About Me and You

You’re working a job you no longer love and it’s been stressing you out for years. 

 

You know this isn’t what you’re “meant to do”, but, you’re not quite sure how to go from your career to starting your own business, while still paying your bills, and having the freedom and flexibility you want.

 

You think you’ll never get out of Corporate America, but you hold onto the dream of doing your own thing because you know you have a greater purpose. You weren’t put here to stare at a screen in a dark cubicle all day! 

 

You have a deep sense that a frustrating, stressful 9-5 job where you’re unappreciated and undervalued is not how it is supposed to be. You want to make a difference in the world and know that you are meant for something more.

You’re working a job you no longer love and it’s been stressing you out for years. 

 

You know this isn’t what you’re “meant to do”, but, you’re not quite sure how to go from your career to starting your own business, while still paying your bills, and having the freedom and flexibility you want.

 

You think you’ll never get out of Corporate America, but you hold onto the dream of doing your own thing because you know you have a greater purpose. You weren’t put here to stare at a screen in a dark cubicle all day! 

 

You have a deep sense that a frustrating, stressful 9-5 job where you’re unappreciated and undervalued is not how it is supposed to be. You want to make a difference in the world and know that you are meant for something more.

I’ve been there too, and I can help you save your time and energy to get to the other side.

 

I’m a mompreneur who quit her 15 year corporate career to have freedom and flexibility to do work I love while caring for my family!

 

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.

 

I love helping people find their life purpose and do their own unique work in the world.

My Story

Growing up, I never knew exactly “what I wanted to be”, but I knew I wanted to help people and I was really passionate about learning why people make the choices that they do. I was a total psychology geek and I knew I had to go to college for it. 

 

I followed ALL the rules.

 

I followed the American dream and did what I was supposed to do - I went to school, graduate school, and then looked for a career I could love, helping people and making money to pay my bills. 

 

I graduated with $50,000 in student loans in 2007. I wanted to work doing something that was of real service to the world...but I couldn’t afford to take the starting salaries that were offered. I needed more than $10/hr and the promise of “more some day” in order to pay my monthly minimum loan payments.

 

I needed more money. The kind of money that corporations have plenty of. I love helping people, so I figured, Human Resources would be a good corporate application of my skills. 

 

It wasn’t. 

 

I quickly realized that HR people are there to enforce company policies...not to help people. 

 

This became clear when I repeatedly got in trouble for not following appropriate procedures, like emailing another department for information in order to get my job done. I was pulled into my bosses’ boss’s office and left in tears.

 

I was frustrated, stressed out and exhausted. I knew I had a serious problem when I caused a stress fracture in my hip from over-exercising and under-eating, unhealthy techniques I was using to numb the stress in my life. 

 

At the time, I didn’t know what was happening, but looking back I know I was stressed to the max, in suffering through an unhappy marriage and a job that was destroying me.

 

Enter doctor prescribed yoga.

 

I took a basic ashtanga yoga class at a local studio. It was great. I could move and breathe and clear my head. I vowed to find a yoga studio and continue once I moved home to Michigan so my then husband could attend law school.

 

I started studying yoga as I took my first direct recruiting job. I was told to be competitive and work hard to place people...but then, I was told I was too competitive. I felt like I couldn’t win. 

 

I leaned into training and learning new skills.

 

Yoga teacher training opened up a whole new world for me and let me have a way to focus on something other than a stressful 9-5 job. 

 

I started tuning in with my body and slowing down and paying attention to my breath and how I felt.

 

During this time, I became the first HR Manager at a small family owned construction company. I learned a ton, but I was burned out. 

 

I thought maybe I’d become a full time yoga teacher or something, but meanwhile, I needed a new job...and...a new life. 

 

Right about here is where my former husband and I ended it for good. He became a newly minted lawyer, and I became a recruiter at another company.

 

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

 

I began teaching yoga. I got busy with CrossFit, dancing and walking my dog. I learned ways to stay in the system while also staying sane and doing work that lit me up!

 

One job led to another and I knew for sure I had to get out of Corporate America...but I wasn’t sure when, or how. 

 

I had a home mortgage and bills to pay. I had student loan debt that kept causing me panic attacks.

 

Those loans kept me in corporate jobs because I thought the only way to pay them off was to keep climbing the corporate ladder, and making more money, so I could throw it at the student loans.

 

The anxiety of debt was impacting my freedom so I focused on paying them off. It took me ten years. I paid off about $70,000. 

 

By this time, I was working as a Corporate Recruiter for a global company. Working from home made Corporate America less stressful and yet I still felt dissatisfied.

 

I realized I needed a serious career shift, but I wasn’t quite sure how.

 

I was no longer teaching yoga. I studied different healing arts while working full time.

 

I would go to college recruiting events and hire excited graduates for a very low salary and the promise of “great experience and training”. My heart ached because I could see where those students would end up 10 years down the road. 

 

They believed they would do great work that allowed them to pay off their loans and enjoy their life. 

 

The real truth is that a lot of the mid level managers I met and hired were exhausted and dreaming of what they would do if they weren’t doing this dead end job.

 

Every time I left one job to go to another, I had my boss share their big dreams with me. 

 

One boss’s dream was to be a college basketball coach. Another wanted to run his own business. Neither would leave their jobs to pursue their dreams because they didn’t know how and were afraid to leave the known, secure paycheck...even if it was sucking their soul dry.

 

I couldn’t keep hiring people into a hard life of “someday” I’ll do what I want to do.

 

I have a vision of a world where people do what they love.

 

When I became pregnant with my son, Cedar, I knew I wanted to finally quit Corporate America. Now, with my student loans paid off, I realized there would always be “one more thing” to pay off or save up for. I had to choose when and how to quit and finally do work I loved.

 

I planned to leave my job after my son was born.

 

Cedar was going to be a home birth, but after 20+ hours of laboring, we ended up in the nearby hospital. Birth there was fine and I was excited to get back home! We were about to be released, but Cedar’s oxygen levels were at just 88%.

 

The next few hours were a flurry of activity and tears and a whole lot of fear.

 

One test led to the next and we learned something no parent ever really prepares for. Cedar was born with heart problems. 

 

He had multiple congenital heart defects, an AVSD and mitral valve issues, among others. 

 

My perspective on life and what matters changed in an instant.

 

Cedar had his first open heart surgery at just 30 days old. 

 

I was very concerned with holding onto our corporate insurance policy. It’s terrifying to think about that bureaucratic crap when your son’s life is at stake, and it's reality in America. 

 

In 2018, my son had two open heart surgeries and a pacemaker installed. Between the timing of his second open heart surgery and pacemaker, I had a tumor removed. That year our total health care costs were over $500,000. With insurance, we only paid our high deductible of $13,000.

 

I kept my corporate job for the insurance and to give me time to plan my next step.

 

Cedar stayed home with me with a babysitter to care for him while I worked from home and breastfed him between phone conferences. Recovery was intense and difficult.

 

Something about watching your 1 month old, 4 month old and 6 month old baby come through having his rib cage cut open, a gore tex patch put into his heart, and a small electronic device in his belly, has you seeing life’s priorities very differently, very quickly.

 

I didn’t want to spend 40+ hours a week doing something I didn’t love.

 

I wanted to do something that mattered.

 

Something that helped people and made a difference in the world.

 

I decided to figure out what I could be really good at and what I knew a lot about. 

 

Our biggest strength is who we are, what we’ve come through and what we’ve learned from our own lives.

 

I worked my corporate job a year longer than I wanted to, in order to keep our health insurance and to build my business plan, programs and strategies. 

 

I know what it feels like to be stressed out, frustrated and wanting to leave your 9-5 job.

 

I know what it’s like to figure out coping mechanisms and strategies to dealing with it so you can feel sane and take care of yourself every day. 

 

I know what it takes to build learning and training into your day so you can focus on your side hustles and businesses so you can finally leave your corporate job and do your own beautiful work in the world.

 

I chose to figure out what I wanted to do and do it. 

 

I didn’t know anyone who was doing it, and I still don’t know anyone who helps folks quit their job and start their own business. But, I wanted to help people, like me, know that they weren’t alone and that they too could do something important with their lives. 

 

Life is precious. Cedar teaches me that every day. He is happy and healthy and gets to live like a normal kid. He will have more open heart surgeries, and I don’t know when, or exactly how...but I do know that every moment I work it will be doing something that matters with people that I care about. 

My Life Now

Today, I get to do work that lights me up, helping other people follow their own passion and create their business.

 

I am so very blessed to do work with clients I love and have time and energy to enjoy life with my family. 

 

I don’t wake up stressed out and dreading my corporate inbox and participating in video meetings that don’t matter.

 

I get to practice ashtanga yoga, sip my coffee while my toddler plays with his toys and puppy and thoroughly enjoy my work time with my coaching clients, helping them stress less and enjoy their lives. 

 

I get to help bank project managers, teachers and administrative assistants to feel confident in building their dream life into work that sustains them and is of service to other people.

 

I absolutely adore being fully in control of my schedule and where I’m directing my time and energy and my ability to change it and go with the flow of what my family and I need. 

 

I would love to hear from you! I know you have your own unique journey of how you got stuck in a frustrating 9-5, wanting to start your own business. 

 

To learn more about how I can help you, check out my Work With Me Page.

Emily Otto   |     emily@emily-otto.com    |     Book a Call

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