Meaning of the name:
Enduring, Leader, Useful, Appealing

My name is Erica“… was the phrase of the day. While a group of women were conversing, one of them confused another with someone else. Calling her someone else’s name. And as I heard her response I thought, Hmm…  Imagine me, hearing my next inspiration.

So what about Erica?
Turns out, it’s a double-dose derivation. A name with dual origins.

Erica has royal roots. It is the female variation of Eric, which essentially means unending ruler. Among the first noted leaders was the King of Denmark – Eric I, or Erik the Good, who ruled from the 11th-12th century. He was believed to be an extrovert. A strong, hardy man who was good with people. Outspoken. Charismatic.

There have been at least 15 Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian leaders with the same given name. Its general use became common then spread to other countries as people migrated. And in time, use of its female variation began.

But its botanical roots also contributed to the use of the name.

Like Rosita and Daisy – Erica is a flower name. A popular perennial from a beloved family of evergreens. Known for its aesthetic appeal… Often planted (strategically) for its lasting blooms… As an ornamental. In bouquets… Even used in herbal medicine. The floral tips are consumed in tea or put in bath water to help with inflammation.


The name Erica personifies an appealing usefulness • • •
One with leader-potential.

Just for You – Wall Art – Erica


October Born

Here’s an opportunity to pause and appreciate life.
We each have our own special holiday. For those born in October, enjoy it to the fullest.

This Month in History 

  • Animal Planet first aired in 1996.
  • Cartoon Network began in 1992.
  • Microsoft released version 1 of Word in 1983.
  • Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
  • IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on U.S. paper currency in 1957.
  • Peanuts was first published in 1950.
  • In 1908, Ford’s Model T automobiles sold for $825.

Moon Phase

The part of the moon we see illuminated changes as it orbits the earth. Throughout history, it’s been used to help identify seasonal change. Native Americans named the moon based primarily on weather patterns and activities. The Abenaki call the October Moon, “penibagos,” signifying the falling of leaves. Cherokee and Passamaquoddy refer to it as the harvest moon, a time when crops are harvested.

Interestingly, harvest time for the Northern Hemisphere occurs between September – October. Whereas, the end of growing season is generally between March – April in the Southern Hemisphere.

The next full moon occurs October 5.

Reasons to Celebrate

Seasons change and so can we.

As I reflect on my own progress, this has been a year of extreme growth. Things that used to bother me didn’t matter. The mean-talk… The schemes people played didn’t distract me. I’ve become more compassionate. Less selfish.
…How liberating!

Now, it’s your turn… Think of ways you’ve overcome. Struggles that don’t hurt as much. How have you changed?

That’s reason enough to celebrate.