Introduce yourself! Who are you?
That’s a great question and I am still trying to figure it out, but my name is Emma Hyslop, I was born and raised on the east coast of Canada. I am the writer and creator of the wellness/food blog The Nakd Kitchen which I started in my senior year of high school as a creative outlet and to help heal my negative energy around food. I am a full-time business student but on the side I love writing for my blog, cooking up a good dish in the kitchen, working out (running and a good spin class are my favourites!), and loving my animals (I have 7!).
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Growing up and still to this day my mom has been a huge inspiration for me, she always told me that I am the one who is complete control of what I want to accomplish and not to let others discourage myself from achieving my aspirations which is advice that has always stuck when faced with doubt.
What’s one thing every woman should hear?
You are worth it, strong, beautiful, and capable of everything and anything. Ignore the naysayers. Spread love and support to other women because all we have is each other.
What do you love most about yourself?
I am a giver, I love to give to others in whichever way I can whether it’s helping a friend by offering advice, baking goods for friends and family, or helping those in need on the streets. I often put others needs above my own.
What motivates you the most?
I know that at the end of the day I am the one who is ultimately responsible for my successes and failures in this world, and in knowing such I am motivated by the fact that I need to work consistently at my endeavours in order to achieve any and all opportunities.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I always try to journal in the morning and the evenings, in the morning I like to write something I am grateful for and what would make the day great then following up in the evenings to reflect. Journaling helps me gather my thoughts and look back at my personal growth.
What is something on your bucket list?
I really would love to live in Southern California for a chapter of my life. The culture, food, and people are amazing; I truly feel at home in California!
What are your biggest passions?
I am super passionate about health, wellness, and doing good for others. I would love to pursue a career in wellness to help inspire other women to care for their mind, body, and soul's which would tie all of passions together in one for a dream job!
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I am incredibly introverted, in high school I barely raised my hand in class, never went out to parties, and was (and still am) a stay at home on a Friday night a cook/bake kind of a girl. Often when I do stories on my Instagram I hate watching them after so I try to pretend like I am facetiming my family.
Where do you find inspiration?
Those who I surround myself with are my sources of inspiration. My mom is a huge inspiration to me. She raised both my sister and I on her own while working on a Masters program, starting up a business, and all while still caring for other members of our family. My mom inspires me to work hard while keeping the ideal that kindness can move mountains in the forefront of my mind. Other influential women like my sister and grandmother inspire me to put others needs above my own. Women in the wellness community who inspire other women to live their best lives inspire myself to do the same. Inspiration is all around me, whether online or off and I am constantly absorbing the creative and differing energy from all.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
My academic abilities were incredibly doubted when I was in elementary school. Many of my teachers doubted my ability to do math and English which really damaged my confidence in school even up until high school. Eventually something clicked and I realized that I could do the courses that once seemed difficult due to my lack of confidence which I later graduated with honours. The naysayers motivate me to prove them wrong and go above and beyond my presumed abilities.
What is your favorite meal?
During the summer months definitely a big salad both with healthy fats like avocado, protein, and grains. In the winter I love warm and grounding foods like dahl or chilli.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Oh gosh 16 year old me, I would say ignore what other people are doing and stop being so caught up in what others think of you; people will have their opinions no matter if you do the right or the wrong thing. Be authentic and embrace your uniqueness, don’t shut yourself down to conform and please others because happiness and authenticity is more important than fitting in.