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

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About Me and You

I help burned out 9-5ers create an action plan to quit their jobs and start a business of their own.


They want to do rewarding work that gives them more time to enjoy life, but feel trapped in their soul-sucking jobs and don’t know how to start a new career that still pays their bills.


I teach them to confidently step into work they love so they can make a living with flexibility and freedom.


Hey friend, if you are a stressed out corporate worker in need of solutions for anxiety and panic attacks, while meeting your goals and crafting a purpose filled life, I gotchu.


Your job was so great! And then, maybe six months in, the pretty paint starts to crack. Perhaps you had a really shitty project or a frustrating convo with your boss. You vowed to change it up - do something else - quit this place and GO. You started exploring other options. But then it got better. So you stayed the course. And then, something crappy happened again. Dammit.


Maybe you paid off your last credit card, started working on your student loans, and then a really necessary surgery happened to your family...you needed the insurance and now you need the income to pay off bills. Le sigh.


So, you go to the job you no longer love, for the insurance or the income or hell maybe even the altruistic idea that you’re making a difference in the world from within the system.


I get it. I’ve been there.


I completely understand working a stressful job for the benefit of your family or your life goals.


Six years ago while working a stressful Human Resources Manager job to pay off my $70,000 of student loans, I realized I had a choice. I could do the job and be stressed out and anxious and have multiple panic attacks...or I could CHOOSE to stay in the game...and find tools to navigate the stress while meeting my goals and finding my purpose.


I started training and teaching while working full time.


I let my work support me. I became a certified yoga teacher. I learned a lot of different bodywork, energy healing and communication modalities. I got busy with CrossFit and dancing and walking my dog. I learned ways to stay in the system and stay sane.


I want to share these ways with you - so that you, too, can meet your goals, craft your purpose and reduce your stress.


I grew up on 50 acres of woods in the middle of Michigan. My dad worked a corporate 9-5 for 30 years to support our family. Daily, for 30 years, I watched him love us and support us and be stressed out. I did what you were supposed to do: went to college and got a job. One morning, I woke up to excruciating pain from excessively working out in order to manage my stress from my marriage, my job and my lack of purpose and direction.


I was in deep, mind numbing pain from repressing my emotions and actions, over-exercising and under-eating. I hated my job. I was mad at my relationship. Student loan statements triggered panic attacks. My life was not my own and I was trying to control it. Yoga and walking outdoors started to help me manage my pain. Moving back home to Michigan, becoming a yoga teacher, getting divorced and working through different jobs helped me feel better. And it kept getting better as I volunteered for organizations I loved and started working toward “what I want to do with my life” version 3.0.


As I connected to myself through getting outside, yoga and meditation, I started studying more healing arts paths. Yoga. Thai Bodywork. Tarot. Sacred Sexuality. Shamanism. Ecstatic Dance. Plant Spirit Medicine. Shiatsu. Five Elements Theory. Acupuncture. Conscious Relationships. Astrology. Gyrotonic System. Acudetox. Death Doula. Orphan Wisdom School. Ashtanga.


I wove a blanket of sweet, sustainable comfort, over my life. And yet it wasn’t enough. My life was blessed with the arrival of my sweet son and I knew I finally needed to shift. He was born with multiple congenital heart defects and we went through three heart surgeries within his first six months of life.

That experience completely rocked me, and showed me how strong and courageous I am, and just how driven I am to help you rebel and thrive from within the system.


I’ve been in corporate america for 15 years. At 17, I started working as a co-op for a multinational company with over 50,000 employees. My colleague, a Six Sigma black belt project manager, died from a heart attack while on his morning run. That shook me. I learned, very quickly, about corporate culture and stress.


Just out of college, I was making $13 an hour. I ended my corporate career making six figures. I have worked for eight different companies with 30 to 300,000 people. As an HR Manager and Recruiter, I have hired people making $10 an hour to $500,000 a year. I have talked to thousands of people about their dreams, goals, experience and desires for their careers and lives.


The grass isn’t greener on the other side. There will always be that jerk boss and co-worker who takes credit for your ideas. If you are working in corporate america, you will always have some stress and anxiety and will be searching for meaning. There are many unique ways we can choose to tackle these stressors and find a deep sense of calm, connection and purpose. Let me help lead you toward your unique solutions and purpose.

When you are completely stressed out, frustrated and craving purpose, you need someone who has been there and done then to walk you through it. I have been there and done that. It has been a long, twisty journey for me to figure out what I was craving, why I was stressed and in pain and what the f*ck to do about it. 

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 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 ask lots of questions 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 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 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’.