How to Rebuild from Rock Bottom

Healer and entrepreneur, L’Erin Alta, on how to create true freedom and build your life (and business) around it

Sometimes life gives you lemons and you make lemonade.

Sometimes you just get a crate of lemons.

L’Erin Alta is a healer. She got a lot of lemons. Eventually, she turned her lemons into healing but for awhile she just had lemons.

L’Erin grew up alongside a mentally ill family member whose sickness went undiagnosed until adulthood. L’Erin’s childhood was fraught with uncertainty, explosive outbursts, and disorientating pain.

When L’Erin was a sophomore in college she suffered a depression so complete she found herself unable to get off the floor of her apartment.

The summer of her sophomore year, L’Erin lost three close friends: one to a car accident, one to post-surgery complications, and one to drowning. L’Erin would go on to lose a dear friend or family member every 3 to 9 months for the next five years.

L’Erin grew up in a family that was fourth generation college educated. Her great grandfather, her grandparents, and her parents had bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Education was in her blood. Schooling was her lineage.

But L’Erin was lost and the questions she had did not have answers in textbooks or college classrooms.

So L’Erin left school.

It wasn’t until I hit rock bottom that I realized I didn’t care what we did in my family. I didn’t care what the family culture was anymore. It wasn’t worth the pain. That forced me to say, “I have to do what works for me. I have to do what makes me happy.”

And over the next several years she traveled to 23 countries sitting at the feet of shamans and sherpas, ministers and medicine women. She went through rituals and rites, practiced and prayed, and over time, she healed.

By the time she returned to the states L’Erin knew what she was here for.

Doing what I wanted to do — that sense of liberation is what really ignited me on my path. And it wasn’t easy. I had to learn how to really trust myself. It forced me to get down to the nuts and bolts of my truth. And that is what gave me the tools to come back and say, “This is the life I’m going to create and I don’t know how I’m going to do it but I’m going to do it. I’m going to figure this out.”

Now L’Erin is a healer. And by healer, I mean warrior. A healer to the healers. She is a “soul guide, shadow diver, and spiritual teacher.” She’s been to the darkest of places, and like a phoenix, has risen from the ashes.

L’Erin has spent the last 17 years helping others navigate the murky, and often treacherous waters, of devastation, depression, and loss. She’s learned how to bring them to the other side. It’s her business. It’s her passion. And it’s her life’s work.

In this week’s conversation on The Creativity Habit Podcast, L’Erin shares the way back from the depths of despair, the key to liberation (seriously), how to start (and restart) your business brick-by-virtual-brick, lessons learned from depression, brain surgery and tragic loss, and how to trust yourself even when you’re the only one.

Listen to our conversation here.

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