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!

Make a vision board with me!

This weekend I took myself on a little retreat out of the city. I rented a room via AirBnB and got out of town. I wanted to give myself space to think about the year ahead and find clarity for some personal and professional things (thoughts, visions, worries, plans) that had been swirling in my mind.

One of the things I wanted to get clarity on for my business was if and how I should host a vision board workshop.

As I shared last week, creating a vision board has been a tradition of mine for the past few years. In addition to making my own board, I've led in-person workshops to teach my students, friends and community how they too can create a vision board that actually works (there are some secrets I've learned over the years!).

A new year, a blank slate to create on

A new year, a blank slate to create on

This year I wasn't sure what to do with my vision board workshop - I knew for certain I want to host more in-person events in 2019, but I also knew that many of you are not in the NYC area. And that January can be a busy month as we all get back into the swing of things after the holiday season.

I wanted to offer something around visioning that would serve my community, but also serve me. With this career path I've taken (and with my personality and human design) if I'm not feeling lit up by something, I know it won't be as impactful since my JOB is to lead by example - to live my life in a way that feels inspired and aligned so that you can feel empowered to do the same.

Last week my mind was planning out ways I could do both an in-person workshop AND a virtual one (I'm still a people pleaser at heart) - going through the details of scheduling, if and how much I would charge, how I'd promote, etc etc. But it didn't feel fun.

My gut said to get quiet - to get out of the city noise, and out of my regular routine so that I could better listen for an answer.

And so that's exactly what I did. I booked one night at an AirBnB about an hour outside of the city, arranged to borrow a friend's car and packed my bags (yes, I had multiple bags for a one night trip - c'mon books and food and crystals can't all fit in one backpack with clothes!).

It didn't take long for the answers to come. I spent the afternoon exploring some cute little towns and as soon as I checked into my AirBnB I started journaling. I pretty quickly got clarity not only on the vision board question, but a whole lot of other things with my business and life.

My cute AirBnB room. Nothing fancy, but it did work magic!

My cute AirBnB room. Nothing fancy, but it did work magic!

What I heard about my vision board conundrum was two things:

  1. YES to more in-person events, but not to make vision boards and not this month. I had a whole download (which is what I call thoughts that pour out of my head and onto the page effortlessly, as if they're being downloaded from an external source) on exactly what these events are meant to be and it was clear that the vision board workshop was not one of them. I am SUPER excited for this to play out (and will of course be sharing more details as they come). Click the link in the PS of this email to stay updated on all in person things!

  2. Share the vision board workshop you already hosted this year. What I didn't mention above is that this past Thursday I had the great fortune to lead the women in our Rockstar Coaching Collective group through my vision board workshop. I thought that this would be "practice" for my real workshop. But I realized that this workshop was AMAZING itself - I already did it and recorded it. Why do something over again? Why not just share the recording with you all?

So that's exactly what I'm doing today - I'm sharing my 2019 Vision Board Workshop with you!

This workshop is a recorded webinar so you can watch it in the comfort of your own home, and when it works with your schedule. You can turn it on while you're folding laundry or cooking dinner, or you can round up your art supplies (paper, old magazines, markers, etc!) and begin to craft your vision board as you watch.

What you'll learn in this 60 minute video workshop:

  • My personal story and why I make vision boards

  • Why YOU might want to make a board

  • My 3 tips for making a vision board that actually WORKS

Plus, you'll see my past vision boards, including a very personal one I haven't shared anywhere before.

Watch the workshop here: 2019 Rockstar Vision Board Workshop

As I mentioned above, this workshop was recorded as one of our weekly Rockstar Coaching Collective calls. I've shared a bit about Rockstar before - it's a high level coaching program that I help run alongside Robyn Youkilis. Every week we have a video call - some led by Robyn, some led by me and some we have special guest appearances - that's a mix of health, life and business coaching.

We have one or two spots opening up to start with us in February - if you loved this video workshop, or something on the program website sparks something in you, I'd encourage you to apply. And if you do apply - email me to let me know you've submitted an application so I can make sure we put your name on the top of our applicant list :)

Me showing off one of my past vision boards during the workshop!

Me showing off one of my past vision boards during the workshop!

I hope that this workshop serves you.

If you make a vision board (or if you just watch the workshop) - I want to know! Leave a comment below with one vision you have for the year ahead, or one helpful tip you learned from the workshop.

Year end reflection

I've created a vision board every year since I've been self employed. I love the process of sorting through magazines and allowing myself time to dream about what I want for the year ahead. It's also fun to CREATE a visual reminder of these dreams and wishes.

My vision board for 2018!

My vision board for 2018!

In addition to making my vision board, I also do some journaling around specific goals and intentions for the year.

As fun as visioning about the future is, it's equally (if not MORE) important to also reflect on the past.

The past holds a lot of information for us - things we've experienced, lessons learned and challenges faced. It can be easy to skip over the reflection part, especially if where we're coming from doesn't feel good.

And even if we have accomplished our goals, as a society we place a heavy value on achievement and forward motion, so jumping right into the next goal is more natural for us than taking a moment to look back and reflect.

This week I'm challenging myself to take the time to reflect. I'll be sharing more about how to create a vision board for yourself next week (including a special opportunity to make one WITH me!!) but for now, I encourage you to do the same.

Whether you're traveling or with family, or already back to work, carve out some time in your schedule to look back on 2018. It can be just 20 minutes or perhaps you want to devote an afternoon to reflection.

Your reflection time doesn't have to be you seated in mediation: Sure, you can spend some time with a journal in your home, or you can take yourself to the spa (I do a LOT of great reflection during my weekly acupuncture treatments and whenever I do manage to book a massage), or go for a hike, or put yourself in another scenario that allows you to be with your thoughts.

Whatever you can make time for, I do strongly recommend putting a pen to paper and writing out at least some of your thoughts.


Here are some prompts to meditate or journal on:

What am I proud of myself for doing (or not doing) in 2018?

What goals did I accomplish? How did this feel for me?

What didn't I accomplish? Why?

List out some moments where you felt JOY, passionate or fully alive. What made these moments so special?

List out some moments that felt really crappy. What was it about these moments that didn't feel good?

Are there any WORDS or FEELINGS that sum up a lot of my experience this year?

If you did set specific goals or make a vision board, make sure you look back on them at some point during your reflection.

These are the action items that I created with my vision for 2018:

Ha, look at that second to last to do!


Honestly, if I hadn't looked back on these, I may have focused more on what I didn't achieve, instead of reflecting and seeing what I DID do. And while taking a look at what you didn't do or where you felt you fell short is an important part of the reflection process (see prompts above!), it's often over emphasized.

My challenge myself is for you too: make time to reflect this week. Right now look at your calendar and see when you can fit it in. Shuffle commitments around or great creative - a flight or long car ride can be an awesome opportunity to look back and go in. Just make sure you take a photo of your prior year goals or visions, and a screen shot of the prompts above so that you have what you need to do so.

Next week we'll get into the fun stuff - the visioning and goal setting for 2019! Stay tuned :)

Uncertainty

I'm going to be real honest with you today: The last few weeks I've been questioning where I'm going with my career.

This may come as a surprise, especially after I just shared how the Institute for Integrative Nutrition changed my life, but I've been having some "WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE??" thoughts.

Maybe it's the holidays, maybe it's the fact that I'm currently paying most of my GI doctor bills out of pocket (self employed health insurance is no fun friends!), maybe it's because Mercury is retrograding in Scorpio, or maybe it's because I just hit my 5 year New York anniversary.

Or maybe it's because in my gut I know something needs to change.

Change is never easy because the unknown is often scarier than our current reality, no matter how much pain or suffering we are in.

Don't get me wrong - I'm beyond grateful for so much in my job and life. I experience joy, have meaningful connections and feel a sense of awe on a regular basis. But as I get older and spend more time tuning in, I'm realizing that my values are different than what they were when I was 25 and initially made the choice to pursue this alternative career path.

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No, I'm not going back to work as an accountant (at least I don't plan to right now). I don't know what I'm going to do. But what I do know is that when I start to feel this way it means I need to spend more time with myself, asking myself big questions and holding space for answers to come.

I want to say that being an entrepreneur isn't easy, but really being a human isn't easy. In my life experience so far (all 30 years!) I've learned that there's not always a "right choice." There's not always a clear path. Things with work, relationships, family, food even - it's not always black and white.

I want to stay in an get a good nights sleep but I also want to go out and dance with my friends. I want to live a life of intention and do work that I'm passionate about, but I also want security and stability and creature comforts. I love the city but I also deeply crave time in nature.

As modern day humans we have a lot of choices, which is such a blessing, but sometimes I find the freedom and possibility a little daunting.

This is why I'm taking a little break from social media. It's amazing how much more time and how much more quiet I can find in my day without scrolling and consuming (and comparing) on Instagram.

I really do miss sharing with many of you (and so many others) on a regular basis. I love the platform and the opportunity to create and teach and connect. But I know in my gut and in my heart this is what I need right now - a little less noise from everyone else and everything else, and a little more quiet time with my thoughts and feelings.

If you've been feeling overwhelmed with information, or know that you too are going through a transition and have some decisions to think over, I'm encouraging you to find more time for quiet over the next few weeks. That may mean taking some time off social media, watching less TV, not consuming as much news - you likely know what in your life you could stand to take a break from. The winter holidays are a perfect time to do this as we all naturally slow down a little bit.

As always, thanks for reading and being here with me. If anything that I shared in this post resonated, I'd love to hear from you - sometimes I feel like everyone else has it figured out and I'm the only one who has all these thoughts bouncing around in my head ;)

Leave a comment below or you can message me directly by clicking here.

xxo

The Black Friday deal that changed my life

I like to joke that today (not yesterday!) is my favorite holiday. Sure, I love shopping as much as the next girl (or guy!), but really what makes today special is the tradition of spending time with my family.

Black Friday also holds a place in my heart as it was this day 5 years ago that I made an investment that completely changed my life.

Five years ago I decided to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) Health Coach Training Program. I can honestly say that this decision is one of the best investments I've made to date, not just because it led me to a more fulfilling and FUN career but also because it started me down a path of self development and connection

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Every year on Black Friday IIN has one of the biggest savings offers of the year - when you enroll in the program this weekend not only will you save $1,000 on tuition, but you'll also receive up to $800 in additional bonuses (gift cards, a tablet, and more!)

Black Friday BONUS Offer:

  • $1,000 tuition savings when paid in full

  • $200 Amazon Gift Card

  • $100 Thrive Market Gift Card + 1 year Thrive Market Membership

  • A tablet device!

  • Reserved seating at a LIVE Integrative Nutrition Conference  

  • $100 donated to a charity of choice

  • PLUS: If you enroll as my referral you'll also receive a bonus 1:1 coaching session with me ($297 value)

If you've been on the fence about the program for awhile, NOW is the time to act. And if this is the first time you're hearing about IIN, I'll link some blogs posts and resources below for you to explore the program and experience more to get a sense if it's something for you.

Learn more about IIN:

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In keeping with tradition, I'm going shopping today. However, I will plan to check my email periodically throughout the day. If you have any questions about my IIN experience, shoot me an email and I'll get back to you ASAP.

You can also give the IIN admissions team a call - they are super helpful and can talk you through the program, experience and answer the more technical questions (on tuition and payment options, etc).

To learn more or enroll, call the IIN admissions team at (844) 780-3300 (US) or (212) 730-5433 (International). Make sure to tell them Emily Nachazel sent you so you get all the bonuses - both from them and from me!