“Bring it back to authenticity” With Ming Zhao & Emma Nacewicz

I’m bringing it back to authenticity. People today want to see that you are just like them and that there is nothing magical about you. Being open, vulnerable and passionate about my work and my life helps bring me closer to my community. I had the pleasure to interview Emma Nacewicz. Emma is a 30-year-old […]

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I’m bringing it back to authenticity. People today want to see that you are just like them and that there is nothing magical about you. Being open, vulnerable and passionate about my work and my life helps bring me closer to my community.

I had the pleasure to interview Emma Nacewicz. Emma is a 30-year-old Long Island influencer who is passionate about nutrition, margaritas and body acceptance. By trade, she is a nutritionist who helps women break free from the harsh cycle of dieting by using a non-diet, intuitive eating approach. But by heart, she is a body-positive activist and serves the world by encouraging and teaching women how to love the skin that they’re in. She has beautifully mixed her passion and her studies and created her brand, Nutritional Blonde, which consists of her blog, speaking engagements, group coaching, and social media community.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

For me, this career path didn’t happen on accident. I always wanted to help people most specifically women, but at first, I wasn’t sure exactly how. I started sharing my self-love and body acceptance journey and it got a ton of positive feedback and messages from women who felt they needed help in this area in their lives. I started being more intentional with my posts and shared tips, stories, and motivations to help them. This beautifully blossomed into my passion to help women learn to love their bodies, at all stages of their lives

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

Iwouldn’t and couldn’t be where I am today without my husband. We laugh because he has morphed into the typical “Instagram husband” He supports me with whatever crazy idea I have and has even learned how to use our DSLR camera so he can help me with content shoots. He quietly sits in our bedroom when I’m coaching, recording or filming a video and helps me with giving his honest (sometimes too honest) feedback. His undevoted support means the world to me even if he doesn’t understand the influencer and social media world

Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?

Iwouldn’t say that this is humorous, but the biggest lesson I learned is no one is perfect. Everyone posts their highlight reel. But we all screw up, we all wear out shirt inside out, we all have spilled coffee on our white pants, and we all get poppy seeds stuck in our teeth. If you wait until the timing and everything is perfect, you’ll be waiting forever.

As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?

Just be yourself and don’t follow the crowd. Do what feels right for who you are, don’t try to be like everyone else. Authenticity is key. Blogging and influencing isn’t an easy job. Frankly, it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had, but don’t let that stop you. If you genuinely enjoy it and it’s something that fills up your cup, then do it! There is enough room for all of us. Keep in mind that usually, your biggest trials come right before your biggest breakthroughs so keep pushing on.

Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

I’m bringing it back to authenticity. People today want to see that you are just like them and that there is nothing magical about you. Being open, vulnerable and passionate about my work and my life helps bring me closer to my community. Also, engaging back! I comment back to every single person who takes time out of their day to comment on my post. I check my direct messages multiple times a day and make sure to always answer those as well. It’s all about being a close-knit tribe.

You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)

Mytop way to say “I love you” to my body is to sweat at Soulcycle. Something about the darkroom, pumping music and fun atmosphere makes working out enjoyable. After a good sweat sesh, I always feel a surge of energy and a boost in my overall mood. Another thing I love to do for my body is the exact opposite, which is rest. If I am feeling run down or tired, I honor how my body is feeling. Most people don’t realize how vital resting is for your body. It helps your body restore itself and can even help boosts your immune system

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Iam a closet introvert. I thrive during my alone time. So, for me, I love to run errands alone. Wither it is getting my nails done, running to target or the supermarket, something about doing things alone helps me get my mind right. A lot of the time I just need quiet to work through my thoughts. Also, I love an at-home spa night. They usually consist of a long hot shower, hair mask, exfoliation, face mask, and all the night time skin serums.

Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

When I take care of myself, I always feel more confident. You don’t need to spend a lot of money doing it either. Go to your local drug store and grab yourself a face mask! Taking 20 minutes out of your day for yourself will help you feel more relaxed and confident. Also, shake up your feed! I fill my social media feeds with women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds. You will soon realize that beauty comes in many forms and that we are all beautiful. I find this helps keep the positive energy flowing throughout the day. Another thing is donating your old clothes and getting a few new ones! Clothing is a way for us to express ourselves and who doesn’t feel beautiful and confident in a new outfit? One tip is to try something out of your usual style, you’ll never know, it might be a perfect fit!

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

The book “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about You Weight” by Lindo Bacon was a big eye-opener for me. As a nutritionist and body positive activist, this book helped me solidify that society rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible thin ideal and that health truly comes at every size. Also, I loved listening to the audiobook “Shefactor: Present Power Future Fierce” by Heidi Ganahl. It’s an amazing self-help book that tells you it’s okay to not have your life together and things don’t always go according to plan. It helps you determine your own unique goals and to enjoy the journey in achieving them.

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

Tobe able to teach the next generation of girls that beauty comes in so many different forms and that their bodies do not define their worth. With the explosion of social media, it’s so hard for girls to see beauty beyond the Victoria Secret models. But together, as a community, we can use our voices to change that narrative

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂

Hands down, Hunter Mcgrady. She is a powerhouse babe who inspires me and so many women out there to embrace their curves. She’s my idol.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

Instagram- @nutritionalblonde

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