Radical Self Acceptance: A Chat with Emily Nolan
Why I Never Shared My Pregnancy On Social Media
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!).
Security: An Essay on Entrepreneurship
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.
Cultivating Your Tribe: FRIENDS + FAMILY
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.
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.