Happy Monday! How was your weekend?
I am still in sunny PR. Soaking up as much vitamin D as possible before heading back up north. Make sure to follow me at Instagram to get glimpse of my caribbean life.
I am beyond excited to share today’s Thrive Lady interview: Emily Levenson. I met Emily though Thrive Hive. It’s been such a treat to witness her entrepreneurial journey. Emily has some fantastic suggestions when it comes self-care practices.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business:I have worn many hats in my entrepreneurial career, and am most passionate about helping to inspire others by giving them hope, teaching them tools to make change, and providing copious amounts of encouragement along the way. Some of the hats I’m currently wearing:
- Holistic Health Coach and blogger, specializing in food sensitivities and intolerances
- Co-Founder (co-pilot, as we like to say) of Propelle, a networking organization for Women Entrepreneurs based in Pittsburgh.
- Founder and Editor of With(out) Child, a site dedicated to bringing the fertility discussion out of the bedroom and into the forefront.
What inspired you to become a coach?
I’ve always wanted to help people, and found myself drawn to Psychology as a teen. I pursued that dream in college, and then went on to get my Masters in Social Work so that I could begin a private practice in counseling. I ended up working in residential treatment facilities for children and teens for 4 years, and then moved into a more corporate setting in the Employee Assistance world (EAP) for another 6 years. While it was incredibly rewarding work, I also found myself getting severely burnt out and ready for a change.
Around that time, my health was also being severely impacted (read: intense migraines that lasted for weeks, cold sores every two weeks, horrible TMJ, and a sciatic nerve in my back from a car accident). I also discovered a slew of food intolerances, totally changed how I ate and related to the world, and ended up discovering a passion for health and wellness.
It wasn’t long after that I enrolled in a health coaching program. The rest, as they say, is history.
What advice would you give to women who crave living a richer/full life?
If something doesn’t feel right, listen. Chronic health issues, stress, and burn out are not part of a rich and full life. (TWEET IT!) They are signs; telling us that something is off kilter and needs to change.
Also, take care of yourself. There is nothing honorable about being a martyr. It just makes you miserable. Which, in turn, makes those around you miserable.
What are your go to self-care tools and experiences that restores you to your best self? I am a huge believer in things like acupuncture, energy work, journaling, and meditation. Without them, I would be a very unhappy and unhealthy person. I also probably wouldn’t be pregnant (took us 4 long years to get here). I am also a big proponent of eating well (surprise, surprise). I firmly believe that crap in equals crap out. When I’m not eating well, my business and my life suffers. I feel bloated, unhappy, and just plain off. When I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, cook dinners, and drink more water, I am more creative, can focus better, and feel more comfortable in my skin.
What inspires you to continue living a life you love each day?
I honestly couldn’t imagine my life any other way. And for that, I am incredibly grateful. I’ve been miserable. I’ve been in a job that was killing me every single day. Remembering what I was like then is a huge motivator to continue down this path. Also, seeing the people I work with make changes in their lives—big or small. That keeps me going on the really tough days when nothing feels like it’s making an impact.
And having support from other women entrepreneurs. Places like Thrive Hive and Rock It! are filled with women who are driven, creative, smart, and successful. Watching them do their thing makes me want to try even harder.