Hi! My name is Emily Ann Peterson.
I'm a songwriter, creative consultant, and bestselling author of the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous.
~5 years ago I received a terrifying diagnosis - an essential tremor in my right hand. The disease is degenerative, hereditary, neurological and it threatened my existence as a functioning human being. For a full-time cello player & teacher (who did marketing consulting occasionally) this felt like a death sentence.
Be real: Who's heard of a one-handed cellist who wasn't a member of the freak show symphony?!
In a very scary way, I became my own freak show symphony. My diagnosis threatened my profitability as business owner. My livelihood, my ability to pay bills, and especially my identity as a productive member of society - all of it depended on the stability of my right hand.
There was a tragic amount of grieving, struggle, and failure after my diagnosis.
I learned the hard way that a lifestyle and a business should work for me, not against me. I found a new and better (not even kidding! yes, better!!!) definition of productivity. I also found a new level profitability. I did it all in the midst of grief, depression, and epic amounts of transition.
Then last year, after a LOT of unnecessary exhaustion and napping, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism too. Rather than shake my fist at the sky, I perfected some snazzy tricks. I used my new unique constraints to build a lifestyle and a business that works for me, not against me.
Fortunately, you don't have to learn the hard way. Your constraints can help you create a better life.
Today I work with:
- business owners
who have internal constraints, like:
- life-altering chronic illnesses (ex: hypothyroidism or tremors)
- mental health factors (ex: depression or anxiety)
- mindset challenges (ex: imposter's syndrome)
and/or external constraints, like:
- abnormal markets
- industry changes
- lifestyle challenges (ex: full-time travel or divorce)
- a brand new product/child/job
Sometimes our work together looks like:
- marketing consulting
- business strategy
- lifestyle coaching
If you're reading this, your life and business as you knew it has changed or is changing drastically. You are NOT a victim of these challenges. In the midst of all these limitations, it IS possible to create a new and better paradigm of living and doing business.
Want a Pro-Bono Private Session with me?
For a limited time, I'm offering 10 pro-bono, private sessions to explore the creation of a new workshop for business owners with life-altering chronic illnesses. (i.e. migraines, tremors, lyme disease, hypothyroidism, anxiety, depression, etc.)
These pro-bono sessions look like either:
- website audit: learn the simple switches and edits to increase sales and conversions
- lifestyle audit: identify the hidden points of friction contributing to your exhaustion
- bravery audit: determine which ingredient of your bravery is missing
To see if you qualify, please fill out the form below.