships, communication, habits, and mindfulness. I integrate various modalities, but have developed my own style and structure. My sessions include meditation, brainstorming, strategy, and collaboration that leave you with clear, simple steps and an impact plan to walk away with. In addition to this work, I also co-own a mission-driven meditation collective called, ROOTED beings. We share meditation classes and courses with the intention of modernizing the practice, bringing the benefits of consciousness to everyday life. We want to give our community the guidance and tools to breathe, connect with others and tap back into their own roots. And by doing so, we are awakening our society, building a forest of kind, loving, compassionate human beings who want to serve the greater good, making our world better each passing moment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
On Friday at 7:00am, we would wake up and head to the beach for an ocean dip and beach meditation. Come 8:00am, we head to M+Love Cafe in Manhattan Beach for a morning tonic or coffee. At 9:00am, we’ll get a little yoga flow on and head back to the beach with books, surf boards, snacks for a day spent in the sun. The evening would entail dinner (takeout from Rice Sushi) and drinks on my rooftop.
On Saturday at 8:00am we’ll awaken with the day with a nurturing meditation then drive to Ojai. Along the way, we would stop at Gjusta for baked goods and coffee then finish the drive to Ojai Caravan Outpost. The afternoon would be spent biking around the city, stopping at Barts Books, Ojai Valley Vineyards and ending with dinner at and fresh pasta making at Ojai Farmhouse.
To close the weekend out on Sunday, we would again, begin the day with a grounding meditation and head to Encintas for an all day spa day at Four Moons Spa.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I truly believe every human I have come into contact with over my lifetime has played a role in my success, and by success, I mean this role of becoming more me, more Erica. A role that I choose to step into every morning, of unraveling layers society has pasted onto me and revealing my true nature and being at peace with that. My family, my chosen family, co-workers and some other individuals I don’t speak to anymore have all left some sort of footprint along my path. My husband, the grounds beneath my feet, always there supporting me, encouraging me to take a risk, believing in me and my talents. My dog, Bo, for always reminding me to be present, to forgive quickly and to see the gifts in each moment because no two moments are the same. My mom, dad, family, Taryn, my chosen family Nicole, Jessica – it’s like they know parts of me that I’m still discovering, they are all my co-pilots guiding me, giving me direction, but letting me do the steering. And for those humans who I no longer speak to, whether for the good or bad, I’m equally as grateful because as a result of my time with them, I’ve grown a strong backbone, a kind, but firmer truth, a voice and strengthened my empathy muscle.