Emily Watson: Fertility Coach
MODERN GIRL SPOTLIGHT
Business Name/Brief Description:
Nestwell by Emily, a Fertility Wellness Coaching Biz. I help guide and support women and couples on their fertility journey, whether they are in the initial stages of planning to conceive, freezing their eggs, or undergoing fertility treatment. I caught the motherhood bug and love to support women who finally do get pregnant along that super exciting but confusing journey!
How do you usually start your mornings?
First it's a glass of water to wake me up and get the body working, and replenish all the water I lost while sleeping. I like to move in the mornings, whether it's a walk outside or an easy yoga flow, or sometimes even a little more energetic like a gym class.
Next it's breakfast. Lately, I've been whipping up a smoothie (berries + greens + healthy fats and sometimes a little cacao) and egg and avocado toast with Trader Joe's salsa and greens sautéed in local, grass-fed butter. I usually have a few pieces of dark chocolate here, too. Yes, I eat big breakfasts as they're the fuel for my most productive working time -- which is in the morning!
What get's you excited about the work that you do?
I love empowering women and holding space for them to tell their story — to talk through what they’re struggling with. I also love when I can give them that "aha" moment where it changes their mindset or helps them integrate a new, healthier habit into their everyday lives.
How would you describe your ideal client?
My ideal client is:
Ready to do a little work. The clients who put in effort outside of our sessions get the best results.
Open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. In fertility, a lot of the work is shifting the mindset and undoing negative talk. I need clients to be open to shedding those layers and get out of their comfort zone.
Honest with how she's feeling. To be most impactful, I need to know how my client is truly feeling and where she's stuck. if I don't know, if the client is always "fine" it's so hard to dig deep to help her feel better.
Proactive and interactive. The best clients are those that take advantage of their access to me. Who text me or email me as things come up rather than waiting until our next session to bring them up. I want to help them work through things as they come up and learn to develop solutions and get the support they need when they need it.
True to her goals. This sometimes takes a little work to uncover, and we may not uncover it until a few sessions in, but ultimately, I want my client to know what she wants to achieve to feel successful. This helps me know what we should prioritize in order to optimize our time together so she feels fulfilled and supported by the end of our time together.
What’s one piece of advice you teach consistently, that would help someone take action today?
The one piece of advice that I reach consistently is actually more of a question I ask. It's, "What's one thing you think you can do right now to move towards your goal?"
I like this question because it gives my clients a chance to reflect and empower them to take action. It also emphasizes ONE thing. My clients are often overwhelmed with so many pieces of their lives, especially if they are undergoing fertility treatment where there are lots of balls to juggle — emotionally, mentally, and physically.
Getting them to simplify it all and identify just ONE thing they can do makes the big ugly monster of life so much more manageable. And guess what? After they conquer that one thing, we add another thing to improve to the mix, creating a snowball effect.
Let's segue to girl talk... Where do you get most of your clothes?
I recently moved to a capsule wardrobe, so I'm not doing much shopping these days. But, a few years ago, I promised myself that I would really only try to buy things made sustainably and/or in the USA to limit my purchases and support the environment. Those clothes tend to be a little more expensive, which also means I buy fewer of them.
The exceptions are my workout gear, sundries, and socks, or if I buy something from consignment. I like Vert & Vogue (a boutique B-corp in North Carolina) and many of the brands they carry.
Can you describe what a night of self-care would look like for you?
Home-cooked meal in, short walk post-dinner, computer and phone off by 8pm, a little reading on the couch, some journaling, and then a long shower. I want to be tucked away into bed reading next to my husband and cats until I fall asleep.
Which girl boss are you currently inspired by?
You! Jess Baumgardener of Health Coach Philly. Jenna Kutcher of the Goal Digger Podcast. And really every woman making it all happen -- playing wife, mom, entrepreneur, daughter, friend. I find a little inspiration in all of them.
What’s one wellness trend that you have on your list to try?
Infrared sauna! I've wanted to do this all winter long, but with baby on board I can't.