What this time of year is PERFECT for

SPRING. A time of beginnings. Of growth. Of expansion. Of starting something new

There’s something about the spring that lights a fire under our butts and says NOW IS THE TIME.

5 years ago I began my health coach training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

4 years ago I left my corporate job and started my business

3 years ago I moved into my own apartment in Brooklyn (which I have since moved out of, but living alone was HUGE for me)

2 years ago became the first official employee of Your Healthiest You (big for both me and Robyn!)

1 year ago I launched my new website

And this year I’m excited to be kicking off an apprenticeship at The Studio in NYC

Astrologically, the year starts now. Aries (which we entered into this week) is considered the youngest sign of the zodiac.

All astrological signs have their specific strengths and shadows - it’s not the sign itself that’s bad or good, but what YOU decide to do with that energy.

Aries is the initiator.

Aries season is time to be brave, bold and go after what you want. It’s also an opportunity to be selfish (or “self first” as I like to say).

My question for you today is this: what are you wanting to initiate or move forward with for the year ahead?

While the end of winter (Pisces!) was all about reflection, NOW is the time to take action.

Update your resume and apply for that dream job.

Start writing your blog.

Make the move (you can interpret that one however you’d like).

The time is NOW.

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If you’ve been struggling with finding clarity on your life’s path, or feeling stuck around taking action with the things you know need to change, I want you to know that it’s okay.

We have a LOT going on in our modern lives, and sometimes our dreams and goals can get lost amongst incoming text messages, family commitments and work obligations.

You don’t have to tackle your health, life or business goals alone.

As humans we do better with support and accountability. And we also do better when we have someone cheering us on, telling us “You’re doing a GREAT job” and reminding us of our bigger plans when life gets in the way.

I know first hand the power of this season. I also know the power of support.

My biggest growth in the last five years hasn’t come just because I decided it was time to quit or change or try. It’s come because I had a vision for myself, and had the support I needed - my incredible coaches, mentors and teachers - in order to put that wish or whim or dream into action.

Do you have a vision holder? Someone who can see your higher, brighter, more radiant self? And someone who can provide you with the specific guidance and motivation YOU need in order to make that vision a reality?

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My official title is “health coach” but many of my more recent clients have told me that doesn’t truly capture what I do.

“I’d describe Emily as a mindset coach. Yes, she helped me a lot with the practical things (strategies for getting back into my meditation practice, tips around eating healthy while being around not-so-healthy food every day at my job, resources for launching my own podcast) but more than anything else she’s helped me shift my mindset. I’m so much kinder to myself. I also feel empowered and excited to step into this next phase of my career and life.” - Chloe, new health + life coach

If there’s a health or life goal that you want to make happen this year in a way that feels FUN and aligned, I’d love to support you through that process.

To honor the energy of SPRING, of Aries season and the astrological new year, I’m opening up 2 spots for 1:1 coaching. We can start as early as next week!

To learn more about 1:1 coaching + apply to work with me, click here: Private coaching with Emily

If you have any questions not answered on this page, hit reply to this email and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

I know first hand the power of this season. I also know the power of the right support.

These two spots will fill quickly, so whether you’ve been curious about working with me for a while or you just found me but all of this is resonating with you, I encourage you to apply today.

Let’s change your life, together.

What even is Mercury Retrograde?

A few funny things happened to me recently:

  • Someone who I haven't been in touch with in years randomly popped back into my life (in a this-is-too-weird-to-be-just-coincidence way)
  • My wireless headphones stopped working out of the blue
  • As a sat down to write this blog post, I wasn't able to log on to my website hosting platform, email server or even access the internet (although it was working fine on my phone).

Sure, all of the these are just small deviations from the norm, and when taken apart I could think nothing of them. But together (and with what I know about the planets!) I couldn't help but see the wheels of Mercury Retrograde in motion.

Some of you may have heard of Mercury Retrograde. Others of you may be like "What on Earth is this girl talking about??" Depending on how much you believe in astrology stuff you may be open or skeptical in learning more about this astrological event - which is totally fine.

Today I'm going to be sharing more about WHAT Mercury Retrograde is, why you needn't freak out about it and how you can actually utilize this period to your advantage.

As I've disclaimed before, I am by no means an astrology expert. I'm simply someone who's interested, who's done some research and questioning herself and who wants to share what I've learned in the most digestible and useful way possible.

Let's get started!

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What is mercury Retrograde?

As a refresher, Mercury is the planet closet to the sun - closer to the sun than our planet Earth.

When a planet is in retrograde, it appears to move backwards (east to west rather than west to east) across the sky. The planet really ISN’T moving backward, but much like two trains or cars passing each other at different speeds, this creates the optical illusion that one is going backward.

A year on Mercury is shorter than a year on Earth (88 Earth days compared to 365), which means Mercury circles the sun 4 times in the time it takes us to finish one solar loop. A few times a year, Mercury passes the Earth in its orbit. As it rounds the bend, Mercury slows down and appears to stop (station) and spin backward (retrograde).

Why do people freak out about it?

Mercury is said to rule all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying. Mercury also rules formal agreements and contracts such as term papers, deeds, contracts, leases, wills, etc.

In our modern day and age, communication is also heavily linked to technology (hence my headphones and internet malfunctions) and travel.

That being said, this can be a time where normal business (both work business and personal business) feels a little haywire. Your significant other may misinterpret your text message. An email may get lost. Phones, computers, and other technology may not function properly. Travel may be delayed or trips even cancelled.

This is why people freak out. Mercury Retrograde can be a tough time to connect with others and communicate, which is why it's not the best time to launch something, make big commitments or enter into new deals. There's usually a disconnect between what you're trying to say or get across, and what the other person or people are hearing.

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How can I use the energy of Mercury retrograde to my advantage?

Retrograde periods offer us a chance to slow down and reflect on certain parts of our life.

Accordingly to Astrostyle.com:

Don’t start anything new. Focus on activities that start with the prefix “re-,” which means to go back. Review all your contracts before you sign. Renew your commitments, rather than making new ones. Prepare to repeat yourself often. Reunite with old friends, redecorate a room, rekindle a romance.

In addition, Mercury Retrograde is a great opportunity to handle unfinished business. Wrap up loose ends and finish projects you've started to clear up energetic space for new, future endeavors.

How long will it last?

The current Mercury Retrograde lasts from July 26th, 2018 until August 19th, 2018.

If you can, schedule some time to reflect and go in during this period so that you can come out the other side with more clarity and energetic space moving into the future.

 

 

Have you experienced Mercury retrograde in any of the ways discussed in this blog post?
Share with us all in the comments below!

Full Moon in Scorpio April 2018

Tonight there is a full moon in Scorpio. I am by no means an expert, but I have recently gotten into learning more about what's going on energetically with the cycles of the moon and zodiac. This full moon feels particularly special to me (more on that below!) so I wanted to share a little more about this energy and how you can best use it for growth. 

    

What's up with full moons?

Full moons are times for completing, sharing and illuminating. The moon literally acts as a "giant cosmic spotlight" shedding light on things that may have been in secret or shadow previously.

I feel this on an energetic level (this is usually the time of the month when I want to go out more and be with friends, and sometimes even have trouble sleeping), but also practically it makes sense to me. Way back when (before modern electricity!) the full moon was the brightest night of the month, making it an ideal time to stay up later and socialize.

 

and what about scorpio?

Scorpio is the deepest, darkest sign of the zodiac that wants to bring secrets to life: It carries the energy death and rebirth, of transformation on all levels.

Scorpio also rules the excretory system and the bowels, making this full moon an excellent time to "let shit go" (whether that's a fear, belief system or habit) so that you can process these old fears, belief systems or habits, and step into the next level of you.

 

what i'm doing to ride the energy of this full moon

When I read about this full moon I intuitively knew that TONIGHT would be the perfect time for me to share about my new website {if you're new here, welcome!}.

Updating my website was not simply about getting a new layout and updated photos, but rather about stepping into a new stage of business, and since my business is ME, a next level of me. A next level of sharing my lessons and my truth, my passion and my JOY. A next level of letting go of that which does not serve me, and creating space for that which does. In working on this website upgrade I really dug deep and asked myself some challenging questions like:

  • What is the purpose of this online home?
  • Who is the ideal reader and client that I want to connect with?
  • What is my unique message, and how does that differ and complement the work I do with Robyn and Your Healthiest You?
  • What's the bigger vision I have for my work (and myself) for the next few years?

And even as I started to answer these questions, and the technical pieces fell into place, I wasn't feeling ready to share this new version of me until now. Until tonight.

It took a lot of quiet time with self before feeling ready to share this website

It took a lot of quiet time with self before feeling ready to share this website

 

what YOU CAN DO TO RIDE THE ENERGY TOO

You don't have to launch a website to use the energy of this full moon! Here are a few prompts that you can journal or meditate on to ride the energy of the next few days:

  • Is there a part of my life (a situation or relationship) or part of my personality that I've been ignoring? Why is it a challenge for me to look at this?
  • What habits, thought patterns or belief systems am I ready to let go of? How can I start to do this?
  • Is there something I've been hiding or kept a secret that needs to be shared?

More than anything else, I encourage you to use this time to think about WHO you want to be. And even more than that, who you know you are, but maybe haven't fully landed in yet.

 

Hungry for more? Here are a few additional resources for maximizing the potential of this moon:

  • Detox your digestive system (remember, Scorpio rules this area - time to literally let shit go!) with this FREE 3 day reset program: Good Gut Reset
  • Listen to this guided meditation with Reiki from Organically, Jamie
  • Tune into this podcast for weekly energy reports with one of my personal mentors, Rebecca Conran

 

 

Do you feel the phases of the moon or zodiac shifts?
Let us know in the comments below!