Erin Myers is the founder and CEO of Favored Freauxs, LLC, which is a faith based brand that was created due to her love for natural hair and her love for Christ. After losing her hair due to alopecia, one of the effects of Type 1 diabetes, God has birthed an ever-growing vision inside of Erin to provide spiritual encouragement for women and girls alike. She uses her blogging platform to lead by operating in extreme faith, encourage through the word of God, and have the confidence to walk in victory. Erin also provides encouragement through the use of her inspirational t-shirts and merchandise.
Erin is the wife of nine years to Timothy Myers and mother of two daughters Aniyah and Sarah who both inspired her to found Favored Freauxs, LLC. Erin is 28 years old and resides in New Orleans Louisiana by way of California. Erin studied child psychology and business management at the University of Phoenix. Erin is an editor for a local online publication, The Barbarin Magazine and also contributes her writings to Mess In A Bottle and The Official Maleeka Group, LLC to name a few. She has become active in her community by donating to local non-profit organizations and also holds events to promote empowerment, encouragement, and self-love amongst women and girls in the community. The purpose of Favored Freauxs is to encourage and inspire young women to overcome being their own obstacles in order to be the best versions of what God has created them to be.
MW: How long have you been blogging? What inspired you to start your blog?
EM: I have been blogging for about two years, but I’ve been more consistent for the past year. I started blogging to be an encouragement to others despite my own flaws and setbacks. I’ve dealt with things like depression, marital issues, low self-esteem, and even suicidal thoughts. I wanted to be able to share my own personal struggles and show other women and young girls that it is possible to continue to keep living even through a state of brokenness. I believe that every experience we endure is a testimony for someone else’s healing. God saw fit to place favor over my life in order to use me as a vessel to others.
“Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
-2 Timothy 1:8-9
MW: What are your blogging goals for 2017?
EM: My blogging goals for 2017 are to be open and transparent with my posts to ensure that I inspire and motivate others from a pure heart and the word of God. I’d like to be more consistent with my blogging and have it down to a precise schedule. I pretty much post when time allows. I’ve slowly been finding time to really sit down and make sure that I’m investing time into my writing. I would also like to seek more exposure with my brand and my writing this year, which is definitely coming to pass. I would like to possibly venture into creating a podcast in the future as well to speak more in depth on uncomfortable conversations.
MW: Who is your biggest inspiration?
EM: To be honest, my biggest inspirations are my two daughters Aniyah and Sarai. They push me every day to be better and do better in every aspect of my life. I do not want the cycle of my life to repeat in theirs between emotional and financial struggles that lead to things like depression and low self-esteem. I live each day to ensure that my daughters and I have a solid and unbreakable bond. My girls inspire me to push forward every day. I want them to see that it is definitely possible to live out your dreams and follow through with God’s purpose for your life.
MW: Who are some of your favorite bloggers or blogs?
EM: I have quite a few favorite bloggers, but to name just a few, I’d have to say that Yolanda Rene of Etcetera Blog Mag and the blog called The Unfit Christian are my top two. I’ve been following Yolanda Rene for years on her blog and on YouTube and I love seeing how far she’s come and how she involves her girls with everything she does. I’ve only just started following the blog The Unfit Christian and absolutely love every post. She speaks from an unconventional perspective of a millennial Christian and says the things that a lot of us are thinking but are sometimes afraid to say. Watching and reading other blogs and vlogs inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing and stay true to myself despite what the latest fad may be.
MW: How do you balance being a wife, mother, family, and blogging?
EM: Honestly, the only way I balance all of these things is by the grace of God. My faith in God is what keeps me going on a daily. Sometimes life can get a little chaotic and that’s just life. I just take it for what it is and keep things moving. I keep a planner on deck at all times and try to designate a day to literally plan my life, but that doesn’t mean that everything goes according to plan. I always say that as long as everyone is fed and has clean clothes on, I’ve accomplished something. I stopped worrying about making sure that every little task is perfectly complete and make sure that I invest time in with my husband and children. You can always fold those clothes on the couch any day, but time with your family can never be replaced. My husband and I find time when we can between our schedules just catching up or grabbing a bite to eat or watching movies. I usually have a “girl’s night in” with my daughters which include nail painting, pizza, and lots of laughter.
MW: We all know that women love their hair: When you discovered that you developed alopecia did you seek professional treatment or a more natural method?
EM: When I started to notice that my hair was falling out, I thought that it was due to a lack of protein in my diet as I was experimenting with veganism at the time. So, I added more protein to my diet and poured on the Jamaican black castor oil like it was blessed oil lol. I even consulted “Dr. Google” in the mist of my initial hair loss still not realizing the seriousness of it. A few months later I was diagnosed with type one diabetes after a routine doctor appointment and found out that alopecia was one of the many symptoms diabetics experience when their blood glucose levels are out of whack. I wore wigs for a little while and chopped off all of my hair in December when I grew tired of covering up my nonexistent edges and bald spots. Cutting it all off gave me so much confidence in myself that I didn’t have before and I’m so glad I did.
MW: What advice would you give to young girls that are struggling with alopecia?
EM: The advice that I would give to young girls struggling with alopecia would be to love yourself no matter what. Your hair does not define who you are. Your hair is not your only crown You are crowned by grace and favor. Adjust your crown and keep pushing forward. Learn to find beauty in your flaws and know that you were especially created by God in His image. Your hair does not define your beauty, intelligence, or popularity. It’s just an accessory that adorns the elegance you already hold.
MW: What do you hope that you are teaching young girls and women about to empower themselves when dealing with alopecia and other hair disorders?
EM: I would hope that I am teaching others to walk in confidence just being their true self. I want other women and young girls to know that this is not the end. It is only the beginning of a new chapter in their life. God has so much purpose for us and we have to understand that our experiences, whether good or bad, are what help us to grow as individuals. I would hope that they would take the time to learn not only who they are, but who God created them to be. Hair, makeup, or the clothes they wear cannot change the beauty of God’s creation.
MW: What do you are the best things that a mother could do to support her daughter with alopecia?
EM: I believe that the best thing that a mother could do is be her daughter’s best support system. Building self confidence in a child’s adolescence is vital. A mother should always speak life to her daughter and be a positive light to her. Ensuring that there is a solid bond in the mother/daughter relationship is extremely important. Communication is also key so that the child is comfortable enough to come to her mother with anything that is on her mind. If your daughter is able to clearly communicate her emotions to you, it opens a gate for healing and building self-love and self-esteem. I would also say that our daughters watch everything that we do, so lead by example and make sure that you are loving yourself just as much, if not more than you would want her to love herself. It all begins with us.
MW: What one word would describe you for 2017?