Episode 012 - Emily

Ever wonder what life is like for a funeral director? Probably a lot like yours. This week, meet Emily. She shares part of her life with us as we consult the cards. There are TWO queens in Emily's reading and lots of symbolism. There's also an update from Emily at the end of the episode! And! After you listen, visit AmericanThanatologist.com to watch my TEDx talk "Lifted By Little Deaths." Thanks for listening, subscribing, rating and reviewing this podcast. Because of your engagement, we are able to reach more and more people each and every week.  


We used the Morgan Greer Tarot Deck.

  • Past: 9 of Swords
  • Present: Queen of Cups
  • Future: Queen of Swords
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I did a TEDx talk in 2015 and at the time, I don't think I really realized that it was a big deal, or an accomplishment to be proud of. I remember preparing to give my talk, I spent about two solid weeks working with various people to get my timing down and to tighten my words. I learned so much from the whole experience. 

On the podcast a few weeks ago, I mentioned........my book and that I really, really wanted to write one. I tried to practice what I preach and start to just talk about it as the 'first step.' Well, here we are and it's happening! It's too soon to share more details, but this TEDx talk was the seed for my book!

I'd love for you guys to watch it and let me know if you liked it! What parts stuck with you? And I'd love for you to share it with others. The book is happening, and I want to know what parts made the talk worth your while.


Hey Cole,

A few updates for you since we spoke about a month ago: Keto has been going well for me. I am learning my limits, and have really found so much success with the lifestyle, and have inspired several others who have now started their own keto journey.

I’ve also really been inspired by what we talked about during my reading. My personal life has changed pretty drastically. Quite drastically. Even in the span of one month. But I’m taking it all head on (brain-first) and working it all out before making any impulsive decisions. I’m setting up a plan and my goal is to have the fewest amount of negative ripple effects while still prioritizing myself and my goals/achievements. I have stumbled upon some red roses, and found myself being more mindful with them present. One in the form of funeral flowers for a gal who put her dreams and achievements first and made it her life’s work to have a positive impact on others. Another on the cover of a book I bought (not realizing it had red roses until after reading several chapters) about a gal who literally gets a new chance at life multiple times. I very much believe that things like this and déjà vu are moments for us to check in and see that we’re on the right path.

I’ve found my job to be the main regularity in my life, and have whole-heatedly began using my career goals to help me stay inspired. Two queens motivate me to stay at my best. 

I really used the tarot reading to help me hold myself accountable in not giving myself enough credit. I need to trust myself more and not be afraid of this amazing person I’ve become. I never expected to get here, I never imagined myself coming this far. But now I know I have farther to go and that I can handle it. It’s like I’ve been subconsciously reinventing myself, but haven’t embraced it. 

So, Thank You, Cole, for the help in calling myself out on my own bullshit, and helping me learn to exude the confidence of two queens.