Emily Otto   |     emily@emily-otto.com    |     989-397-3616

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Dear Stressed Corporate Worker:


If you are reading this then my guess is that you are working a job that drains you.


Over the past few years,

I’ve worked with many people who come to me in the same position.


They’re in the middle of their career and,

if they had the money, they’d quit tomorrow (and in spectacular fashion).


In the past few months, they have hit a “breaking point”

(e.g. a big argument with a colleague or their spouse,

one more bill or a bad review from their boss).


Many of them are parents who are balancing their full time job,

making an impact in the world and managing kiddos.


They feel like there is never “enough” time or money.


They start to have key home relationships (parents, partner, children) crack.


They want out of the corporate world but have reasons to stay. If they leave now, how will they pay their bills, afford their home, access health insurance, get out of debt and help their families?


They feel trapped. Stagnant. Directionless.


They are exhausted with the 9-5 routine, pointless meetings and tasks, bills, not feeling connected or valued and relationship struggles.


They feel stressed and anxious. They envy entrepreneurs and small companies because they feel like people in those roles have more freedom, less stress and a greater sense of purpose in their jobs while they feel like a slave to their utterly meaningless job while being driven by their tyrannical bosses to burnout.


They want to feel sane, stable and purpose driven.


They need a believable exit map and strategy.


They want to feel ease and excitement as they learn new skills and career paths.


They crave a passion filled, juicy life.


They start to run the 9-5 job on auto pilot and work toward focused goals.


Life starts to change in big ways, e.g. relationships get better or dissolve, projects are consistently worked on, debts are paid down and paid off.


They want more freedom.


They need to do “something” with their lives.


They want to "clean up" their work life, their energy/body feels and their eating habits.


I have a special place in my heart for people who:


  • Love the idea of being a rebel spirit within the confines of capitalism. They feel morally wronged by our capitalistic corporate society and want to create community and village mindedness to live a life they don’t have to escape from. They increasingly see themselves as Jedi warriors disguised in a storm trooper outfit on the Death Star. Stay under cover. Focus on the goals of the rebellion (e.g. real work-life balance, village creation and living your purpose daily).

  • Want to make a difference in the world and have a deep sense of “it’s not supposed to be this way”. They care about economic inequality, nature and the environment and feel a responsibility to use whatever unearned privileges they might have to make a difference.

  • Are drawn to a balanced life. Can be found out on long walks in the woods and other wild spaces, at potlucks, conscious cafes, death cafes, actual cafes, libraries, Meetup groups, exercise classes and yoga.

  • Are comfortable looking at their finances. They are OK with looking at their own debts and bills and talking about money and numbers. They can be comfortable talking about why they're avoiding it.

  • Are spiritually open and enjoy groovy hippy things. They wear corporate casual slacks and dress shoes at work, and in the evenings, transition to yoga pants and festival skirts. Some are healing arts workers in their own right on the side. They teach yoga once a week or volunteer at a school. They volunteer at a humane society or have taken a class in Reiki or shamanic work.

  • They are inquisitive and hungry to learn and wonder about meaningful and magical things. They enjoy learning about things like astrology, eco-consciousness, wilderness, animals, about being human, the intersection and true nature of disease and the body-mind connection, autoimmune disease causes and solutions, plant spirit medicine and plant based medicines, mindfulness and meditation practices. They crave hands on training in sewing, carpentry, silversmithing and soap making. They are fascinated by the power of vulnerability, the world around them, great sex, good relationships, depth and meaning making.

  • Are drawn to the mythopoetic imagination and old stories being brought to present minds. Enjoy authors like Sharon Blackie, Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Michael Meade, Christopher Ryan, Dr. Gabor Mate, Elliot Cowan, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Robin Rose Bennett, Philip Shepherd, Susan Weed.

  • Who like watching TedX videos and listening to podcasts. Favorites: The Bioneers (revolution from the heart of nature), The Longest Shortest Time (motherhood and parenting), Tangentially Speaking (good conversation with Christopher Ryan), Magamama (sex, birth, motherhood), The Mortified (adults reading childhood journals).


We Might Not Be a Fit If:


  • You love ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ and desire more cars, a much bigger house and other expensive bullshit.

  • You aren’t ready to be invested in the process. This investment requires your daily attention. 15-20 mins a day. 3 hours a week. A minimum of one full month and a maximum of three months or one season of your life. You cannot half ass this...full ass everything! Or, don’t do it.

  • You aren’t ready to make big changes to your life in many small ways.

  • You don't believe being stressed out can have an impact on the health of your body and show up in migraines, weird pains and illness.

  • You don’t believe in energy work - like yoga chakras or Reiki.

  • You don’t believe that good food and exercise matter.

  • You have strong right leaning political beliefs or you voted for ‘that guy’.

  • You enjoy being right all the time and believe you know enough

    Are you in? Let's work together to move you toward a life you love.