Hey. My name is Emily. I come from small-town Iowa and now live in Des Moines. I spend a lot of time thinking, dreaming, creating. I am a social creature and I’m often puzzled or inspired by people. On the Enneagram test, I am a seven. An enthusiast. And that’s who I try to be everyday. The person who enthuses others and is a strong presence of joy.
When I’m not on here, I’m likely working my full-time job at Think Digital, a digital marketing agency that’s helping businesses meet their goals through digital strategy. On the side, I help run POP UP YOGA DSM, which launched after I spent a summer doing my 200 hours and falling in love with yoga. I wanted to bring yoga to fun places in Des Moines and make it accessible to more people. We’ve touched the lives of thousands in the last three years and cannot wait for more in 2018.
I also oversee FemCity Des Moines, which is an amazing way to meet positive women in our community who are business owners or entrepreneurially spirited. We absolutely love supporting one another. After a year of building the fastest growing chapter in the country, I’ve stepped into the role of FemCity Collective Director to help other cities find similar success! You can create your own collective by going here.
In my personal life, I’m doing anything and everything imaginable. I love trying new things and also repeating favorites (Horizon Line Coffee’s oat milk lattes, finding happy hours to post on Drinks in Des Moines, and calligraphy).
I am the founder of The Water Ride after a life-changing bicycle ride across America during the summer of 2012. We host an annual bike ride + reached year five in 2017, which has allowed us to build three wells, construct a school, and fund teachers. Come ride with us!
I like to help things get started. Projects, ideas, businesses, you name it. It’s one of my gifts to see the tactical pieces of an idea & the 30-foot view strategy needed and then grind it out.
I am married to a wonderful human (read about our wedding here) and we live on the top of Sherman Hill, an eclectic neighborhood just outside of downtown Des Moines. We run a blog called IOWANDERERS to share our travel journeys and other Iowan’s travel stories as well. Through this blog + our passion for adventure, we sell amazing National Parks Maps on Etsy and also launched Zach’s boutique travel business, Big Map Travel.
These are our children.