We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Label Me Loved was created through experience. And not just that of my own but of women who have had their own journey of pain and heartbreak and didn’t let it stop them but caused them to prevail, conquer dreams, and share their stories. I wanted to create a safe space for women to come together and talk about their journeys for the purpose of healing themselves and inspiring others. I started this business because there was a need for it. Our events focus on strengthening relationships, creating authentic friendships, networking, and entrepreneurship.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being a creative is a challenge in itself. I have struggled with always wondering if my work was good enough, if people would like it, is it too this or that, and blah blah blah blah. Eventually, I had to take the risk and jump right in. After being inspired by the women attending my events, I prayed for God to put it in my heart to create something tangible for them. And boy, did He? I woke up one night with the idea of a healing journal. When I say the idea, I mean the whole vision came to me, the title, the format, everything. I had to get up out of the bed and write the introduction right then and there. The Heartbreak Hybrid Journal is unique healing journal combined with a collection of short stories, prompts, inspirational quotes, and more. It is currently available on Amazon and I have been blessed to receive feedback on how it has helped people on their healing journeys. I learned to stop worrying about what people are going to think and focus on my mission and purpose. I want people to know that no matter how hard life gets, everything you need to move forward is already in you. Label Me Loved is a passion brand that promotes healing, connection, networking, and entrepreneurship.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My friends and I are so laidback so this would be an easy breezy but super fun week for us. We would definitely hit up a beach or three and make a whole day out of it bringing a speaker because music is a necessity, a bottle of tequila, and some snacks. We may or may not actually take a dip in the ocean. My best friend is a pescatarian so LA/Pasadena area is ideal for making sure we can meet his dietary needs and mine. We don’t need super fancy restaurants but we love finding cute spots with a cool ambiance like The Raymond in Pasadena or Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen in Inglewood. We also live for a good rooftop moment so we would definitely hit the nightlife for good music and drinks in either Hollywood, Downtown LA, or Beverly Hills. We also will have to workout because he is also building his brand Fit With M3 and lives an active lifestyle. We’ll most likely go hiking at the Claremont Loop or the infamous Runyon Canyon Park. The rest of the week will be filled with shopping and chilling indoors watching movies, baking, karaoke, and playing drinking games. Like I said easy breezy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who supported me through this endeavor but the person that stands out the most is Kristen Lee, Founder of the Doyenne Tribe and CEO of Roxie x Harper. We met at the beginning of 2019 after direct messaging each other on Instagram and it has been on since then! She taught me so much about creating a brand, building a website, and hosting events. We attending each other’s events throughout 2019 and have supported each other’s projects faithfully. She is now running her own Brand Development and Production company and I couldn’t be more proud of and motivated by her!