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.

Patience

"Ahhh. I've been waiting all week for this." I said after I took the first delicious sip of my decaf almond milk latte.

My friend Amanda gave me a look and I explained further "I've been craving an almond milk latte ALL week. But I told myself I'd wait to get it until the weekend. I'm working on cultivating my patience."

A very much enjoyed coffee date :)

A very much enjoyed coffee date :)

I'm not naturally the patient type. When I see something that I want, I want it now. When I recognize a behavior in myself that isn't supportive, I want to change it ASAP.

And while this can often be a great motivator to get sh*t done and continually improve, I've also seen impatience lead to one too many impulse purchases, overindulging with certain foods and a general inability to be without.

I know I'm not alone and this is by no means my fault.

Our modern society does not foster patience with our 24-hour businesses, social media platforms that we're constantly updating and sites like Amazon.com where you can buy almost anything and have it delivered to you (often for FREE) within 2 days. Not to mention books and movies and shows all available at the click of a button.

It's not only food and things that we go overboard on, but also information.

Just like there's value in having space to digest food, there's value in the "in between" time - time where we don't have the answer or the next season or new cookbook.

So something I'm working on this year is PATIENCE. Instead of immediately buying or downloading or searching, I'm asking myself to take more space around my actions and decisions.

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What cultivating PATIENCE looks like for me...

 - When I hear of a new book I want to read, I'm not immediately buying or downloading it. I'll request it from my local library and WAIT for it to become available, even if there's a waiting list.

 - When I have a craving for a certain treat (like an almond milk latte), I'll give myself time before immediately giving in. This may just mean I wait until that afternoon, or maybe it means I wait until the weekend. If I still want the thing then, I'll have it and enjoy it fully.

- When I have a random question, I'll think about it before looking up the answer on the internet. This is more for little questions that pop up in life or in conversation (What was the name of that song we used to sing? I wonder what spice they use in this dish?) versus specific work or task focused questions.

- Instead of sharing ideas the moment they pop up, I'll sit with them a little longer to allow them to marinate. There are some exciting things I'm working on now that I want to share with you all, but I also know they'll be more flushed out and ultimately more impactful if they're given the appropriate time and space to blossom.

Not only has this practice of patience been supportive of my bank account, but I also feel like I'm using and strengthening my brain and my INTUITION more. The additional time and space allows me to more often connect to myself and understand if there's something else behind my craving or desire to buy or learn or know.

Maybe patience is no big deal for you, but my hunch is that patience is something most of us living within modern society could be more aware of.

If anything I shared today resonated with you, I encourage you to try it out! Pick one of the examples I listed above and practice it for a week or two. See how you feel and maybe where you could apply these principles in other areas of your life.

And then let me know how it goes!


HOW ARE YOU PRACTICING PATIENCE?

Leave a comment below so we can all be inspired!

Lessons from Sedona

Last Tuesday Robyn asked me to share my insights or takeaways from my trip to Sedona with our Rockstar Coaching Collective ladies. I did tons of self reflection during the trip, but as soon as I got back to NYC I jumped into a full weekend yoga training at The Studio and didn’t truly have time to process the experience and my thoughts around it.

As I’ve shared before, creating time and space to “digest” experiences is just as important as creating time and space to digest your food. It’s all connected.

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In addition, verbalizing any reflections, goals, visions, worries or fears with someone else is powerful because it allows those things space to live outside your head. With the more positive pieces (visions, dreams, wishes, intentions), sharing allows others to see those things for you and sort of “co-manifest” - once they know your goals, they can see where they might be able to help you out, hold you accountable, or simply remind you of whatever it is when something else distracts you.

With the fears and worries - divulging helps dissipate the energy, and also allows space for compassion, empathy and support from others. SO often the things that bring us down the most are things that we keep inside, and once we say it out loud we realize “Oh, it’s not that bad!” or we realize that it’s okay to ask for help.

Because my experience last week with the Rockstar women was so powerful (for both me and the women in the group), today I’m sharing some of of the insights I had on my Sedona vacation.

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Insight 1: Don’t underestimate the importance of personal space (especially for my highly sensitive peeps!)

I know how important personal space is for me, but it seems like I’m constantly put in situations (or I put myself in situations) where I have an opportunity to learn it again (and again and again).

Some of you may have seen on Instagram, but our first few nights in Sedona I was sharing a studio room with my parents, where I was sleeping on a pull out couch adjacent to their bed and the kitchenette. For some people this might have been okay, but for me it was not.

There was no where for any of us to go if we wanted privacy or quite time, and no boundaries between any of the spaces (their space, my space, the communal space).

Again, for some people this tight space might have been okay. For me, with my parents (and likely with MOST people) it’s not. I need my own space, when it’s anything longer than a weekend. NOTED for future.

How I tried to create personal space with couch cushions in our tiny studio. We moved to a bigger room half way through the week and it made SUCH a big different.

How I tried to create personal space with couch cushions in our tiny studio. We moved to a bigger room half way through the week and it made SUCH a big different.

Insight 2: There’s not always a lightening bolt moment.

Sedona is known to be a magical, healing place. Pretty much everyone who had visited told me “You’re going to have the BEST time. It’s such a magical place.”

I think I was expecting to show up and physically feel this life-changing vibration, but I didn’t.

The stuff going on in my family didn’t miraculously shift. The challenges going on in my own brain didn’t either.

And I realized healing doesn’t always happen in a miraculous way, just like insights or big ideas don’t ALWAYS come in one dramatic flash. Change can happen in small ways, over time.

Sure the dramatic moments exist: Love at first sight, lightening bolt AHA moment, a song that triggers a memory and a wave of cathartic tears. But most of the time it’s small, gradual shifts that create real change.

Those small changes are what I noticed on this trip. He acted differently. I reacted differently. She said something differently. There wasn’t a 180 with anything, and that’s totally okay.

Insight 3: Nature is so healing

Healers and healing practices (like yoga or meditation) are great. But there’s something so fundamentally healing about nature - maybe it’s the space, maybe it’s the quite, but simply BEING with trees (or sky, or sun or ocean) is sometimes enough.

So note to self: MORE NATURE IN MY LIFE!

Me feeling calm and clear after a hard (but beautiful) hike!

Me feeling calm and clear after a hard (but beautiful) hike!

Insight 4: When you feel safe in your body you’re able to handle the harder situations.

This was less of an aha moment, but rather an aha that dropped IN.

I teach people to treat their bodies as their homes. To take care of this place, to be comfortable in it, to make peace with it. But this still isn’t something I feel all the time myself.

I KNEW it in my head, but it hadn’t dropped down into my being until this trip.

One night of the trip (while still in the small space) things were hard. There was an argument, some not nice things were said. I was hurt and angry.

In the past, I’d choose to escape - go for a run, watch a show, make food, work, etc. Avoid the feelings for fear that they were too much for me to handle.

This time instead of avoiding my feelings, I chose to go IN to the discomfort and pain. I did some yoga (mostly child’s pose) and connected to my breath.

I heard the mantra: I am safe in my body. And more than heard it, I FELT it.

And I realized I was safe. I could feel the tough feelings, but not let them consume me.

Insight 5: Sometimes people or situations are meant to teach us how not to act or what not to do in the future.


This is a cliche saying but I GOT IT. There were some pieces of the trip that didn’t go as planned or how I would have liked. Instead of getting resentful or angry, I allowed myself to see the lesson.

In the future, I won’t book a flight like this.

In the future, I won’t agree to these sleeping arrangements.

In the future, I won’t eat that food.

Instead of stewing on the less than perfect present moment, I saw the thing that felt off and THANKED situation for it’s lesson, and thanked myself for being able to see that lesson.

I didn’t listen to my gut and this meal didn’t settle right. NOTED for future.

I didn’t listen to my gut and this meal didn’t settle right. NOTED for future.

Insight 6: There’s a BIG shift happening within me.

And it’s TERRIFYING. But it’s also so precious and I don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to get clearer on who I am and what I want out of life.

I’ve been feeling this for a few months now - like there’s a re-working of my insides happening. I know that some big changes are coming in my life this year, but right now it feels more like the shift is happening within me.

The outward direction of my ship isn’t completely changing, but the inner compass is recalibrating… and the destination will be different over time.

This became even more clear to me on this trip, and it’s why I’ve felt the need to disconnect from social media, to have more quite time, and to spend more time with ME.

Insight 7: I AM tuned into myself.

Towards the end of the trip I met with a psychic. She was recommended by a friend and *almost* everything she said felt spot on but nothing was WOAH OMG.

After sharing this with the Rockstar group, I had the insight: Wow, cool, I AM tuned into myself.

I do a lot of self work, I spend a lot of time journaling and being introspective. It’s cool to see that that works and that I can trust my intuition and myself.

I know myself! Cool!

I know myself! Cool!




Well there you have it folks - my 7 insights from 7 days in Sedona.

I’d love to hear if anything I shared above resonated with you - leave a comment below and let me know!

And if you’re curious to read more about what I did on the trip, check out this post: Sedona Travel Guide.

 

When food is more than food

My Grandma Shirley passed away last week. Even though computers and emails weren't her thing, she was signed up for my newsletter list and she learned how to use her iPad so she could read and reply to my weekly emails (and ask me follow up questions when I'd chat with her on the phone or see her in person).

Today I'm sharing a story I posted on Instagram this weekend in her memory. While I'm understandably mourning the fact that she is no longer with us physically, I'm comforted in knowing that these memories (especially those linked to common place activities such as food and cooking) will live on in my heart.

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When I was a little girl, my brother and I would have sleepovers at my grandparents house and we’d always make chocolate chip pancakes in the morning. My grandma had these molds so we could make our pancakes in the shape of dinosaurs and teddy bears, the chocolate chips creating eyes and faces on these shapes.

As I grew older, pancakes took on other memories: making them for my friends after sleepovers (Bisquick mix of course),  later enjoying stacks at IHOP when we got to go into school late because of standardized testing, and most recently discovering paleo pancakes made from egg and bananas, and treating myself to these healthified yet decadent cakes on special occasions.

Each time I have pancakes I’m reminded of those mornings with my grandma and brother - the glee that came from getting to eat chocolate for breakfast and the special connection that truly only exists between grandparent and grandchild.

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Food holds memories.

Food can remind us of a feeling, or of a different time and place.

Food is so much more than calories or nutrients.

Food is love.

We haven’t had a chocolate chip pancake morning in a long time. My grandma had diabetes and me being me won’t touch Bisquick with a 10 foot pole.

On Friday I found myself ordering a stack of paleo pancakes at one of my favorite NYC spots. I wasn’t really that hungry, and I knew the chocolate and coconut flour and egg wouldn’t be the best for my gut. But I knew this wasn’t about the pancakes themselves; it was about a memory.

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I feel so fortunate to have these memories and many more. And if I need to use food sometimes to access them, to feel that memory in my body in a more visceral way, I’m okay with that.

Food is so much more than just food.

And I hope it stays that way.

Love you and our special memories Grandma Shirley, pancakes and beyond.

In loving memory of Shirley Elaine Nachazel (March 31st, 1933 - January 18th, 2019)