Emily K Thomas is the curator and teacher of the Live Your Light School. For Emily, the idea of consciousness takes center stage. She prioritizes women in her work and has reached thousands of people internationally. She created the EKT Academy and leads professional mastermind groups and soul-centered online courses. Emily also hosts the Live Your Light Show podcast.
A successful corporate warrior who took a leap into the unknown, Emily provides pinpoint guidance towards achieving transformation and fulfillment through the lens of female experience, wisdom, and entrepreneurship. Through our interview, she reveals how her personal experiences and the facts of her life contribute to her unique way of accomplishing actualization in business, heart, and mind.
What is your typical day like?
Every morning, I wake up and snuggle my 2-year-old daughter. I spend at least 30-45 min fully present with her reading and making her breakfast. Once we eat, my husband typically takes over. Covid-19 meant that we couldn’t have help with Kahaya, my daughter, during the day. My husband and I had to lean on conscious communication and teamwork to take turns throughout the day. It was an adjustment at first but it was SUCH a blessing in disguise.
So I’ll sneak away and do my morning devotion. I practice my gratitude journal and spend 20 to 30 min meditating (if you want to meditate with me, send me a message & I’ll send you a special recording). I visualize my day ahead and ground into the present moment.
Then, I typically meet with clients and take breaks throughout the day to go on walks. I’ll put my phone down to be present with my daughter and husband. That’s something that would’ve been so uncharacteristic of me 5 years ago. I cherish these moments with my family and I also realize that they allow me to show up at a much higher level with my clients. I love the saying, “when you slow down, you speed up”! This is absolutely true for my life these days. I consciously take time to slow down and be present. I’ve seen a massive shift in my business’ growth. It’s ironic but pretty remarkable.
Before bed at night, I review my schedule for the next day. I visualize the future me executing my tasks and stretching myself outside my comfort zone.
How did you get to where you are today?
I had a nudge from within telling me that I was meant to do something to impact the lives of others around the world. I didn’t know what that meant so I ignored it for years. Eventually the nudge became too loud and forced me to pay attention. Being the first entrepreneur in my family, I didn’t know where to begin or what to do. But I knew I had to find a way. I just started by meditating, visualizing, and getting extremely clear on what it was I wanted to create.
Once I had clarity I needed to build my confidence. This is where the mindset work had to come in. This was a lot harder than it sounds. I had to dissect my belief system and manually omit or select thoughts that were in alignment with my vision. During this process, I developed a mind management technique that I use with all of my students today. It supports understanding your mind, transforming your thoughts and practicing those repetitively until they become the new operating system. I call this process my B.R.E.A.T.H.E mind management system.
Throughout my journey, I’ve also made A LOT of mistakes. I taught myself how to feel every emotion and fear of failure was one of those emotions that I learned to make peace with. Ask questions, be a student of life, and be deliberate. I learned how to be disciplined and focused on my goals and trained my brain to procrastinate less. The reward was that I could then spend more time with my family and friends.
With that said, I am certainly not perfect and my journey is ongoing. I love that I fail and I love that I get scared daily. To me, that means I’m truly living.
What is the most important thing to you right now?
TIME! Time is the most valuable thing we have. I am very selective about how I spend my time, who I spend my time with, etc.. This is a skill that was difficult to learn but was crucial for my personal growth and business success.
What has helped you the most with your success?
Hiring a team that believes in my vision. A team has allowed me to delegate and automate things that I wasn’t passionate about, so I can stay in my creative zone of genius. Before I hired my team, I was trying to do it all. The reality was, I was doing it but it wasn’t getting done well. I frankly was burning the candle at both ends.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
My brain, my mindset. My personal programming was so strong that I truly believed that I wasn’t good enough to be a coach or mentor. Despite all my experiences, course trainings, certifications, and mentors. It took me years of mindset work and personal work. Once I made some shifts and understood my brain, I was able to break free of the personal chains and finally step into my power.
This is why my work today is deeply rooted in mindset, neuroscience and self-trust. Based on my personal experience and research, I created a framework to support my students. They obliterate their limiting patterns and step into their potential to be who they’ve always known they were meant to be.
What is a crucial piece of advice you would give to women about following their dreams and passions?
Trust that nudge you feel inside you. The fear that you have now isn’t a fraction as strong as the regret you will feel at the end of your life if you don’t pursue it. You feel that nudge for a reason, don’t ignore it!
What is your favorite question to ask others?
What’s the worst that can happen? –The worst thing that can happen is always an emotion or feeling. And when you know how to handle every feeling, you won’t be afraid to take risks. So, I always teach my students how to truly FEEL their emotions so they become unstoppable.