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Emily Nolan is a mother, a wellness guru, a model, a business woman, a yogi, and more. We sat down to talk about choosing #radicalselfacceptance through life’s most chaotic transitions (including opening a business, becoming a parent, launching new projects, the list goes on…).

We had some technical difficulties on Instagram live, but I’ve tried to edit those out as much as possible (ignore my terrible video editing skills!).

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Radical Self Acceptance: A Chat with Emily Nolan

Emily Nolan is a mother, a wellness guru, a model, a business woman, a yogi, and more. We sat down to talk about choosing #radicalselfacceptance through life’s most chaotic transitions (including opening a business, becoming a parent, launching new projects, the list goes on…).

We had some technical difficulties on Instagram live, but I’ve tried to edit those out as much as possible (ignore my terrible video editing skills!).

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Why I Never Shared My Pregnancy On Social Media

In the not-so-distant past, we used to only announce babies, not pregnancies. And before the days of bumpies (bump selfies), and gender reveal parties, I’m told, things were a lot simpler. Social media has shifted centuries-old cultural norms in less than a generation and the way “things were done” in the past has become, well, a relic of the past.

When I announced the birth of my son on social media there were many people who were shocked to find out that I was expecting, because though I share much of my life on social media, I went to great lengths to not share my pregnancy on instagram, unlike so many of my peers. There were no first ultrasound pictures after we passed the 1st trimester milestone, no baby shoes posed with our dog, no growing bump, no nursery reveal.

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#EntrepreneursPodcastClub: FAILURE

Entrepreneurial culture has made grand efforts to reclaim the word failure-- because it has to. Because failure to entrepreneurs isn't the cycle of:

TRY --> FAIL --> PITY PARTY --> TRY SOMETHING LESS DIFFICULT

Instead entrepreneurs know that it's the cycle of

TRY --> FAIL --> LEARN --> IMPLEMENT LEARNING --> TRY AGAIN

These podcasts follow stories of failure and teach implementing failure as a strategy-- valuable lessons to both entrepreneurs and intraprenuers.

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Freedom

What does freedom mean to you?

To me it’s not at all about NOT working, it’s about having the space to do work where and when I want it. I know this isn’t ideal for all work situations, and certainly can make team collaborations a little trickier, but for a long time I’ve been highly suspect about the efficiencies of the traditional 9-5 environment.

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#EntrepreneursPodcastClub: INSTAGRAM

Oh Instagram. It's the most popular social media platform in the English-speaking world. It's completely changed the way we behave on the internet. It's given so many the opportunity to create a life, a living, connections, and have profound impact. It gets a lot of bad press-- about the comparison game, about illegitimacy and bots, about it's impact on people and their mental health. That being said, it's a TOOL. A hugely popular and powerful tool for so many to reach into niche and diverse communities, to make the world a bit smaller.

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How I Use Meditation as a Business Tool

I'm a highly emotional and sensitive person and sometimes (particularly in male-dominated corporate environments that I spent a lot of my career in), that hasn't been a business asset.

To quote one of my favorite actresses, Kristen Bell,

"The first thing you should know about me: if I'm not between a three and a seven on the emotional scale-- I'm crying."

And that statement my friends, couldn't be more true for me as well.

So, in the roller-coaster of work and entrepreneurship I've turned to meditation to do just that-- keep me in my zone of three to seven. Which isn't to say that I'm an unemotional robot-- it just means that the bad stuff? I don't let that take me out of my zone of power, and the good stuff? Well, people tend to be less judgmental when you're crying over major victories.

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Security: An Essay on Entrepreneurship

It’s July 2012, a sweltering summer evening in Tel Aviv. The kind where you just pray that if you keep calm, and walk just slightly with the occasional sea breeze, you won’t sweat completely through your clothes before arriving at your destination. I’m in my last month of a tough year. A year where I’ve balanced accelerated MBA course-loads from professors around the globe and the birth of my first business-- an adventure and eco-tourism company.

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#EntrepreneursPodcastClub: PRODUCT

What does your business sell? Whether a service or tangible product, there is so much that goes into the primary invention of your business. I chose these product stories to share because I felt that their creators overcame what sometimes feels seemingly impossible: confronting an industry giant as competition, reinventing a new segment, and optimizing sales channels that are new. Something that links all of these product stories together? Frustration over the currently available product or market and a desire to make things better.

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Cultivating Your Tribe: NETWORK

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road-- especially at first. It could take years to make your first hire, and even then, depending on that hire, their role, and your relationship, that person might not be someone that you choose to confide in, or seek counsel from. That’s why you have to build your tribe.

I’ve found that no tribe is complete without friends and family, peers, a general network of like-minded individuals, and mentors/mentees. These buckets of people tend to overlap, cross-over, and sometimes the same people can fill multiple or even all roles. In this four-part series, we’ll explore how to fill each of these roles, how to balance your sphere of influence and how to make sure your tribe is suited to your needs.

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Cultivating Your Tribe: PEERS + MENTORSHIP

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road-- especially at first. It could take years to make your first hire, and even then, depending on that hire, their role, and your relationship, that person might not be someone that you choose to confide in, or seek counsel from. That’s why you have to build your tribe.

I’ve found that no tribe is complete without friends and family, peers, a general network of like-minded individuals, and mentors/mentees. These buckets of people tend to overlap, cross-over, and sometimes the same people can fill multiple or even all roles. In this four-part series, we’ll explore how to fill each of these roles, how to balance your sphere of influence and how to make sure your tribe is suited to your needs.

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Why I Started the #EntrepreneursBookClub

My mom put me in a book club in 3rd grade. In 1996. She wanted me to find a love for reading and my friend's mother, a reading specialist, was organizing one with a few local girls. Begrudgingly I agreed-- It was a way to spend time with my best friend who went to another school, so one Sunday a month didn't seem like too much of a price to pay. We met once a month for six years (!) until the burden of high school work became a bit too cumbersome.

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Cultivating Your Tribe: FRIENDS + FAMILY

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely road-- especially at first. It could take years to make your first hire, and even then, depending on that hire, their role, and your relationship, that person might not be someone that you choose to confide in, or seek counsel from. That’s why you have to build your tribe.

I’ve found that no tribe is complete without friends and family, peers, a general network of like-minded individuals, and mentors/mentees. These buckets of people tend to overlap, cross-over, and sometimes the same people can fill multiple or even all roles. In this four-part series, we’ll explore how to fill each of these roles, how to balance your sphere of influence and how to make sure your tribe is suited to your needs.

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#EntrepreneursPodcastClub: CONTENT

Content is the fundamental beginning of your brand's existence outside the corner of your mind or office. Whether it's the copy on your website, the packaging of your product, the way your employees speak to customers, or the added value your offer to your community through content marketing like blog or social media posts, it all matters. Still working on some content strategy, or feel like there are areas where you can improve? Take a listen to some of the podcasts below.

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9 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Business (or any) Coach

So you've decided to hire a coach to help you level-up your business or career. Congrats! Taking that first step into self-investment can be tough, and finding the perfect person to help you grow may seem daunting. You wouldn't invest your time and money dating someone or attending therapy with someone who wasn't a good fit, so why would you settle for a business coach that wasn't well-suited to your needs?

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