Alpha Female Friday – Emily Pereira

Every Friday I am going to feature a woman that I adore. They exude all the qualities of an Alpha Female and I want to dig into their lives to get some nuggets of knowledge to help us all live happier, healthier lives balancing life & work. For other episodes go here!

Definition of an Alpha Female

An Alpha Female is a powerful and assertive woman. Her confidence is due to being an intelligent and intellectual problem-solver. Being an Alpha Female is a State of Mind based on choosing ambition and being proud of it. She strives for a happy and healthy work/life harmony.

She is the brightest star in her constellation.  When an Alpha Female stays true to their authentic selves and their missions they shine.  An Alpha Female puts herself first because she deserves self-care and love. She knows that work/life harmony is found by staying true to your priorities and what makes you happy. She is never complacent about striving for better and nurtures relationships with all the people in her life.

Meet Emily Pereira!

Emily Pereira had a life that looked really good… on paper (this was before Instagram was a thing!) Continually ranked #1 at a top Fortune 100 company, living on the beach with her Myspace founder boyfriend, with a closet full of designer clothes she wore to endless parties events and vacations, she admits it still sounds good. But caught in an endless cycle of never enough, she was anything but genuinely happy. Just when she thought she’d be getting the ring, she found out her man was cheating on her and her whole life crumbled before her. Down to 93 pounds, needing pills to sleep and on the cliff’s edge of depression, a chance encounter with a powerful spiritual teacher with a knack for out-of-body adventures turned the breakdown into a spectacular breakthrough. And so began an unlikely journey to the far ends of the earth and deep within herself that showed her a unique way of being in the world that blows the roof off what we’ve been taught it means to be successful and happy.

More than a decade later, Emily now helps other women discover the magic of their radiant selves, so they too can magnetize soul-affirming love into their lives. An international retreat leader, certified yoga teacher, Gateless trained writing teacher, and life coach specializing in helping women discover their inner brightness, Emily shares the same radical insights she used to transform her despair into her dream life. She’s also the author of the forthcoming inspirational memoir, The Beginner. She lives in Santa Teresa, a dusty little surf town along Pacific side of Costa Rica with her beloved Frenchman, Manex and their baby, Saïa Moon, enjoying joy and vitality she honestly didn’t know existed before (especially not at 40!). Together, they are building a spiritual retreat + wellness center nestled deep in the jungle.

Favourite Quote: Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

What’s your definition of happiness? 

Happiness is feeling light, free and radiantly alive in my body. It’s clarity in my mind and hopefulness in my heart. It’s a laugh on my lips. It’s friendships that inspire and give me room to grow. It’s passion to make art and create new things. It’s riding glassy waves at dawn. It’s giggling with my little girl, sharing a flirty glance with my love, and a moment of stillness under the Guancaste tree. It’s kissing the far corners of the earth, gaining new insights and an unexpected connection with a stranger. It’s glass of fresh pineapple juice, rain on the tin roof, or an afternoon with a nothing to do but write. Happiness to me is finding extraordinary moments in the ordinary ones.

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