26 Random Facts About Yours Truly

  1. I probably should have been a journalist. I ask so many questions my friends call me “Inquisition Emily.”
  2. It took my coauthor Skip Lineberg and I five years to find a publisher for Effective Immediately.
  3. I got a gig writing for The Huffington Post by “strategically stalking” the editor online.
  4. When I was pregnant with my first son, I had Bells Palsy and couldn’t smile or move the left side of my face for months. Coming out of that, I vowed never to complain about small things – like weight – ever again.
  5. My best friend Nicole and I have been exchanging presents in the same rusted, crusty ball for more than 20 years. It’s gone back-and-forth through high school, college, boyfriends (good and bad), weddings, and babies.
  6. I’ve always wanted to work on the editorial side of a fashion magazine. I have TUBS of old Vogues circa 1989 – 1999. My girl crush in college (aside from Madonna) was Kate Betts, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar. In 2010, I reached out to Kate over Twitter and asked if she would present a workshop with me at a women’s conference. She did and we’ve been friends ever since.
  7. I’m a hugger – big-time.
  8. The best career advice I’ve ever received came from Tory Johnson. When I was complaining about something she said, “Ok, so what are you doing right now to change your circumstances so they are aligned with what you truly want for yourself?” I think about that every day.
  9. I lived in London for a year and it was BY FAR the best decision I ever made in college.
  10. I once bought a plane ticket to London on a total whim just to have dinner with a guy I liked. He had a girlfriend (oops!) so I went to Paris instead.
  11. I was raised by a single dad in a 900-square-foot house on the west side of Charleston, West Virginia. My dad was in a band called Eli Blue, which was almost the name of my first son.
  12. Becoming an author has proven to me that the most successful people in life aren’t always the most talented, they are the most driven.
  13. My favorite Starbucks drink is a green tea soy latte and I don’t care if it’s $4.
  14. I fell in love with my husband when we were camping and he chased his dog’s glow ball down a river rapid. That’s when I knew he’d be a great dad.
  15. My dream yoga pose is a one-legged king pigeon.
  16. At the top of my life list goals: Masters in Comparative Religion, Fluent French, learn piano, visit Auschwitz, become a career columnist for a major magazine, spend a summer in the Cotswolds, adopt a girl.
  17. I used to work for the founder of The Moscow Times. He doesn’t own a TV, survived a failed Russian coup, wrote a terrific spy thriller, and taught me a lot about how to be a parent.
  18. I’ve done a fire walk.
  19. I dropped out of college (briefly) and took a Greyhound Bus to New York City in a short-lived attempt to become an actress. I stayed at the Chelsea Hotel for three days before I ran out of money and came home.
  20. I snuck into the Paris after-party for the film Studio 54. It was grand.
  21. It takes me three hours to write one page of copy. (See #12)
  22. In my first job, I sent out a press release about a state senator that was so erroneous, it garnered it’s own above-the-fold-article on the front page of our local paper. The president of the county commission was quoted as saying I should be fired.
  23. My first career-related presentation was in 2005 and I was so nervous I read from a script.
  24. Live, national TV is by far the scariest thing I’ve ever done.
  25. Reading A Course in Miracles radically changed my life. Reading Crazy, Sexy, Diet radically changed my fridge.
  26. I talk about religion and politics.

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