#25 | Emily Peterson | Anger & Desire As A Force For Good | Just Be You Podcast with Amber Hawken

Anger is an emotion that often points to another emotion

Emily Ann Peterson is a singer-songwriter, creative consultant, and author of Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. In 2013, Emily was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological hand tremor, which forever altered her two-decade livelihood as a cellist/cello teacher. Refusing to lose her life’s love of expression, she knew she’d have to be brave, and man, is she that! In an act of neurological defiance, she expanded into wider mediums and broke through her creative glass ceiling, opening the door to limitless possibilities.

I just had to have this woman back on the show (check out this throwback episode with her a year ago) because we always go deeeep in to our personal stories of navigating life’s curveballs with humour and honesty.. the only way you get it here with me!


Emily offers so much transparency and I adore the work she is bringing to the world. In this conversation, we cover this and more:

  • How to be brave
  • A new way to look at ‘readiness’ in terms of launching a creative project
  • Her most powerful method of self healing
  • Unpacking what we can do with our anger
  • The ingredients of bravery
  • What to do when we’re faced with the feeling of “this is the end of the world”
  • How to identify emotions in your body
  • Why it’s important to inspire the emotions we desire to feel
  • What advice she would give to her 15 year old self
  • How we express our truth through mediums other than our voice


If you don’t understand your desires, you’re screwing yourself over

Emily oozes a humble warmth AND a powerful fierceness that fuels her drive to be a catalyst for bravery. I’ve loved this conversation because we don’t cover what’s IN her book but the brilliance of the behind-the-scenes of what needed to happen for her book to come together. If you need more Emily Peterson in your life, find her here: