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!

A peek inside the Your Healthiest You office!

After 10 days away, I'm officially back in NYC and happily back working in the office that I share with Robyn.

I love that we have an official work home - working from coffee shops and your apartment sounds glamorous (and works for some!) but I enjoy a dedicated workspace with good WiFi, familiar faces and free coffee (tea for me right now).

After trying out a number of different co-working spaces, we finally found a place that felt like a good fit in May. We’ve spent the summer getting settled in and set up and so today I wanted to show you the place.

The space is nothing fancy we put intention into making it feel like home. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, mom or someone working a more traditional 9-5, I hope you’ll find inspiration in how we’ve outfitted our office with both some practical and more woo-woo touches.

Head over to Robyn's blog to check out the space: Your Healthiest You Office Reveal.

 Serene sunset over the sound this weekend in Duck, North Carolina

And then I'd love to hear from you - what's your workspace like? Do you work from an office, co-working space, home, coffee shops or elsewhere?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

My first podcast episode!

This past Saturday I was a guest on my very first podcast and the episode is now live! I had the honor of chatting with Alex and Corey of the Husband and Wife Talk podcast about building a passion business, laughing at yourself and having patience with life (a lesson I'm personally learning again and again and again).

I share more details about how I left my corporate job and how I started working with Robyn, as well as my tips for anyone thinking about doing something similar.

I had such a great time recording this episode and hope you enjoy listening!

Click here to listen to the episode.

Bonus: I'm hosting a LIVE Q&A this Sunday 9/9 at 11AM EST.

Over the past two weeks I've received an overwhelming number of questions about how I got where I am today and how I make this entrepreneur / health coach thing work for me. I definitely talk about this on the podcast, but I also wanted to have a chance to connect with YOU and answer your questions on the topic more directly.

This Sunday (September 9th - which also happens to be a new moon!) at 11AM EST I'll be doing a Q&A on both Instagram and Facebook LIVE to share more about my story (including some things I've never openly shared before) AND answering your questions, plus doing some coaching for anyone who joins live.

This Q&A will be targeted more towards the business side of things but please don't let that stop you from joining if you have no interest in becoming a health coach or yoga teacher or starting your own business. Even if you're just curious about my journey (personally I always love a good behind the scenes/how I built this type chat), come hang out for a bit :)

To join the Instagram LIVE - make sure you're following me @emilynachazel and log on to the app at 11AM. You'll then see a LIVE story pop up when we get started.

To join the Facebook LIVE - like my business page Emily Nachazel and log on to Facebook at 11AM. If you head to my page you should see the LIVE video pop up. You can also "turn on notifications" to get a reminder when we go live.

Can't join the LIVE Q&A but have a question you want me to cover? Comment on this Instagram post or leave a comment below and I'll do my best to chat about it on Sunday.

The Instagram LIVE recording will be available for 24 hours in the Instagram app and the Facebook LIVE will be available indefinitely on my Facebook page.

Have a great weekend and hope to "see" you Sunday!

UPDATE: Catch the Q&A Recording here: Sunday 9/9/18 LIVE Q&A with Emily

Tips for new health coaches

I received this contact form submission from my website last week:

Hey Emily! My name is Meaghan and I've been following your blog and instagram for the past few months. I'm very inspired and touched by your genuine, personable nature. I'm a relatively new integrative wellness coach myself, so it's been really nice to follow how you so wonderfully, creatively, and passionately approach the whole thing.

I just moved and am currently trying to establish myself in Brooklyn! Which is where I could use your help...

I'm wondering if you'd be willing to meet up so I could ask you a few questions about how you got your coaching practice up and running. I am happy to meet you wherever you are - your favorite cafe or your work space!

I SO appreciate any amount of time that you have to offer. Let me know :)

XO
Meaghan

Meaghan’s message immediately brought me back to 3.5 years ago when I myself was just starting out as a new health coach.

 

 

I wrote similar emails to a few coaches and bloggers I admired and I was so, so SO grateful for the ones that responded with kind words and an openness to meeting with me.

And so while life is really full right now with travel and work and personal projects, I knew I would make the time to meet with Meaghan.

I responded “Of course, I’m happy to meet up and chat with you.”

I get a lot of emails and messages from new or aspiring health coaches. And while I’d LOVE to meet up or get on the phone with each and every one of them (and you! I love talking to people!) I know that’s not possible or practical.

Today I’m passing along few of the tips I shared with Meaghan when we met up on Monday morning. Yes, these are specific to my experience and geared towards individuals getting started with a career in the health and wellness world, but they definitely can apply to ANYONE starting a new career or passion project.

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Here's my best advice for new coaches:

  • Try out a LOT - When I first left my corporate accounting job to pursue a career in health and wellness, I said YES to almost every opportunity that came my way. I taught at 4 different yoga studios, served sample smoothies at Whole Foods and even rainbow dyed my hair for Refinery29, an online beauty website. I volunteered to teach classes, give talks and participate in health fairs. I tried a lot on and from there was able to better discern what I actually wanted to do within the health and wellness field (and what I definitely DIDN’T want to do). Plus, I made some amazing connections and friends along the way.

  • Don’t be above the bridge job - Straight up it can be tough transitioning from a full time corporate job (with a full time corporate salary) to the freelance or entrepreneur life. Don’t be above getting a “bridge” job - something that helps pay the bills that may (or may not) be in alignment with your passion or vision. Two months after I left my corporate job my health coaching practice was going well (as in I was getting clients and they were seeing success) BUT it wasn’t growing big or fast enough to pay my NYC rent and health insurance bill. So I decided to pursue a bridge job… which just so happened to turn into one of the BEST jobs ever.. more on that next.

  • Find a mentor or hire a coach - This is probably my biggest tip of all. Find a mentor. Join a mastermind group. Hire a coach. I know it can be scary investing in yourself this way especially if you’re already taking a financial risk starting a new career or project, but I strongly, STRONGLY believe that everyone needs a coach, especially during times of change or transition. ESPECIALLY if you’re looking to be a coach or leader yourself. I speak from my personal experience with myself but also with the experiences of the coaches and entrepreneurs I’ve coached - the expense is worth it. If you have the resources, I recommend working with a coach 1:1 for an extended period of time - not just one meeting or shorter program, but months if you can. Having someone that you know is there to support you, guide you and ultimately remind you of your goals and dreams is priceless.

 

 

Are you an entrepreneur or coach? What was YOUR biggest challenge when starting out? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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