Erica Diamond: Jumping Off The Fence And Into Something Hot
She’s every woman’s friend -- a mom and blogger who believes that “supporting each other” is both natural and expected. She’s Erica Diamond, aka Women on the Fence, a blogging and entrepreneurial success story whose words are just as genuine as her enormous heart.
No, the lady ain't fake. Nor is she stupid. What drives Erica Diamond to do what she does is her deep-seeded belief that “all women should be each other's biggest fans.”
Naive? No....Erica is 'right on the money' in my opinion. Believing anything else is much too costly for the female population, our nation, and the world. We can't expect a unified globe if we, ourselves, can't get it together! "It's absurd," as the role of "peacemaker" begins with women, then travels outward -- to those we influence and the families we rear. The fact that Erica Diamond recognizes this makes her a gem to discover, as well as a blogger and entrepreneur to get to know. Enjoy doing so below.
What is your full name?
Where do you live?
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
How many children do you have?
Two boys, ages nine and twelve.
If you were asked to describe yourself in one word, what would that word be?
What is your personal mantra?
“The gut always knows.” I make decisions based upon my head and my gut but mostly my gut. That is where my strength lies.
Do you believe you have a “life’s purpose?” If so, share it.
My life’s purpose is to help other women ’get off the fence’ -- unstuck and thrive.
Tell us about you and your life.
I am a woman who wears many hats -- from spokesperson and brand ambassador to life coach, author, entrepreneur, mom, and wife. I love it that way.
Finish this sentence, “The best part about being a mom is _____.”
Watching your kids amaze you as they grow up and make their own life choices.
Do you blog for any group blogs or websites beyond your own?
I am a contributor to The Huffington Post and have guest written for other sites and blogs.
What is the name of your blog? When was it launched?
Women on the Fence. September 11th, 2009.
What is the primary focus of your blog?
We help women navigate everyday life, from career, parenting, relationships, health, sexuality, everything the modern woman is interested in and wants to learn about. But we do it a very non-judgmental, open-hearted, cool way. I am also the weekly parenting and lifestyle correspondent on Global News.
What do you hope to accomplish through it?
To inspire women everywhere to 'get off the fence'...to get unstuck and to thrive.
List any awards you have won.
Top 20 women in Canada, Forbes Top 100, Thirty Under Thirty and a host of others.
Are you a Brand Ambassador and if so, for which companies?
I’m am/have been a spokesperson for a bunch of brands that ‘speak to me,’ including Dove, Le Chateau, Aeroplan, Barbie (Canada), Lancome (Canada), and many others.
Beyond your blog, do you engage in other social media outlets such as Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, etc.?
Basically, everything - Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and more.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to moms who may be interested in beginning a blog?
Explore what your passions are and then go for it. Be open to the opportunities that come your way as a result. Blogging opens doors. Just find your niche and don’t be afraid of competition. Show your voice and provide value. If you do that, people will look to you as a resource.
Are you an entrepreneur or professional beyond your blog (and outside of being a mom)? Please share.
Yes, I am the founder of the new fashion invention Hadry.co. The story goes: I was sitting at the pool and saw a young mom with a shower cap on her head swimming in the pool with her baby. She was protecting her hair from the water and sun so as to attend a wedding later. I thought to myself, “What if there was a fashionable alternative to that showercap. Hence, HADRY which stands for HAIR and DRY and is available at Hadry.co. We sell online and almost sold out on both HSN and The View just a few weeks ago! It keeps your hair dry and keeps you looking stylish and glam at the same time.
Do you support – either formally or informally – a particular social cause?
Yes, I launched a movement called Get Off The Fence Movement in order to help men and women globally ‘get off their own fences.’ It is easy for people to ‘stay stuck,’ but it obviously isn’t optimal living. In my coaching practice or while speaking or on TV, I fight to motivate them to unlock their passion, define their own happiness, live life on their own terms, and manifest their hopes and dreams. I inspire bravery, courage, and accomplishment.
When all is said and done, what is the one thing you hope your loved ones and those who knew you remember about you?
As a woman who is a cheerleader of other women. Every woman’s best friend.
Erica expressed to me during our interview that she really wants to “help women find their strength to shine.” I believe her, which makes me really want to support Erica. This lady is “out there” for you. Her tough days are consumed by making yours easier. I’d suggest you 'get off the fence' and begin following Women on the Fence regularly. The fact is, "no one ever benefited from sitting on the fence for very long anyway..now did they?"