you made it.
I’m Emily. My last name is Lasko. I’m a studio manager, fitness coach, wannabe chef, Spartan racer, CrossFitter, one-eyed cat owner, possible psychopath, former theater nerd (or theatre….nerds), book-loving gym rat and I’m here to share my thoughts, foods, workouts, and general rants with you.
About ten years ago I tried to convince my parents to let me move to California to be a performer.
Nice try, Em.
So then about seven years ago I graduated from college and moved to Columbus. Got myself a really solid internship, then “career”. And was doing everything by the book.
Until I found myself on the conveyor belt that is life and I freaked out a little. So I left it. Hopped off that belt and started doing everything.
I started pursuing any job and any role in any industry I was remotely interested in. I was (and am) intentionally, and selfishly, trying to put myself in roles and around people that I can learn from. And maybe want to do what they’re doing, or at least create my version of that. So I kept working.. everywhere. Doing everything. At the time (and quite frankly at most times in life, even now) what the hell did I have to lose?
Besides, ya know, my sanity. And that of my family’s.
It was a “classic Emily” move that became a “what the actual f*** is she doing”.
But guess what. Tomorrow came. And the next day. And the next. And slowly but surely pieces started to fall into place. Doors opened I didn’t know existed. What were hobbies at the time – fitness, health, cooking, coaching others – became actual real live job opportunities. Risky job opportunities, uncertain job opportunities. But each one has taught me about who I am and who I want to be, and more importantly, who I don’t want to be. I learn every day what I want to consistently keep doing in my life to create something big that could have a positive impact on other people.
Sounds all sorts of romantic, right? Taking the “plunge” and all. Yeah, no it was honestly pretty dumb. Like super dumb. Risky is an understatement when you’re too young to realize the longer term affects that risk could have on your life. But what saved me? The fire I knew I was lighting under my ass to make something of myself and prove myself and my family wrong. Work ethic. Long days. Knowing I could out-work anyone. Being willing to go back to square one, and not too proud to do so. That discipline, and insane naivete, saved me. Knowing that hard and long work has a time and place but smart work is what creates those long term goals.
I love it. I love the grind. I do not love getting comfortable. Allowing day to day life make me complacent. Even if I’m perfectly content – what decisions or actions have I made that have made me content? Am I too content? Have I lost my hustle? Where are those areas that I need to push myself and get uncomfortable again? Learning. Listening. Struggling. Thriving. Repeat.
This site is a mash up of those things I’ve been doing for the better part of three years. Those things that have broken me down and built me back up. For 29 years I’ve followed the mindset of “put your head down and work.” And “set a goal, stay quiet about it, achieve it, and move on to the next.”
Well. 29 years of staying quiet is cool and all and while I still have that same mindset, I’m ready to share. Because I’m forever learning and forever hungry for more. But if all of this work so far has helped me, then maybe it could help someone else.
Life is odd. And damn it, it’s hard. But every unexpected turn, day, person, and decision has shaped who I am and who I am still becoming. So here we are. I’m Emily to some, Coach Lasko to others. I cook, I coach, I manage a team. I run Spartan Races and dream of building an empire. I read. I write. And I can outwork anyone in the room. And I’m a constant work in progress.
As someone who has been saved in many ways by soaking up the lives and actions of others through podcasts, blogs, books, articles, and taking what I can and applying it to my own life, I’m ready to return the favor. My days are weird, my life is at an endless all out effort (literally), my workouts are brutal, my cat has one eye, and my diet is annoyingly clean. So whatever brought you here today, I thank you. And I hope you find what you’re looking for.