Today, we are doing something a little bit different— Emma is sharing her life map (the story of her life and the things that shaped who she is).
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Emma’s Life Map:
Kindergarten: this was her moment to be loud and entertain everyone around her, so didn’t do very well in school.
3rd grade: there was a play at church (and she got the lead role) but turned it down because she felt that she shouldn’t want too much attention.
5th grade: started going to a new school and was really nervous but made new friends, which boosted her confidence.
Middle school: started making handmade jewelry and accessories and sold them at festivals. This was her first glimpse at running a business.
High school: participated in student government and was editor of her high school newspaper during her senior year.
First job: Dollar Tree
Second job: Papa Murphy’s Pizza
Other jobs – wedding photography with Elsie, selling videos on eBay, and working for Elsie, doing her Etsy shop support and shipping.
College: attended Missouri State University during the day and took evening classes at OTC
After college – moved to Los Angeles for 3 years to pursue acting, and was an extra on Mad Men and a bunch of other shows. Her favorite job in LA was cleaning apartments and houses. This is also where she first started her food blog.
Moved home – She continued her food blog and helped Elsie with her business and moved in with her parents to save to buy a house.
Leave a comment if you are interested in hearing the rest of Emma’s life map about her career at a Beautiful Mess!
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Episode 123 Transcript
Will you share a picture from Mad Men? Which episode? So cool!
Please continue the story, I want the rest 👏👏👏
Just catching up and Yay A+ program!! Hah, is that a Missouri thing? It must be, I did it in high school, too!
Hi! I really want to hear more! I have been with you guys for a long (long time, Elsie’s scrapbooking blog) but I still want to hear you talk about it!
Definitely want to hear the rest of Emma’s story. I actually found you all through the podcast when John and Sherry of YHL recommended you all, so I don’t know about those early blog years.
I would love a part 2! I’m an advisor podcast listener but new to the blog. 😀
I would love to hear more! I’ve been a long time reader but hearing highlights from your point of view would be very interesting!
More, Emma, more! I relate to you in so many ways, and I’d love to hear more!!! Big fan here- long time reader and I’ve devoured every podcast episode…
Agree! I know its very personal to talk about their religious past but I relate soooo much and always want more
Unfortunately not all of us podcast lovers are longtime followers, but even so, I think we can all agree that we would love to hear the rest!! ☺️
Just coming here to say I also would love to hear more of Emma’s life map from the last 10 years or so!! Loved this episode so much!
Wow, Emma! You have always been such a boss! Would looooove to hear how you channeled that energy in your early career.
Yes! I want the rest of the story! You’re too humble, we love you.
Loved this episode! Always wondered what it was like for you in Cali : ) Also reaffirmed the idea in my head that we are so alike lol. I also cleaned houses in college and loved being alone all day haha. I’ve been following for so long but I still want to hear the rest! I love going back and hearing about the shop and the blog and remembering all that plus hearing behind the scenes is always so fun
YES! To part 2 of Emma’s lifemap! Your listeners adore you and you could never bore them!
Would love to hear more from your recent years. I am one of those people familiar with the Groundlings so thought that was very cool! I’d be interested in hearing more about that experience and maybe name dropping is lame, but if you went through the program or knew anyone that is now famous I would be intrigued haha.
Yes I’d love to hear “the rest of the story!”
We need Part II of Emma’s story! As a long time follower of ABM, I remembered Emma sharing her story of moving to LA in a blog post a few years ago. However, I enjoyed hearing the story again in podcast form waaaay more because you’re able to add so much more detail and tidbits that you might not have included in a blog post. So even though you feel it might be repetitive to tell the same story again, it would be really interesting to hear you talk about it in podcast form this time around!
I’m here for Emma round 2! Love hearing more personal glimpses and perspectives from you both!
I really enjoyed listening to this episode and hearing more about your life. I can relate a lot to some of the things you said about being a hard working and saving money. I just feel like a kindred spirit to you in a lot of ways and it was lovely to hear more about your life. Thanks for sharing!
As w long time vlog read, I would still love to hear the rest of the story! It’s fun to hear your perspective and get a little peak behind the curtain. Thanks for the fun episode!