We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Francis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want the world to remember that I was here – that my life made a difference in whatever small way that may seem on a larger scale. When I die, I want people to remember that I LIVED on my own terms. That I unapologetically, loved hard, cried, laughed, danced, took risks, humbly received rewards for my successes, practiced forgiveness, made mistakes and challenged myself in uncomfortable situations. We all want to be known as someone who truly made a difference, to leave an imprint on this world, and to leave behind something that can make the future a little brighter. I want to have a strong legacy not only because I want to be remembered fondly, but also because I want my life to count for something bigger. When you die, some people will remember you by the imprint you’ve left in their lives, hearts, and minds. People shape their perceptions of you through your interactions with them. I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference and continuously bounced back and fought when giving up wasn’t an option. I wish someday for my sons to say, “Our mother’s imprint on the world was that of kindness, love, compassion, and professional guidance to people who needed help.” We’ve all got roles in our lives. Mine is to be a good daughter, mother, sister, friend, cousin, and colleague. Thinking about my legacy leads me to treat others with more kindness, empathy, and fairness. It feeds the natural desire to act selflessly toward others. I want my life and my sons’ lives to be seen a gift to the world and not as a threat to modern society based on the color of our skin and not our character. Now, more than ever, I’m asking myself these questions because I want to be remembered for being a positive person in a world full of negativity and hate. I don’t want to let the world harden me. So, I choose to be optimistic but REALISTIC. I choose to be vulnerable but TO BE HEARD. I want people to remember me for being real. Rather than bow my head and play victim, I want to use my challenges, past mistakes, and scars to help other people. It seems like so much of what we spend our time and energy on will not be what people remember. Our physical appearance, how much money we make, our status in social circles, how big our home is, what kind of car we drive, a superficial perception to society, aren’t what people will remember. I think we all hope to be remembered for the good we did here on earth instead of the bad. With that said, we all have done things we’re not proud of, and there might be parts of our past we wish we could erase. No one is perfect. But, our character, and how we treat others, matters and will be remembered. I would like for my business, The Career Empress, to succeed in the number of lives that it has categorically changed by the number of resumes and business plans that it has produced and acted as a catalyst to life-changing occupations and businesses. If you’ve worked hard to develop a unique career or have successfully built and managed your own business, these are the stories that families, friends and communities take pride in. I want to leave behind a blueprint and details of how I managed to find success, what setbacks I encountered along the way, and wisdom to help those that may come after me. What will people remember about you? Were you kind? Did you help others? Were you a good friend? Did you light up a room with your personality and smile? Were you a good listener? Did you give to those in need? Were you friendly to strangers? Did you entertain people with your humor? Did you use your voice and platform to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves? Remember that you are the creator of your story. You control the narrative and how you want others to remember the life you lived if any part of your life has been misunderstood or otherwise miscounted, set it straight. Whatever life you’ve chosen for yourself has significant meaning to you and should be memorialized so that others will remember you for it. Your legacy lives on in the way others remember you and how you choose to tell your story in the end.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I established The Career Empress in 2014, after a passion and entrepreneurial mindset merged from several years of assisting individuals in taking their careers to the next level. Resume writing is its own creative medium, and as an experienced entrepreneur, legal writer, and graphic designer, I bring a unique marketing and information design perspective to The Career Empress that helps clients understand how to identify, appeal to and communicate with the right audience. I was always helping family and friends with writing or rewriting their resumes, and I realized that I could reach and help many more people outside of my inner circle. I have over 24 years of experience in the legal field as a Legal Assistant, which is a key contributor in my technical and legal writing skills. I began my career in Beaumont, Texas, and moved to the Greater Houston Texas area and continued to perfect my craft. As a graduate of Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas (BAAS), I have worked in both the legal and educational field and have assisted job-seekers from entry to executive level in varying industries as well as offered specialized services to harder placed job seekers such as displaced workers, unemployed workers, career changers, workers with a criminal conviction, recent graduates and veterans. I have always loved helping others achieve their career goals by offering my insight and skillset in helping them break into a competitive job market.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d definitely like to thank and give my shout out to my number one lady, my mother, As the youngest of five, I have always been driven, as my mother and siblings set the bar high for me academically, professionally and morally. I’ve always had an interest in helping others — whatever I could do to assist someone that was within my reach I was always willing to do so happily. My mother is probably one of the most giving, humble, caring and loving people that I know and I’d like to think that I’ve taken on some of her amazing attributes and have applied them in my personal and professional life. My children definitely serve as my inspiration on a daily basis and provide me the love and encouragement that I need to continue to push forward and be the person that they deserve for me to be. I have so many people that motivate me that is probably too many to name but specifically to name a few would be my siblings, my nieces and nephews, my sisters-in-law, my best friends and my colleagues.
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