About my kind of life
my kind of life
My name is Emily Nolan Joseph, and I am a professional model and vegan lifestyle blogger. I left my desk job to travel the world working as a model after someone told me that I could get paid to have my picture taken. My passion for rescuing animals, traveling, and fashion all came together when I started this gem of a blog, meant to share my cruelty-free journey. Because of my career as a model and blogger, I made a tough decision to move away from my hubby (we’re still very much together!) and very spoiled rescue dog, Spunky, in Miami Beach, to this little town called New York City, where my dreams have come true.
When I’m not modeling, blogging or giving speeches, I am meeting up with my fiends to find new vegan delights in the city, watching a movie or TV series (so obsessed), exercising, vacating to Miami Beach to see my hubby and Spunky, or booking the next family trip to a dreamy far away land.
How did I become a model? As a teenager, I had a serious eating disorder. I would look at my super skinny body as unworthy and I saw food as my enemy. I would obsess over not eating, and during my sleep, I would sleepwalk into the kitchen (my body was that hungry!) and I would eat an entire box of cereal or a full jar of peanut butter. I dealt with this problem for years, and it wasn’t until four years ago, when I adopted a plant-based diet, that I can say that I fully recovered.
I paid beaucoup bucks for fancy food therapists and tried every diet in the book. I not-so-quickly learned (on my own) that I wasn’t listening to my body, I was listening to what big conglomerates and bestselling books were trying to sell me. My mother and I came across the eye-opening book, The China Study, and something big shifted inside of me. I attribute this shift in my life to finally listening to the root of who I am: a compassionate animal lover. How was I ever going to succeed on a diet that suggested that I eat animals? For this reason, I now look back and see why I never succeeded on diets that included animal meat and dairy; it was against every part of what made Emily, “Emily”. As soon as I adopted a plant-based, cruelty-free lifestyle, my relationship with food and my body quickly blossomed into something extremely beautiful. I found that a size 12/14 really looks great on me, and I’m proud to say that I make all of my life’s decisions with the compassion that moves me.
As for modeling, four years ago, I was scouted by an agent that said I could get paid to be a plus-size model. The dream of being a model was definitely there, but plus-size? I thought the offer was a joke, considering how long I had worked to hard to be thin. I went home and thought long and hard about this offer, and eventually, after my long battle with disordered eating, I decided to ring the agent and tell her that I was ready! My career finally shifted in a positive direction at age 22 and a size 12/14.
People ask me how on earth I could be a vegan at this size (I must eat a lot of vegetables, right?!). Alas, I’m just a normal gal, eating a clean diet and treating my body the way it wants to be treated. This is the root of why I started this blog; I wanted to share my journey with you to let you know that it’s normal to find compassion in your diet, in your lifestyle choices, and in the way you treat your body.
I started My Kind of Life in May 2013, and use this outlet as my tithing to the underserved sentient beings (yes, humans too!). After three months of going live, My Kind of Life was rated as the # 1 top vegan blog on the Psychology of Eating Top 50 Vegan Blogs list; all thanks to you for coming back time and time again. If you’re new to My Kind of Life, I would love it if you would join me on this journey and allow me to inspire you along your journey. You ROCK!
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Emily Nolan Joseph