Skip links

Meet Emily

My Favorite Quote

“Taking care of others is what I was called to do.”

Her Story

As a young, single mother, Emily attended college and graduated with her degree in Environmental Science, knowing she always wanted to make a positive difference in the world. However, around this same time, her second grade son, Evan, was beginning to show some behavior changes and abnormal reactions to everyday situations…. And when she graduated, her only son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, autism and epilepsy.

Emily selflessly decided to, “put her professional goals on hold to become a full-time caregiver.” Which she says, “was both a blessing and a challenge.” Family is the most important thing to her – and she knows in her heart that, “taking care of others is what she has been called to do.” (Since her father passed away suddenly, she is also the sole caregiver to her mother who sadly suffers from dementia).

As Emily began to advocate for her special needs son as he navigated the public school system, she realized that because he fell outside the circle of traditional “special needs,” there wasn’t a lot of support available to him. Her son didn’t have learning or behavioral issues, but instead suffered from mental illness, and Emily grew determined to crush the stigma and shame that surrounded it. She wanted to, “give mental illness a sense of normalcy.”

Evan is now 19 years old and is finishing his first year of college! He is passionate about Culinary Arts and is becoming increasingly independent. Of course, this is what Emily always dreamed for him, however, after so many years focusing on his care, she felt lost. But she also knew that this would be the “gateway to spreading her wings.”

Evan’s independence has created space for Emily to manifest a new purpose. She discovered that while there were resources to help support families with children suffering from mental illness, there weren’t enough resources to help transition these kids to adulthood. Emily’s goal now is to help other families by sharing her own personal experiences and insights in a blog.

But she’s not stopping there….her creative side was calling, and she was inspired to try Poured Painting. She bought a book on Amazon, bought some cheap paint and some small canvases and fell in love! She took a chance and posted some pictures of her paintings on Facebook and immediately sold one!

Since joining Heartfelt, things have snowballed for Emily – she was chosen as a Heartfelt Role Model, Roma Downey spoke so kindly of her #goodroom quote, she received the most gorgeous Laurie Felt – Los Angeles clothes to model, and she has met the most uplifting and supportive online group of women. She is so honored to be part of the Heartfelt community, and grateful that it fell into her world at the perfect time. It has eased her loneliness (as being a full-time caregiver can be isolating), and she feels so blessed to be surrounded by such positive connections and encouragement …

In Emily’s words, “it is MIND BLOWING.”

Evan’s independence has created space for Emily to manifest a new purpose. She discovered that while there were resources to help support families with children suffering from mental illness, there weren’t enough resources to help transition these kids to adulthood. Emily’s goal now is to help other families by sharing her own personal experiences and insights in a blog.

But she’s not stopping there….her creative side was calling, and she was inspired to try Poured Painting. She bought a book on Amazon, bought some cheap paint and some small canvases and fell in love! She took a chance and posted some pictures of her paintings on Facebook and immediately sold one!

Since joining Heartfelt, things have snowballed for Emily – she was chosen as a Heartfelt Role Model, Roma Downey spoke so kindly of her #goodroom quote, she received the most gorgeous Laurie Felt – Los Angeles clothes to model, and she has met the most uplifting and supportive online group of women. She is so honored to be part of the Heartfelt community, and grateful that it fell into her world at the perfect time. It has eased her loneliness (as being a full-time caregiver can be isolating), and she feels so blessed to be surrounded by such positive connections and encouragement …

In Emily’s words, “it is MIND BLOWING.”

WHAT SHE LOVES

Emily’s newest love is Poured Painting!
But, she also loves cooking, exploring new places and her furry friends!

Her friends and family would describe her as

STRONG.

Emily’s motto:

“As is the gardener, such is the garden.”

What color best describes you and why?

I love soft blush tones. They are feminine, a bit romantic, and celebrate womanhood!

Do you remember your very first pair of denim?

As a teen, I lived in Southern California. My best friend lived near Hermosa Beach, and we would scour the shops for vintage pieces. We found a pair of all-denim, patchwork, extreme bell bottoms. They fit like a glove, and I wore them to death!

What is everyday glamour to you?

Feeling fabulous in absolutely everything that you wear…

Her Style

Emily’s style is comfy chic!

“My idea of everyday glamour is feeling fabulous in everything that you wear!”