As a mommy, author, speaker, artist, former licensed attorney, and wife, Emily has a very fulfilling and busy life despite the autoimmune disease that wracks her body! Emily and her husband, Scott, practice attachment parenting with their ten year old daughter, Sage, and twenty-three year old nephew, Rickey. They work as a family to fill their home with love, laughter, and acceptance. They allow their intuition to guide and inspire their decisions; finding it to be both rewarding and enjoyable. Emily homeschools Sage and enjoys every moment of learning and exploration. Emily is passionate about teaching how principles of love, understanding, and intuition can be applied to every aspect of life - from health, to education, to politics, to social issues. She believes that every person has divine and inherent worth and can take responsibility for the society in which we live.
She utilizes a combination of eastern philosophy and new age spirituality to steer her experiences and works closely with bestselling author, Neale Donald Walsch, on his program for families called Conversations with God for Parents, as Director of Program Development. She and Laurie Lankins Farley co-authored the book, Conversations with God for Parents, with internationally best-selling author, Neale Donald Walsch. (Rainbow Ridge, 2015). In it, Neale, Laurie, and Emily take 18 of the 25 Core Concepts of the Conversations with God (CwG) Cosmology and interpret them into accessible, child-friendly terminology to assist families in teaching and parenting the New Spirituality to and with their children.
Emily wrote a series of children's books called the With My Child series, intended to help parents and children bond through every day activities. She also writes on the topic of parenting and spirituality for an Australian Parenting magazine called Nurture Magazine and has had articles featured by Attachment Parenting International and various other outlets including the MindBodyNetwork and The Global Conversation.
Emily has been living with an autoimmune disease for the past twenty years and recently wrote a book about living a happy life in spite of her disease. The Marvelous Transformation: Living Well with Autoimmune Disease published in July, 2015 by Central Recovery Press. Click here for more information. Emily's health has prevented her from many typical experiences such as working a full-time job, being as active as she would like, and living a "normal" life. But through positivity and gratitude (and a lot of naps) she has managed to live well anyway!
In her quest for better health, Emily has embraced many alternative modalities including Reiki, acupuncture, herbal and vitamin supplements, massage, yoga, and essential oils. In fact she, her daughter, and nephew (a massage therapist) have all become Reiki Practitioners due to the its healthful effects. More information can be found here. She has found one of the most important tools of living a fulfilled life with her disease is humor.
Emily is actively involved in her community. She was involved with a patient-centered organization, Myositis Support and Understanding. She was a founding member of the Board of Directors and served as Vice President, she is currently active in their Facebook support group for people diagnosed with Myositis. Her blogs have been featured by Myositis Support and Understanding Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Transitions Blog. Emily believes in Conscious and Ethical business practices which better the world in which we live so she is a signatory to Humanity's Team's Conscious Business Declaration.
She recently co-coordinated and co-hosted a Trivia Night and Silent Auction event for a local youth figure skating club. She engages in charitable giving opportunities, donating her children's books to multiple child and family centered organizations every year. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if your organization would like to discuss book donations.
Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in English from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and a Juris Doctor with a Certificate of International and Comparative Law from St. Louis University School of Law. Her career path has been winding and unpredictable but she feels that writing has brought her to where she was always supposed to be, bringing joy and peace to peoples' lives.
She hopes you feel her love and find inspiration in her work!
Author photo (at top) by David Soto, Jr.