Dr. Erica Goodstone is a Spiritual Relationship Healer helping men and women heal their relationships through love.
Dr. Erica has been actively involved with blogging and social media for many years, having been coached by some of the leading online marketers. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Marriage Counselor, Sex Therapist, Body Oriented Psychotherapist and Personal Health and Wellness Coach, Dr. Erica’s life’s work is about revealing the simple secret to creating love that endures. Hint – it all begins with self-love.
What is the focus of your blog?
This is my authority site, a place where I have consolidated all my areas of expertise with links to the many courses, books, articles, blogs, videos, as well as radio and TV appearances. The original focus was about speaking and the media, but I finally let go of my therapy oriented site, a template site costing me unnecessary monthly fees and no control over updating my menus. I have brought that information here as well.
My main focus is, and has always been, healing through love, which includes healing the body, mind, spirit and relationships with everyone and everything that exists.
How did you get into blogging? What made you choose this path?
I had my first web site, SexualReawakening.com, around 1998, before wordpress was available. It was an html site, very primitive by today’s standards, without a blog. I used cute little icons as tabs for the different pages.
My blogging actually started with the book I had written that was sitting in a file box for 13 years. Then, in 2008, Glenn Dietzel offered a course: “How to Write Your Book in 12 Hours or Less”. My book had taken 2 1/2 years to write and had undergone lots of editing. This course, however, introduced me to the many different facets of the online world. One of the group facilitators asked me:
“Why don’t you take out the book you already wrote instead of trying to write a new one.”
Duh! That was the start of print on demand books and also ebooks. I created my book using Lulu.com and then I created my ebook. But the book was too large and I divided it into 4 parts to make the books easier to read.
In this course I was also introduced to article writing, so I ended up writing 100’s of articles for Ezineartcles.com, Examiner.com, Selfgrowth.com, Gather.com, Sta.rtup.biz (where Lesly Federici and I met for the first time). I created a blog at blogspot.com and at wordpress.com, easily set up and easy to continue writing.
Finally, toward the end of that year long training, their tech guy helped me create my first wordpress blog site. The main site was a quiz (that recently stopped working because the php needs upgrading) and the blog site was an addition to this site: http://CreateHealingAndLoveNow.com/blog
Since then I have created several additional blog sites, each with a different focus for a different population.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started your business?
I wish I had realized that so many of these big “gurus” are huffing and puffing but not really delivering. Along the way there were some real people, therapists who were creating success online, but I thought the marketers knew more so I didn’t take trainings from these therapists. However, finally, I realized that those with a therapy background would much better understand my desire to be a “difference maker”, not just someone hoarding in the money at other people’s expense.
The other thing I wish I had understood, although I know I heard it many times, was the importance of giving to others and focusing on what my readers and potential clients want and need – not what I think they “should” want or what I think is most important.
What is your most proud blog related achievement? How did it affect you and/or your business?
The creation of my authority site has established me as the professional that I am. On this site I have organized, consolidated and highlighted the many different areas of my knowledge and experience. And as I keep refining the tabs and fine-tuning the sub-pages, it brings me lots of media attention, lots of invitations to speak on virtual summits and at some live events, and the exact types of clients that I love working with.
Please share a blog post that you want to highlight? Why did you choose this one?
The blog post I chose is Relationships Can Heal. It is from my first blog site. I chose this because I created a video that signifies my focus on healing relationships through love.
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How do you manage time to run your business efficiently?
In 2000, I took an early retirement from my 25 year position as a professor of health and physical education. After relocating to Florida, I continued my part time private practice, joined several tennis teams and soaked in the sun. In 2004, I joined online directories to increase my client attraction and that started me on the quest to learn more and more about the internet.
I do not run my business efficiently. Brian Tracy, big time marketer, once said about his work, “I worked until my eyes bled.” That is how I feel at times. I work very hard, long hours at the computer, involved in many different aspects of the online world. Blogging is an important part of my online work and I also have a weekly radio show where I have interviewed so many amazing best selling authors, trainers of huge programs, and people who have healed from devastating illness and traumas against all odds. My virtual summits have re-connected me with colleagues in my many different areas of training and I have connected with so many new and wonderful people, men and women making a huge contribution to the world.
What aspects of your business do you want to learn more about?
Delegating. That is one thing I still have not mastered. I have worked with assistants as needed but not enough to make my work easier yet.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do for fun?
Watch old romantic movies. I just saw a beautiful old movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty called “The Only Game in Town”. I also love my health club where I work out several times every week and then relax in the jacuzzi, sauna and steam. I love meeting a friend for breakfast, lunch or dinner and just chatting away until the waiters are ready for us to leave. And I plan to get back to my tennis as soon as my upcoming virtual summit, Healing Recovery Virtual Retreat, ends.
What else do you want us to know about you?
I’ve been married since 1986. My one regret is not having had children but at that time it seemed to be a choice between getting married and having children or pursuing my career and getting my doctorate. Somehow there didn’t seem to be enough time for both. Times have changed and women now have so many more options. I love working with clients who are motivated to heal and willing to face their own issues. I feel so alive and intimately connected in the healing process together.
Get More From Dr. Erica Goodstone:
Love Me, Touch Me, Heal Me Book (affiliate link)
Love in the Blizzard of Life Book (affiliate link)
Love Lessons for the Soul – 30 Day Love Challenge
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Currently Dr. Erica is interviewing thought leaders, best-selling authors, trainers, therapists, coaches, counselors and healthcare practitioners for her next virtual summit which coincides with National Prevention week on May 14th. One of those experts is PAC’s very own Lydia Brown. Lydia is an advocate for Alcohol and Addiction Treatment. You will learn more about Lydia right here during next week’s PAC Member Spotlight and on Dr. Erica’s summit.
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