Creative • Musical • Resilient
In her mid-20’s, Emily Ann Peterson, a professional cellist, learned she had an essential tremor in her right hand. A degenerative neurological hand tremor to be exact.
“This isn’t going to go away, is it?” She asked her doctor and the answer was “no.”
The tremor threatened her career and her deepest passion. Emily Ann thought of herself first and foremost as a cellist but she instantly knew the importance of finding ways to say “yes” to living a creative life — even if that meant she needed to design completely new ways to achieve this goal.
Emily Ann’s story proves that when one door closes, you can find a window but you must never give up on your dreams. After her diagnosis, she took the practical approach to learning how to “be brave” and began to research it! In the episode, she shares her wisdom on bravery, not only from her own personal journey through grief and into new creative outlets as a singer-songwriter but also from the research she put into her book, “Bare Naked Bravery.”
Emily Ann also hosts the Bare Naked Bravery podcast and serves as a creative consultant, helping her clients be their best and bravest selves. She has also released two albums of “Cello Yoga” — instrumental cello music composed to accompany a yoga session.
Emily writes for people who struggle to remember what hope feels like and sings to those who yearn for something secret. She speaks to those who are done being bored and crave all things beautiful, strong, sacred, and sensual. Her goal is to inspire a global resonance and magnanimous community through the marriage of art and whole-person development. She is an impassioned speaker and educator and an inspiration beyond measure. Learn more about Emily Ann on her website and connect with her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
- There is more than one way to follow your passion
- Focus on what you can do, rather than what you can’t
- Even bravery can be studied, learned and mastered
Emily Ann believes that if we can educate girls, especially girls in under-developed countries, everything will change for the better (and I couldn’t agree more!). As such, she supports Speak Up For The Poor, a charitable organization that supports education for girls in rural Bangladesh.