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Even in Challenging Economic Times - This Generation Xer is Not Afraid

How a Generation Xer is turning a Challenging Economy into an Opportunity to provide Hope and Inspiration.

Atlanta, GA, December 04, 2009 --( In her 8 year career Erica Warren has worked in 4 industries, at 7 jobs, been laid off twice and lived in 5 cities. Now, there’s one more line to add to that list – she was laid off again in June 2009, making this her third layoff. In spite of all of that, this resilient Atlanta Generation X’er is not afraid of this economy. Erica has embraced her recent layoff by creating a mental stimulus package to combat hopelessness and in these uncertain times. She wrote and self published her first book, “The Creator in You: You are not Helpless” to remind others of the power we have even in challenging times. Against the odds and despite the current climate Erica is clear that her future is in her hands and not the economy’s.

In her 8 year career, Erica has experienced more change and uncertainty than her Baby Boomer parents ever dreamed of. It’s reflective of her generation. Those in Generation X and even Y are far more equipped to navigate change than previous generations. According to those in Generation X are “…independent, resourceful and self-sufficient, they are the “… first generation to grow up with computers, technology woven into their lives.” In fact, Erica had her first computer in elementary school, remembers their first laptop that was so huge they had to pack in a suitcase for travel and even remembers the first two way pager her dad had at his job with IBM - it was as big as a her lunchbox.

Because according to those in Generation X are “…less committed to one employer and more willing to change jobs to get ahead than previous generations” it has enabled Erica to not be paralyzed by the turbulent economic times but to find a way to empower others to overcome them. Embracing the motto of her Alma Mater Clark Atlanta University “I’ll find a way or make one” Erica says “The power to create what we need is inside of us, only we are too dependent on external things to realize it. My book is about reminding us that we exist for a reason, to create what only we were designed to offer and the only thing that can stop us is ourselves.”

In this tightening economy, writing a book would seem like the last move to make yet it was Erica’s first move. “I just saw such hopelessness in people’s eyes and writing this book was my way to give them hope,” said Erica. Her advice to anyone who is thinking about making a dramatic move in this economy, “don’t be afraid to step out, be practical about how you do it, but never be afraid of starting.”

Erica T G Warren is an author, freelance marketing consultant and communications writer living in Atlanta, GA. She has worked in marketing, communications for 8 years for a range of companies including Fortune 500 consulting companies to small business to non profits. She lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband. This is her first published book.

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