We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Silva Hockstra and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risks are opportunities for growth and insight. There have been many times when I wasn’t sure how things would pan out, but decided to try anyway. Not every launch will be successful. The risk in trying is that you may get rejected. When this happens, I ask myself “What is the lesson here?” and ” How can I grow from this?” When we view “failure” as a catalyst for growth, amazing things can happen. Without risk, my life would be less adventurous. I’ve quit jobs, traveled without plans and started a business…all included some element of risk. I named my company Soul’s Adventures because I believe our soul’s nudge us to take these leaps, even when we aren’t sure where they will lead. When we ignore these soulful nudges, they usually persist. When we heed to their call, it’s amazing what transpires.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most proud of becoming a published author; it is a dream come true. Ever since I was 9 years old, I wanted to become an author. I would dream of seeing my books in bookstores and in libraries. So, when a publisher contacted me, I cried tears of joy. The journey to getting published was not easy. After I quit my job, I bought a one-way plane ticket to Bali to figure out my next steps and write a book. I returned home 6 weeks later and spent the next several months writing. I even hired a coach to help keep me accountable. The next step was to try to find an agent and I sent out query letters to several possible literary agency only to get rejection after rejection. It was pretty devastating. I stopped trying to push the book into being and started focusing on building my business instead. Within 3 weeks of that decision, a publisher reached out to me after finding me on Instagram asking if I would be interested in writing a book! I was shocked and gladly accepted the offer. One of the biggest lessons this taught me is that sometimes we can have the best intentions and work really hard and still receive “no” as an answer. However, if we let go of tightly held expectations, the right path can be revealed to us. When I stopped trying to force things to happen, I made room for what was meant to be. Letting go and trusting the journey while still putting in quality work is a key to my success. My clients will say that I am a mix of spiritual and practical. I believe that we need to make practical goals and steps towards our dreams but also leave room for the universe to work things out!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love San Diego for it’s beautiful scenery and good food. So, a sample itinerary would look a like this: Saturday: Walk Mission Bay to the ocean. Stop at Woody’s for coffee and breakfast…the best people watching and view! Spend the day in the sun on the beach or at Balboa Park. Grab dinner in La Jolla at Catania or at the Red Door in Mission Hills. Sunday: Coffee and breakfast at Java Earth in PB or Communal coffee in North Park before we head out for a hike. Then, hiking at one of my favorite spots: Penasquitos Canyon, Vulcan Mountain, Torrey Pines with a deli sandwich from Chris’ Liquor in OB, Ramona Family Naturals or Board & Brew. End with dinner at Liberty Station where we would grab food and a glass of wine at the market and sit out by the fire pit! Some other faves: Trident Coffee in Imperial Beach (they have quite a selection) June Shine Tap Room, Little Italy Mercado, Humphrey’s Concerts on the Bay, JRDN and Sunset Cliffs.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give credit to my amazing friends, Katy and Samantha, who have supported me along the way. They have watched me go from my corporate life to creating a business. Without their love and encouragement, I probably would have played smaller and perhaps given up on this journey a long time ago!

Website: http://soulsadventures.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soulsadventures
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilysilvahockstra
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkwkTJCC0c4YVuwCi8mf0Hg

Image Credits
Kim Belverud Photography Meg Marie Photos

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