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Work and Play with Nancy Ray

Nov 5, 2019

 I am so excited to have Emily Ley on the Work and Play podcast today. She is one of the most authentic people I have ever met, I kid you not. She’s been a friend of mine for several years now. I've watched her grow as a mom, as a business owner, but she never loses that on authenticity. Every time I hang out with her, she makes me cry, and it's not in a bad way. It's because her heart for life, her heart for her people, it moves me. She really wants the right things in life. She's doing something really wonderful with her work and her play.

I think that what I love most about her is how much she values the little things, the moments in between, exercise, taking care of yourself, really finding that kind of balance between work and play and what that looks like. So you're in for a treat today. She's incredible. If you don't know her, she's the founder of Simplified, a brand of planners and organizational tools for busy women. She's been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour, Good Housekeeping. Her products are now in Target, which is cool, really cool. I kind of felt super special that my friend was in Target.

I was walking down the aisle at Target one day. I saw all of her planners there, and I was like, "Go Emily." I texted her a picture of myself next to him. As a friend, I'm so proud of her. I'm so proud of her because she's never compromised her faith in the Lord. She's never compromised what she believes in, which is her kids and her family about everything else, and she has such a way of teaching and sharing her heart that is just so inspiring. So you're in for a treat today. She's just such a joy. Oh, and she's the author of three books: Two books that are already out and one that's coming out, and we're going to talk about those in the episodes. So I'm really excited for you to listen into our conversation today.


Our guest today is Emily Ley:

Emily Ley is the founder of Simplified® - a brand of planners and organizational tools for busy women and has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour, and Good Housekeeping. She and her team recently collaborated with AT-A-GLANCE® to create gift and planning collections carried in Office Depot, Staples, and Target. Emily is the author of national bestselling books, Grace, Not perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy, A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living, and — coming Nov. 5 — When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple and Good. Now as an author, entrepreneur, wife and mother to three, Emily lives in Pensacola, Florida with her husband, Bryan, and their son Brady (8), and twins Tyler and Caroline (4).


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Resources from this episode:

The Work & Play Cornerstore

Emily Ley's website

Emily Ley on Instagram

Simplified on Instagram

When Less Becomes More, by Emily Ley

Listen to the first chapter of Emily’s new book for FREE!

Naptime Kitchen

Deep Work, by Cal Newport

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn

The Ember Mug