On leaving NYC

Earlier this year it became clear to me that my time in NYC was coming to an end.

I moved here almost 6 years ago, and while there's SO much I love about the city, there's also so much that feels misaligned with what I want for my future.

So like the good planner that I am I immediately came up with my exit strategy and timeline. At the time I thought my lease was up at the end of October, and there were also some big changes with my work happening around then (will share more on that soon!), so that felt like the right time to pack up and move on.

I started telling all my friends and family that I was leaving NYC this year. I even put it on my online dating profile (yeah... as you can imagine that fact didn't get me the kind of dates that I wanted).

I won't go into the details but SO much has changed since that decision a few months back. And as fall quickly approached I found myself completely torn about the move: I still don't see myself here long term, but October feels too soon.

There are still things I want to do and experience and learn from this city. The anxiety started to build the more and more I looked at my calendar and the weeks between TODAY and October began to dwindle.

A few weeks back I was meeting with on my teachers. As I talked to her about this predicament, she listened (for awhile!) and then gave me some very good advice.

She said "Emily, the best time to make a transition is when you're ahead. When you've felt like you've achieved or learned or experienced what you needed to from a specific person or situation. It's better to leave on good terms."

And then I realized: If I left NYC in October, I'd be rushing it. I'd be running away. In the grand scheme of things, a few months is nothing. And there is NO RUSH.

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This can be applied to any goal or wish. Really, what's the rush in getting there? If you hurry yourself through the process, you'll likely miss some of the lessons, magical moments and key connections that will energetically propel you into your next level, whatever and wherever that may be.

It's not failing if you change your plan, your dream or your timeline, especially if it allows you to feel more peace.

We cannot co create with the universe (or with our higher selves) when we have a strict agenda. Sure, having a dream or plan or timeline is helpful, but we need to keep our eyes, ears and palms open to new opportunities, information, and insight that comes to us along the way.

So let this be your reminder for you that there is no rush. You have plenty of time. There's no prize in getting "there" (that next relationship, the better job, the new hometown) the fastest. You can take your sweet time.

Here's to going slow.

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

A really good question to ask yourself

Where do you feel like your most YOU?

Is it around certain people or places? After specific activities? In the absence of certain things?

What lights you up in a way no amount of caffeine or sugar can? What’s easy for you? What could you do for hours? What could you talk about for hours?

These are all clues to your unique design, your special gifts. Your path on this planet.

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It’s common knowledge that although we’re all humans, we are all different. We have different interests and skills, different tastes and preferences, different hopes and desires.

Unfortunately our society preferences a certain path. Go to school, get a job (in one of these six professions), work hard, meet someone, buy a house, have a family, keep working hard, keep up the pace, retire and relax.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with following this path, except if it doesn’t feel like YOU.

We’re not all meant to work 9-5. We’re not all designed to have just one career. We’re not all suited for computer work (or care giving work, or manual labor).

Many of us are realizing this. Some (like myself!) figure it out on the younger side - in our late 20s and 30s when the traditional path isn’t working for us anymore. Some it happens later in life.

But the common reaction when you do realize that the path you’re on may not be the one for you is “Well what now? What do I do if I can’t follow this plan anymore?”

This is where it’s not only helpful but CRUCIAL to get support. To find a coach or mentor who gets you, who sees you and who has the tools and experience to guide you back to YOU.

And that’s what I do!

My ultimate goal in all of my coaching is to help my clients find themselves. Sometimes that’s with food (just like jobs, no one diet fits us all!), but more often it’s with LIFE and career.

Where do YOU want to go with your life? And what do you need to do to get there?

There’s a good amount of this self discovery you can do by yourself. And if you’re reading this, my guess is that that process has already begun. But none of us are meant to do this alone.

We’re supposed to have teachers and leaders that help us see a different possibility, a different future, and who then help us do the work and take the steps we need to get there.

If you’re at a crossroads in your life, or if you’re simply feeling like there’s a different path for you, I’d love to be your teacher and your guide.

Earlier this week I announced that I was opening up two spots for 1:1 coaching. I'm interviewing candidates for those spaces this weekend, but I've decided to keep the application open and create one more space for someone else.

Through working with me 1:1 you’ll get to know yourself on a deep level, shift habits and ultimately find clarity on where you’re going next. You'll also find peace in knowing that where you are is exactly where you need to be, there’s really no rush to get “there” wherever that ends up for you.

Learn more about how my coaching works + apply for the last remaining spot here: Coaching with Emily.

If you have any questions not answered on the program page, feel free to reply to this email and I’ll get back to you shortly!

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.