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Just Do That Shit


Over the weekend I learned about the death of Erica Kennedy, a writer, stylist, brand strategist, and apparently a sister-friend to a good chunk of the blogosphere. I had never heard of her before, but I was intrigued. Who was this woman that had inspired so many?

Turns out, she was fucking incredible.

I spent time reading articles she had written, and interviews that she did. All show a smart woman who went after what she wanted. Those glimpses of her talent and thoughts  were informative, but this memorial gave me a view inside of the force of encouragement that was Erica. Amongst the stories, and nuggets of wisdom, this gem stood out to me: Just do that shit.

Just do that shit.

The four words you need when you feel you have stalled, when you hesitate on moving forward, when you try to convince yourself that YOU should not be the one leading.
It’s an idea that inspires forward motion, creation, digging deeper into yourself, TRYING. Fighting through the external and internal factors fighting to weigh you and your dreams down.  It’s about pushing, pushing, pushing, even when you doubt that something might happen.

It’s about not giving up.

It’s not the flip side of being a quitter, but the high road of finding your purpose and digging yourself in so deep that you become one with your love, your vision, your thoughts.

It’s about realizing when things have gone awry, and looking to make a change when you realize you could be doing something more.

Just do that shit.

A sentiment from Erica that resonated with me, and that I hope you take with you too.


Amber J.

A thirty-something N.Y.C. transplant, Amber J. is a Southern Belle living in an urban space. She developed The Fab Life Project to create a space online where millennials can celebrate the every day adventures while striving to create a life they love.

  • Emily Smith


    Great post- just do that shit! Inspiring. I’ve been stalling the last couple of weeks as I spend solid reflection time focusing on the “what’s next?”, “where do I go from here?”, “how do I push forward?”….and sometimes, that thinking gets in the way of simply sitting down with that to do list (that you spend more time organizing than actually doing) and checking things off. Just doing shit is uncomfortable because there isn’t a 1,2,3 step direction manual or someone guiding us how to do it. We simply have to push ourselves, have faith/trust in the universe, and know that mistake are opportunities to learn. Once we get over that fear, we are golden! Love this post. Thanks for inspiring me to continue making sh*t happen as I grind today on some things I’ve been meaning to do!

    June 18, 2012 at 11:58 am