About my kind of life

my kind of life

Emily Nolan Joseph, photo by Mary Beth Koeth

Emily Nolan is the author of My Kind of She’s also a model and the founder of TOPLESS yoga. #TOPLESSbyemily is a bras on, bellies out self-confidence event used as a tool for self-love. This event is about exposing vulnerabilities by practicing radical self-acceptance.

Nolan’s effort to share what is real and authentic in media was the catalyst for the #HealthyBellySelfie social media project contributing to the global conversation around body image.

Emily publicly speaks about her journey through 10 years of disordered eating, plastic surgery, body dysmorphic disorder and shame. She believes that honesty in conversation can spark individual transformation. For bookings, see “Work With Me” tab in right column of homepage.

Emily’s on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Snapchat / Periscope @MyKindofLife_Em


A letter from Emily Nolan:

I’ve modeled at a size 0 and a size 16—I know that happiness doesn’t come from a size, it comes from within. I’ve lived with 10 years of eating disorders and obsessed over fad diets for as long as I could read the cover of a magazine. I’ve struggled with plastic surgery, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Female Athlete Triad. I thought no one could love me just the way that I was, constantly trying to live my life through media’s expectations of what the perfect woman should look like.

Exhausted, from trying to keep up with the idea that I should look like someone I am not; I hit rock bottom. I had so much shame. I wanted to change my body, and painfully did; eating disorders, plastic surgery. I realized that changing my body didn’t help my self-confidence, it crushed it.

With radical honesty, I began sharing my story of my tumultuous journey through body image, figuring that I’d rather be happy at any size, than morbidly unhappy trying to look like a still-life, photoshopped image of a super model. In truth, radical honesty was my first successful attempt at living freely, without judgment for myself, for my size. Being truthful, without shame, is the most important tool in my self-confidence toolkit. I trust in courage, being brave enough to share my story, because it feels divinely correct.

What I learned by repelling my way into the deepest well of self-doubt, is that living with radical honesty has forever changed me. Sometimes you have to drink the muck at the bottom of the well, just to know how divine the sip at the top is. I always believed there was to be a better way to live than with a socially acceptable amount of self-sabotage, and as it turns out, there is.

It’s really human, having a shameful story that you’re afraid to bare witness to. It’s how you choose to let go of that story that decides how you bounce back. We’re built to be resilient—to have a hero’s journey—it’s written in our DNA.

You can let go with me.

Very kindly,


this kinda rocks!
oh darling, indulge a little
this kinda rocks!
oh darling, indulge a little