We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Warfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After giving birth to my first child almost 19 years ago I knew I needed to be an inspiration to my children one day. I was working as a caregiver for a quadriplegic at the time. This was Very rewarding work. Radanath was his name. He had a Massage Therapist come and see him a couple times a month. I was very impressed with her and knew that was the line of work I wanted to add to my skillset.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Over the first year that I began caregiving for Radanath and my infant first born son, I knew I needed a solid foundation for my future. A career that rewarded me as much as caregiving for Radanath. Once a month, Radanath would have a Massage Therapist come to his house and work with him. I was so impressed with her as a person and at how Radanath’s quality of life improved from her visits. This was it. This is what I wanted to do. Up until that point I was a client of Massage Therapy. Growing up as a swimmer, dancer and horseback rider, I began seeing a Massage Therapist at the age of 14. This was it. My passion was ignited. Helping people through their own internal healing processes was what I wanted to do. I went to school, earned my H.H.P, M.T. Certifications and hit the ground running. I worked at a few Chiropractors offices and Day Spas and then opened up my Home Office, all while being a single mother and putting myself through College as well. Throughout these feats, I began chipping away at my Psychology and Early Childhood development degree. My home office eventually turned into a Public office in La Jolla. I got married, gave birth to two more children. Then divorced and now have the completion to my family, my 4th child, I kept my office open and trucked through the most difficult time of my life. Divorce. I am a survivor of domestic violence. I was a victim for many years, however, have now reached the otherside as a survivor. The cycle of abuse is so very real and nearly impossible to break free from. I did it all while keeping my business open. It was very difficult, but, I did it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a friend visit from out of town, one of the first places I would take them would be to Julian. It is such a beautiful mountain town with cute shops and nice places to eat. I used to go there by myself when I first moved to San Diego from Maryland. It was like my driving meditation time!! Then, once I started to have children, I would take them there. Another spot we would visit would be Lake Murray. That is another one of my happy places. Walking around the lake is super healthy and the views are spectacular. And I would have to take them to my favorite restraint, The Mediteraneo, aka, the Med, in Alpine. Best pasta in San Diego in my opinion. Last but certainly not least we would go to Summer’s Past Farm, just outside of Alpine. My oldest son just turned 19 and I have been going there since before he was born. Beautiful gardens, Soap Shop and Retail Barn. Lavender lemonade or fruit smoothies at the coffee bar to boot!! Just a magical place. If that was not enough, we would definitely squeeze in a visit to one of the local Wineries. Wine tasting is a wonderful way to pass time!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my friend Radanath Das. He passed on to the spirit world many moons ago, however, his role in my life will live on forever. He was a devotee of the Hare Krishna movement. He was a quadriplegic. I would see him around town for years sitting in his wheel chair passing out spiritual books and carnations. He was known throughout San Diego as the “flower Man.” We lived in the same town of Alpine. He would sit outside of the post office and we would chat whenever I would run in to check the PO Box. He would tell me that he has a job for me if I ever needed one. One day, I took him up on his offer. I had recently given birth to my first son. I was a single mom. Being able to work for Radanath gave me flexibility as a single mother. I became one of his caregivers. I would prepare his meals, bath him, dress him and take him out for the day to spread his spiritual messages. I learned so very much from him. He was so very humble and spiritual. When you looked at his physical body, one would see what looked like a skeleton sitting in his wheelchair. Shortly after I started caring for him, both of his legs were amputated at the knee. The looks of horror and disbelief from passers by when he was in public never ended or even surprised me. People felt nothing but sorry for him and wonderment at how anyone could live in such a deteriorating body. The most amazing thing was that Radanath was the happiest person I knew. He felt sorry for those around him much like they felt sorry for him. He was happy, they were not. His spiritual backbone carried him through till the end. I was so blessed to be able to care for him.