A couple of weeks ago I said I was going to start sharing the love of other empowered women and soul sisters who have inspired me by shining their light into the world. This week I am lucky enough to share with you the wise words and wonderful story of Emily Atkinson, Founder of Fly Living and a life coach to women who want to live their dreams.
Alexandra Payne: Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got to this point in your life’s journey.
Emily Atkinson: The path that I’m on today began about 7 years ago. At this point in my life I was stuck in the nine to five grind and just going through the motions.
I started to have this feeling deep down that I wasn’t living up to my purpose. It started as a whisper and grew louder each day until it could no longer be ignored. I now know this calling was my intuition and she was pushing me to live more than the mundane life I was settling for.
I eventually reached a turning point and change became inevitable, so following nothing more than a feeling that I was destined for more, I quit my soul sucking job, sold most of my belongings, and bought a one way ticket to Bali; walking away from life as I knew it.
My time in Bali created the space for me to reconnect with me. The noise of societies “shoulds” and “supposed to’s” faded away and among the rice paddies I found myself.
The more I reconnected with my true self, the more happiness and clarity I found. Not some woo woo happiness, but an unshakable grounded happiness from within. A happiness that I had never felt before.
I spent several wonderful months in Bali diving into deep self-discovery, falling in love with myself, letting my true self be seen, and shedding the shoulds that kept me confined in small life.
Fast forward to today, I’m back in the US, I’ve completed multiple coaching programs, and I have created my dream business from the ground up.
For the last 7 years I have fought everyday to live the best life possible, and the best part is that this journey is just beginning.
AP: Your coaching business, Fly Living, has a beautiful vibe. What’s your mission?
EA: I believe with every ounce of my being that true freedom and happiness comes from knowing and loving who you are. Through Sisterhood & Coaching it’s my mission to help women reclaim their authentic essence (who they truly are) so they have the courage, confidence, and clarity to design and LIVE their dream lives. Basically, I just want to help women love themselves and their lives.
AP: What lights you up inside?
EA: The work I do. Nature. Dancing. Creating. Writing. Traveling. Soulful conversations. Sisterhood.
AP: Who, or what, inspires you?
EA: I always feel the most inspired when I’m traveling. There’s something about being free that lights my soul on fire like no other. It’s also when I feel the most alive and the most like me.
AP: How do you keep mentally, emotionally and physically healthy and balanced?
EA: Learning to put myself first has been the key to finding balance in my life. To me this means: resting when I need to rest, practicing self-care daily, learning to say no, scheduling nothing on Sundays no matter what, drinking plenty of water, eating healthy, exercising in the morning and journaling daily.
I also find that what keeps me balanced in the summer is completely different than in the winter so listening to my body, really listening, has also been key.
AP: What are you currently reading?
EA: Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell. I highly recommend to any woman who is ready to unleash her truth into the world.
AP: Describe your perfect day.
EA: My perfect day consists of ease, freedom, flow, creativity and joy. My perfect day would start waking up to my natural rhythm (without an alarm clock) and easing into the day with a bit of yoga and meditation. Then a journaling session outside while I enjoy coffee or tea with a healthy breakfast. Then diving into a little bit of work, coaching a few clients, meeting a sister for lunch, an afternoon nap, yoga session or walk on the beach with my dogs. I love closing the day with watching the sunset, making dinner while dancing in my kitchen. And then a good book or movie. Nothing special, but guided by my natural flow and rhythm, those are always the best days.
AP: What is your favourite quote?
EA: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”
AP: What words of wisdom would you give to others seeking a happy, healthy and empowered life?
EA: It’s never too late to become the woman you’re meant to be or live the life you crave deep down in your soul. If you have the desire, the calling, the longing – listen to it! That’s your intuition guiding you. And she always knows the way.
Thank you, Emily!
If you are interested in following Emily, or finding out more, you can find her at beflyliving.com or on facebook – facebook.com/flyliving108, Instagram – beflyliving and Pinterest – pinterest.com/emilyatkinson/