2019 Community Survey (+ essential oil gift!)

Being an entrepreneur and running your own business means you get to make the rules: you decide what your work looks like, what you create and who you serve.

A few months ago I came to the decision that I wanted to do more in person events and step back into teaching regular yoga classes. This has been SO rewarding so far. 

While it's been amazing to connect with many of you who are local to NYC through yoga and other events, I also want to continue to cultivate this online community. I've seen first hand the power of the internet to connect like-minded people across continents and time zones, mostly through my work with Robyn and the Rockstar Coaching Collective group we've created.

Rockstar is incredible in so many ways but one of the things I enjoy most is getting to know the humans behind the email addresses, Instagram handles and websites. It makes the online interactions we have feel authentic and so much deeper.

I'd like to create more of that here. I want to get to know YOU - who you are, how you found me and why you stick around.

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Even though I know there are hundreds of people reading my emails, watching my Instagram stories and tuning into my YouTube channel (which I'm definitely bringing back this year!), I'd like to have a better idea of the HUMANS behind those names and numbers.

Personally this motivates me to continue to show up, write and teach when I know there's someone on the other end listening, reading and appreciating what I'm creating. Plus, in such a digital age I think we do have to work at being human and cultivating human connections, IRL and online. It's easy to hide behind our screens, but that usually leaves us feeling alone and disconnected.

So today I have a small ask of you:

would you spend 3-5 minutes of your day to fill out this short get-to-know-you survey?

This is not just for me - by getting to know you all better, I'll be able to provide more helpful tips, recipes and emails. There's also a question on the survey where you can ask me anything so if there's something you want to know about me, this is your opportunity to ask :)

As a thank you gift for participating in this survey, I'll mail you a sample of one of my favorite essential oils (US friends only - international folks, I have something else for you!). Make sure to complete the survey by Monday, May 27th and include your email and address information so I can send that gift to you!

Click here to complete the survey + get your free essential oil!

Thank you in advance for being here - I appreciate each of you and am looking forward to getting to know you better!

Simple Veggie Frittata

A frittata is such a versatile dish - it’s simple enough to whip up for breakfast or brunch, but elegant enough to serve for dinner, and leftovers are amazing for packed lunches (yay for meal prep!).

Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and healthy fats, and, unlike so many other animal products, you can find high quality eggs at an affordable price, especially when shopping at your local farmer’s market or co-op!

I created this easy frittata as a quick meal to use up leftover veggies you may have lurking in your fridge. Veggies that probably wouldn’t have been eaten otherwise, either because you’re tired of eating them plain or there’s just not enough leftover from a meal to serve as a side dish. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand, and any herbs and spices too (both fresh and dried work here).

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Simple Veggie Frittata

Ingredients:

  • 10 large eggs, whites and yolks separated

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups cooked veggies, chopped into small pieces (I used sweet potato and broccoli but the possibilities are endless! Use what you have on hand)

  • Fresh or dried herbs, optional (I used about ½ tsp of rosemary, basil and oregano)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add in yolks and whisk until combined. Add in salt and pepper.

  3. Melt the coconut oil in a 10-inch nonstick, oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and season with additional salt and pepper. Cook until browned.

  4. Add cooked veggies to the skillet and stir to coat with oil and garlic.

  5. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet. Make sure that the vegetables are evenly distributed in the mix. Sprinkle fresh or dried herbs on top.

  6. Let everything cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the edges of the eggs are set but the center is still wobbly when you move the pan.

  7. Transfer the skillet into the preheated oven and cook for another 7 to 10 minutes, until the frittata has set completely.

This recipe was inspired by the Superhuman Frittata from Go with Your Gut. I highly recommend this cookbook for lots of delicious, easy + gut-friendly recipes!

Do you have this on your calendar?

There are a lot of things no one teaches you about being an adult. Even though I've technically been an adult for well over a decade, and living on my own and supporting myself for almost as long, the last year has been one of deep lessons truly learning what it means to be a grown up human.

Even though the lessons are sometimes tough, it's actually pretty cool to go through this evolution and learn that I can create my own schedule, my own reality, my own best life (and you can too).

Something that's come up for me recently as well as a number of my clients is the idea of creating time for real fun and adventure.

While many of us travel and go on vacations and have time off work, all that stuff isn't always FUN. It certainly can be, but sometimes your annual family beach vacation (or your kid's soccer tournament in North Carolina, or your college roommate's wedding on Long Island) isn't what your soul needs.

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Even as adults we need fun and adventure. We need things to look forward to. We need time to just be ourselves and not just our commitments and our responsibilities.

So my question for you is this: Do you have something that you're looking forward to on your calendar this month? And taking it a step further, do you have something scheduled that you're excited about every month for the next few months?

I live by my Google calendar and I have a daily planner, but I still like to have a monthly calendar I hang on my wall. On this calendar goes the most important dates, events and birthdays.

Each time I turn to a new month, I have the opportunity to zoom out and ask myself: what does this month look like as a whole? Is there something I'm really, truly looking forward to on the horizon? Or am I simply filling my time with tasks, to-dos and commitments.

We all have the same number of hours in a day, same number of days in a week, same number of weeks in a year. But what you do with this time is up to you.

Not every moment is going to be perfectly productive or supremely relaxing or exactly aligned with your goals and dreams. We all have things we do that are for our jobs, or our families or our friends. Those things can be wonderful too, but I want to encourage you to make sure that you're making time for you. What lights YOU up. What leaves you feeling fulfilled and energized and happy.

The end of spring is a perfect time to look at the season ahead and plan. For many of us, summer is lighter on the "work" front, and there are more opportunities to get away or travel or reconnect with friends.

Aim to have least one thing that you're looking forward to on your calendar each month. It doesn't have to be a week vacation or retreat, but perhaps it's as simple as a day trip or show or special dinner with a close friend you haven't seen in awhile.

And once you've decided what you're going to do - schedule it out in advance. All the other to-dos, commitments and responsibilities can then be planned around that thing that truly is most important.

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So what's on my calendar for the next few months?

I'm going to Maine for a week at the end of the month. It's my happy place and I'm so looking forward to cozy morning fires in our house in the woods, doing the crossword puzzle and baking with my grandma, long walks on the beach and fresh ocean air.

And in June I have the pleasure of putting on two retreats. Yes, these are technically work for me, but I am truly excited for more time outside of the city, an excuse to do lots of yoga and eat really healthy food, and to connect with many of you!

If you're looking for a fun summer adventure to put on your calendar, check out these two retreats. Both are going to be nourishing in so many ways and I'd love to have you join us:

June 6-9 / Summer Self Care Retreat in the Catskills

If you have any questions about either of these experience, shoot me a message and I'll respond as soon as I can.

Whether your soul needs a retreat, a fun night our or a long, hot bath, make time for it. I've said this before and I will likely say it again, but when you take care of yourself and fill yourself up, you're better able to show up for everyone else in your life. Sometimes it can feel like you'll fall behind if you take time off work, or that you're being a bad parent if you leave for a weekend but the opposite it true.

When we show up for ourselves, we encourage everyone else around us to do the same and ultimately THAT is what makes this world a better place.

Let's hang out IRL! (upcoming retreats + classes)

I've been doing a TON of self reflection lately, on my life but also on my business and career (because especially with what I do, the two are so intricately connected). And while I'm still not completely sure where this next phase will take me, there are two things I know for sure:

  1. I'll be doing more teaching and in person events AND

  2. I want to build my schedule in a way that I have more quiet time, more time to digest (both literally and metaphorically) and more time in nature.

Which is why I'm thrilled to share some AWESOME upcoming opportunities for us to hang out in real life, all of which provide plenty of SPACE for us all to simply be and breathe.

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SUMMER SELF CARE RETREAT - June 6-9 @ the Catskills - Join me and fellow yoga instructor + massage therapist, Gretchen Williams, for a weekend of self care in the magnificent Catskill Mountains. This is for you if you're looking for an intimate, restorative weekend filled with yoga and healthy food. Space is limited.

Learn more + register here: Summer Self Care Retreat with Emily + Gretchen

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GO WITH YOUR GUT RETREAT - June 21-23 @ Kripalu in Stockbridge, Massachusetts - Join me and Robyn for a FUN + informative weekend at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. This weekend is for you if you're a fan of Robyn's work (her books Go with Your Gut and Thin From Within) or if you've been wanting to dive deeper into your own gut health and healing journey. This will be a larger retreat, so it's an awesome opportunity to bring a friend or family member, or make some new connections.

Learn more + register here: Go with Your Gut Retreat at Kripalu

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FLOW + RESTORE YOGA - (almost) every Friday 8-9:30PM @ Jewel City Yoga - 90 minutes of yoga is a commitment for sure, but what I've loved about teaching this class for the last few weeks is the SPACE that this longer format allows. We flow and build up some heat, and then we slow things down with some juicy restorative postures. I always include meditation, breathwork and some Katonah yoga theory in my classes, so you'll get both a mind and body workout in this class.

Sign up online or via ClassPass. **check the schedule as I will be traveling some this summer and not teaching every single week**

I'm also assisting regular classes at The Studio as part of the Katonah yoga apprenticeship I'm doing there. Follow me on Instagram to stay updated on which classes I'll be assisting.

While that's all for now, there will certainly be more IRL (in real life) opportunities for us to hang out in the future, and you all will always be the first to know what's happening!

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about any of the events above. I hope to see some of you at one or more of these happenings this summer!

PS. You may have noticed but I've been a little quieter here the last few weeks. It's not that I don't have things I want to teach and share (I do! So much!), but right now my #1 priority is focusing on my health, which means writing and even some of my business work has been put on the back burner. I'm trusting that this will shift as things progress with my healing, and I appreciate your support and understanding along the way

Parsnip Mash

This recipe for parsnip mash has been sitting in my drafts folder for months! I originally created this yummy mash on a whim for Thanksgiving this past year and it was a huge hit. I’ve made it a few times since then and I’m always impressed by how delicious and satisfying it is.

If you’re new to parsnips, they look like cream-colored carrots with a bit tougher outer skin. When raw, they have a surprising licorice taste. When cooked, they’re sweet and nutty. They pair well with fresh herbs and a good fat, like butter or coconut oil.

This mash is great served alongside a meat (similar to a mashed potato, but more flavorful!), or used as a base for a veggie bowl.

Not the most glamorous photo, but I promise it’s delicious!

Not the most glamorous photo, but I promise it’s delicious!

Parsnip Mash

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled

  • 1 medium Japanese sweet potato

  • 1 cup broccoli (I used broccoli stems leftover from roasting the tops)

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • Sea salt + pepper to taste

  • 1/2 tsp sage

  • Dash nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Steam your veggies: Steam up the parsnips, sweet potato and broccoli until super tender.

  2. Add the steamed vegetables and coconut oil to your food processor. Pulse until smooth and creamy (this took quite a while for me since I used broccoli stalks but it did get there eventually!)

  3. Add herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

If you liked this recipe, I think you’ll LOVE these as well:

Mashed Cauliflower

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad with Lemon + Parsley