About my kind of life

my kind of life

Emily Nolan Joseph, photo by Mary Beth Koeth

Hi there! I’m Emily Nolan, the Chief Empowerment Officer of My Kind of Life, where I share inspiration for kind people.

My Kind of Life is a compilation of shared stories throughout our journeys. Some of the stories I share are about healing from eating disorders and the Standard American Diet (SAD), retraining our brains to think kindly without judgment, inspirational “ah-ha” moments, interviews with one-of-a-kind wellness leaders, my experience as a (role) model, loving yourself more, yoga and meditation, and who would have guessed…kindness!

Let’s talk about food! After 10 years of eating disorders, I traded in my yucky eating habits for a compassionate plant-based diet—also known as living ahimsa. I was exhausted from living and thinking violently towards my body and I bottomed out a couple years after I graduated from business school at the University of North Carolina.

I would eat. I wouldn’t eat. I didn’t know what to eat. I would follow a crash diet plan and feel like crap because I couldn’t stick to it. To be honest, at that point in my life, I couldn’t stick to much, because nothing felt right to me. I think a lot of us have lived like this—or maybe you still do, and that’s why you’re here.

Soon after I bottomed out, I quickly grew interest in this new way of eating that was so nourishing to me. I even went on to graduate from a master’s program in plant-based nutrition at Cornell. I knew for certain that I was healing with a greener diet when I started to feel a symbiotic relationship between my body and my food choices—especially when I ate seasonal, whole foods. You’d only know how much better I felt if you’ve had the same experience. Eating plants was a life transforming choice.

What a struggle I’ve had with body image, too. You’d never know it, since a lot of you see me flying around the world for photo shoots–but it’s true. As a teenager, I trained for olympic softball and I struggled with Female Athlete Triad. Just like any person with an addiction or disorder, I am constantly healing from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). It’s not easy coming out to share my struggle with everyone; in fact, it’s quite terrifying. I hope that in sharing my struggle, you feel safe here—maybe even safe enough to share your story.

I have a very healthy relationship with my body now, and choose to give it the love it deserves—everyday. What I’ve learned from my experiences is that I am not defined by my size or a medical term for a common disorder. Nor should you be. Everyday is another opportunity to heal, to forgive, to find compassion, to feel joy. To choose kindness when we’re quick to judge.

I have a daily yoga and meditation practice, and I choose to live in a highly conscious state of mind, as much as possible. By using these daily practices, I’m able to live an abundant, exciting life that I feel in control of: I finally have the reins back and I’m in charge of my life again.

Now, every morning that I wake up, I feel free. Free to be just as I am. I know that at my thinnest (size 4), I would have rather died than to have gone back to the gym one more time for a 5-6 hour workout. And at my largest (size 14), I was sluggish and constantly tired with extreme overdoses of processed sugar. Today, I live honestly, move with intention, practice kindness, thank the Universe daily, and eat a non-violent nourishing diet. I’m able to give and receive love more freely, like the summer breeze blowing in and out of an open window.

I created My Kind of Life as a safe haven for all of us who are inspired and committed to building the best version of ourselves in this lifetime. To join My Kind of Life, you can sign up for the free weekly newsletter and you’ll have access to all of the beautiful videos full of inspirational and kind stories every Tuesday morning. I’m so happy that you’ve joined this truly powerful community of thought leaders. You inspire me!

If you want to share some daily kindness yourself, you can always repost any of my inspirational snippets from TwitterFacebook, or Instagram. If you’ve got an inspiring snippet of your own, you can post your gems with the hashtag, #MyKindofLife, tagged in the comment section–I love to see what inspires you.

Pop on by my social media pages anytime and say, “Hey!“ Let’s make inspiration for kind people a daily conversation. It makes my day when I hear from you! Think I’m kidding? Here’s my personal email: Emily@MyKindofLife.com.

My Kind of Life is rated the # 1 top kind lifestyle blog; many thanks to you, my fabulous and inspiring readers and viewers, for coming back for more kind conversations. My heart, my gratitude–it resides in this community of incredible thought-leaders who are all great enough. You are, great enough!

Very kindly,

Emily

Emily Nolan Joseph

Chief Empowerment Officer

PS- The only size that matters, is the size of your brain–and heart.