The beauty of creating is that it forces us to be in the moment and allows us to be lost at the same time.
You know… that space a child enters when they’re immersed in their play so completely that they might as well be on another planet. They’re creating entire worlds in their minds, solving problems, connecting dots, making mistakes, continuing on, growing. And guess what? Play doesn’t stop being important for adults. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s the most important work any of us could be doing. Because that magical in between space…it’s bliss.
So my challenge to you is to start making time for that thing – whatever it is for you – that forces you to be in the moment and allows you to be lost at the same time. Take those guitar lessons, get on that surfboard, open up those paints. Let yourself be shit at it for awhile, and then find your flow.
You’re not competing with anyone. That thing is yours and only yours. So go do it. And then give it to the world and spread that joy.
I’m so thankful you’re here.
Emily grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, tucked between a bend of the Shenandoah River and the gentle slope of the Massanutten Mountains.
She studied Art at University of Virginia, and promptly moved to the East Village in New York City where she gained a real-life education in design, business and the highs and lows of living with six to eight people at a time. Four extremely formative years and one parter-for-life later, she moved in succession to the Jersey Shore, Edinburgh, Scotland, and then Washington DC.
During this decade of pre-children world-hopping, she ran her own web design business and was privileged to work with dozens of individuals and entrepreneurs who taught her what it means to live your truth and give it unapologetically to the world.
Along with her husband, Sean, she now raises her own children in the Lowcountry of Charleston, South Carolina and is attempting to teach her children how to live their truth and give it unapologetically to the world.
Daily duties include kissing boo-boos, changing poo-poos, and pushing choo-choos.
When she’s not collecting tickets from stuffed animals, she’s probably listening to the Trolls soundtrack for the millionth time, launching a startup with her husband, writing cringe-worthy personal essays on her blog (or third-person bios) and being a very serious artist who paints flowers and rainbows and trees and things.
She is perpetually re-designing her website, but feels pretty good about this one. She recently found her first white eyebrow hair.