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 life changing 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 cooked 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. 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. I discovered that while I make a great creme brulee, I found more joy in the spontaneous conversations I had with clients while we were cooking. 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. And so Live a Joyful Life was born.
Then somewhere along the way, I lost my way and I needed to figure out how to get back on track, to reconnect with who I knew myself to be, to rediscover my resilience and tenacity, to reimagine what my life could look like, in the face of the one I had built. On paper I had it all, husband, child, house in the suburbs, but behind the scenes I was overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness and disappointment. My marriage was failing and the weight of that was impacting every area of my life.
I felt like a fraud, helping women create juicy, joyful lives while my own life had gotten so off kilter. I vowed to do whatever it took to build a life that felt good, one I loved waking up to, for my daughter as much as for myself. And I did that. I journeyed back to myself, reclaimed my identity, and transformed my life. I discovered that the process I had undergone was repeatable, sharable and today I am even more effective at helping other women create joy for themselves, whatever that looks like.
Hint: (it’s often a pivot, not a leap)
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 multiple teachers, mentors and coaches 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, positivity expert and joyful life coach. Whether it’s releasing old stories, shame, fear or unworthiness, or daring to reach for “the impossible”, Emily’s 25 years of experience in personal development have made her an authority on helping women (and heart-centered men) to stop comparing and start living even when life doesn’t look like the brochure.
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.