Emma Shields is a multi-passionate, self-love junkie who loves supporting people on their journey to wellness. Since suffering from adrenal burnout and a host of related conditions, she has dedicated herself to personal healing and growth, discovering what works for her physically, emotionally and spiritually, and encouraging others to find their own unique path. Meet Emma…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
The first time my passion really ignited was when I attended a wellness weekend workshop in my hometown in Rockhampton with Nykki Hardin. I learned about meditation, states of consciousness, and that food could be medicine, and I seemed to wake up from a dream. Prior to that I was going the moves – gym, cross fit, 100km charity hikes, following diets such as the Zone Diet and experimenting with a more whole foods approach. This experience catapulted me forward into a whole new world. I found the Wellness Warrior, Louise Hay, Sarah Wilson, IIN, and it all went nuts from there. I’ve experienced a lot in three short years! I’m now a certified Health Coach with IIN, a Level One certified Yoga Teacher, a Level 1 Reiki Practitioner, a Certified Angel Intuitive, and a meditation teacher. I’ve worked for Earth Events and a few of the other big names in wellness in Australia, and now I’m juggling coaching, yoga classes, part-time work and virtual assistant work. There’s never a dull moment
What’s your number one wellness tip?
Do things that make your body feel good every day, and slow down enough to appreciate it. You can drink all the smoothies and do all the yoga but if you’re doing it from a place of fear or obligation it’s not supporting you. Oh, and salt water – the ocean, sweat, tears – is cleansing!
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
These days it’s energy clearing. If I’m not vibing high, I’m not going to make healthy choices. So that looks like a guided chakra meditation, self-reiki, yoga, covering myself in crystals, getting outside for as long as I can, dancing like a crazy lady, kinesiology – anything that gets me out of my head and into my body.
What motto do you live by?
Embrace the experiences that life brings you and turn your challenges into opportunities to love more.
What is your proudest achievement?
I’ve done some pretty cool stuff – travelled alone, co-ordinated and assistant managed the Wellness Warrior Tour – but I’m most proud of the way I pulled it together late last year. I wrote about it on my blog, but I had no income and nowhere to live, left a toxic relationship and moved home to my parents’ place. A month later I’d managed to score about 10 weekly yoga classes, a part-time job, and a coaching client. It was the most humbling experience and it really showed me what can happen when I work with my energy first, and set a strong intention.
What are your goals for the future?
This year I want to travel to India and hit the Groove Festival – two of my favourite Insta-yogis Meghan Currie and Patrick Beach will be there! I’d love to complete Level Two Yoga Teacher Training. Long-term I’d love to be an angel investor and provide tertiary education scholarships to people with big dreams and big drive – whether that’s traditional university, institutions like IIN or Endeavour College, or even international places like the Chopra Centre. Education is no longer affordable and that’s a huge shame.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I love books. I tend to read my favourite fiction books over and over, and I never get sick of them. I love old-school children’s stuff like Enid Blyton, and classics like the Bronte sisters and Shakespeare. I even bought an epic leather-bound, gold-lined tome of Jane Austen’s complete works when I was in Bath. I’d love to have space for my own library!
Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?
Coconut Lime Pie
1-2 cups pitted dates
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup almonds
Throw ingredients together in a blender or food processor and combine until mixture sticks together when you pinch it. Press out into a slice tin lined with baking paper or a springform pan. Let it set in the freezer while you make the filling.
2 cups soaked cashews (soak for at least 2 hours to soften and activate the nuts)
1-2 teaspoons vanilla powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1-2 tablespoons rice malt syrup or maple syrup
Flesh of 2 fresh coconuts
2 limes, juice + zest +1 extra for decoration (maybe more if you’re using conventional limes)
Blend all together in a blender/processor until smooth. Pour over base and sprinkle with extra zest. Leave in the freezer to set for at least an hour. Decorate with fresh lime twists and/or shredded coconut right before you serve.
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