We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Yeschin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
There’s a saying that keeps cropping up, mostly via memes, that offers various forms of “We all have the same 24hrs in a day”. This bothers me for I, personally, find it rather dismissive of other people’s circumstances and almost demeaning if they’re not full-on 24/7, 365. While we all experience the same time frame in the earth’s rotation of the sun, each person’s activities, responsibilities and availabilities vary greatly. (ie: Cinderella and her Step-Sisters…Beyonce and well, me.) A single person living alone working stable 9-5 without the responsibility of even a goldfish has a very different experience in 24hrs than that of a single parent, working multiple jobs just to make ends meet, while also caring for their children. We don’t all have the ‘same’ 24 hrs in a day but we DO all have the option to make goals and put plans in place to achieve those goals based on what our specific 24hrs in a day looks like.
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.
For 15 years I’ve worked with children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds using literary engagement as a tool for mental and emotional growth. I’ve seen the positive impact of storytelling firsthand, but it wasn’t until 2016 – the year I became a mother – that I was able to see this impact at home. My goal with Hippocampus Clubhouse is for parents, caregivers and teachers to have a strong & truly inclusive resource for increasing diversity in their household and classrooms to assist their nurturing of neural pathways in developing minds. With engaging storytelling and parenting resources rooted in neuroscience, children can garner the tools necessary for becoming confident, goal oriented, emotionally intelligent and empathetic humans leading us to a more aware and inclusive, peaceful society.
I believe that all children have the right to knowledge and posses the power to make an impact on this planet. Any child can become inspired to change the world when they’re empowered by literacy and engaged by the art of storytelling.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many amazing things to see when visiting Los Angeles, and while most aren’t as accessible as they were Pre-Covid, the natural beauty of living so close to both the Mountains, Desert and the Sea is truly invaluable.
When visiting, the beach is a must. Whether you’re looking for a more quiet and private sandy experience with Malibu and Zuma or you want the sun and fun of the Santa Monica Pier, the Pacific Coast has a lot to offer. Our comedy clubs and live music venues are top notch and should be opening back up soon. The museums & botanical gardens are just as breathtaking and being outdoors offers a respite from the lack of normalcy that post-covid life has created.
Los Angeles also has something for every culinary palate so whether you’re looking for a familiar staple or wanting to be more adventurous, there’s foodie delights all over the city. Redondo Pier is fun for the freshest crab and fish boils, WeHo & Los Feliz have incredible vegan and vegetarian options yet still have incredible opportunities for the carnivore in your life. Koreatown is fabulous for the paleo set, Little Ethiopia offers authentic East African cuisine, while Pico Blvd keeps it Kosher.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When it comes to who and what I have to thank for bringing my success to this point, it takes effort to keep it short. There are so many gifts I received from others that allowed me to even believe that I could achieve the success I have today let alone reach that goal.
Without my immediate family, Mike Hetzler, Sara Khayat, Adriane Ransom, Casey Farrell, Georgie Eisdell and Elva Garcia there would be no Hippocampus Clubhouse and that’s the truth. All of the parents, caregivers, teachers, pediatricians and therapists who’ve helped to extend the outreach of Hippocampus Clubhouse and its message are truly what made this entire platform take off and flourish. It’s through their support that our little listeners not only enjoy their storytime but have the opportunity to see themselves in a story, be exposed to stories of other children and gain tools to help them gain emotional awareness, intelligence and expand their minds further through growth mindset strategies. Combined with the lessons learned and inspiration found through Glennon Doyle’s Untamed, Sara Blakley’s Masterclass (thanks Mom!) and the support of my friends, I was able to find the courage to put myself out there and create a platform that enriches the lives of children and helps them find their own voice. For all of the above, I am forever grateful.
Other: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hippocampus-clubhouse/id1518676605 https://open.spotify.com/show/69w5kbciSF8E1t8mKClNWz?si=qBTtDMhPQv-CpyxNlfqx7g https://www.audible.com/pd/Hippocampus-Clubhouse-Podcast/B08K57BJJ8