Did you always know what you wanted to do?
I didn’t. While I have always been a “helper” in one way or another, my path was not a straight one. After graduating Skidmore College with a degree in English Literature, I spent my early adult years doing an awful lot of “this and that”. I was searching for something but I had no idea what that something was and then one day, a chance conversation with a friend led my to a weekend long course in Ontology, the study of being. There I learned that life doesn’t just “happen to you” and that what you end up with is not a direct result with what you’re born with. Each of us gets to choose our path, what it looks like, how we move along it, and where it will lead. That course was my gateway to a love and lifetime of what’s possible.
Through the years I’ve developed some powerful beliefs:
- You can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
- It’s never too late (or too early) to have your defining moment.
- It isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it.
- You don’t have to do it alone!
After that weekend, I quit my uninspiring, “going through the motions” job to pursue my love of food and cooking and I attended CIA (Culinary Institute of America). I cooking in NYC, Napa, and northern Italy where I discovered a passion for wine and became Director of Special Events for a prestigious wine importer back in the US. On paper my life looked great, but I still had that niggling feeling that there was something greater I should be doing.
I founded Eat Live Well, a boutique food and lifestyle company where I spent 15+ years teaching hundreds, if not thousands, of people how to cook and why food matters. While my primary focus had been “Eat”, the part that really got my juices flowing was the other half of the equation, “Live” and the perfect balance of the two made up “Well”.
I discovered that I found more joy in the spontaneous conversations I had with clients while we were cooking, than in the food itself. I noticed that there was a theme of “meh” and lack of real satisfaction in their lives and I honed my skills in helping them to demystify all of that that, and to create real plans with real steps toward real results. Much more satisfying than teaching them how to make creme brûlée (not that I don’t love a great creme brûlée). And so Live a Joyful Life was born.
What kind of training have you had?
I completed several mastery courses with Tony Robbins, completed and coached the Curriculum for Living at Landmark Education, and continue to sharpen my skills in a program called RMT. Additionally, I was an early graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I am accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as well as being a certified Health Coach.
I have invested in many teachers and mentors along my journey that bring me to where I am today.
Can you help me?
Yes! Regardless of where you are on your path, I can help you get where you want to go. Whether you are challenged by a curveball that life has thrown your way, or transitioning to or from a relationship, or simply noticing that you crave more from your life, I can help.
Emily Klein, founder of Live a Joyful Life, is an author, trust and authenticity expert and life coach. Emily works with perfect women masquerading as imperfect wives, moms and not good enough little sisters. She helps her clients lean into, move through, and release shame, fear and unworthiness that prevent them from living fully. Her 25 years of experience in personal development have made her an expert in helping all women to create juicy, Kick Ass lives.
Emily works with clients both live and virtually, one to one and in groups.
Emily lives in Montclair, NJ with her 11 year old daughter, their large brown dog and small gray bunny.