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hey, hi, hello!

I’m Emma. I’m so happy that you’ve found your way to this small corner of the internet, a place where I’ve felt inspired to share my thoughts about dreaming, working, and just plain living in all. of. the. ways.

the story

emmaelsewhere has long been more than a blog to me - it’s been a way for me to explore my identity. What started off as a fashion-based blog quickly grew to encompass beauty and lifestyle as well, exploding with energy at times and eventually dimming when I lost traction or interest in the topics at hand. When I realized that I was stifling my creative fire by forcing myself to write about narrow topics that didn’t light me up anymore I decided to pivot.

Today, things are looking a little different. I’m a 25-year-old Midwestern girl who is FIRED. UP. about helping others discover their passions. To be honest, I should have known this for awhile now. Just look at my Ikigai.

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My Ikigai:

Opening others’ eyes to new possibilities for happiness

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Don’t know what an Ikigai is? We’ll get into that later.

Over the past few years I’ve experienced a ton of growth, both personally and professionally. I’ve climbed the ladder in my job, realized it wasn’t for me, then moved on to what I thought was my dream career. Along the way, I’d give advice to my closest friends, encouraging them to go after their passions, and dragging them into deep discussions about their potential, their aspirations, and how they could maximize both of those things in order to live the life that they wanted. After all, I’d figured out a way.

Then, things took a turn. When my dream career didn’t work out the way I’d hoped, I spent about a month contemplating what my next step was. I was overwhelmed with choice and the limiting belief that I needed to find the perfect job and find it fast, that I needed to quickly find the next step in my professional life that would make every step before worth it. The pressure that I put on myself to secure another dream career was paralyzing.

That’s when I realized that I wasn’t giving myself the same consideration that I’d given to other people. I was forcing myself to find a job that would look good on paper, look good to others, instead of focusing on what I needed in the moment. I don’t know if I’ve quite figured it out yet, but I’ve gotten a lot closer. And I’ve turned this blog into a space where I can take you with me as I head out on this personal and professional journey. Let’s figure it all out together, shall we?

Today, this blog finally represents what I’ve always wanted it to: a helpful place where women (and men! I see a few of you out there!) can come to find answers to some of life’s more important questions. Examples: How do I lock down my dream career? How do I find a mentor? What should my budget look like? How do I know what I’m passionate about? What podcasts should I be listening to? What are other people my age doing to become successful? Should I be worried that I pulled The Devil card from my tarot deck?

That last one is only sort-of a joke.

So, welcome. I’m glad that you’re here.

That you’ve found this mini-universe through some act of fate (or maybe just really great SEO). While I know that you’ve probably come for the content that revolves around big life questions, dreaming, planning, and manifesting, I’m a multidimensional human who will sometimes just want to write about soup. I hope that you’ll stick around for those moments too.