“As a mother of four children with additional needs, I am not in the season of flow at the moment. But it will come. Breathwork, meditation and raising my vibration with movement, song and/or time in nature all help me to have flow now in the time I do have,” says photographer, author and speaker Emily Quinton…
Emily Quinton is a photographer, and creates courses, workshops and online content for all women who feel they need a little dose of magic and joy. She also writes books, does public speaking and is studying for a psychology degree.
Were you raised in a spiritual home?
I would say yes and no. I went to church with my parents as a child but we stopped going when I was about seven or eight because organised religion wasn’t for them anymore. But my mum has definitely always been spiritual.
What does spirituality mean to you?
Everything! It means love, trust, surrender, support, purpose, guidance, connection and living a heart centred life. It means coming back to love over and over and over.
Tell us about the work that you do…
I’m at the beginning of the work I am really here to do and it feels amazing and so exciting. I am a mother of four neurodivergent children and a wife to a neurodivergent man. Autism and ADHD. We are just over three years into knowing this for sure, although obviously we were living it all along.
My work here is to not only support my family but to support mothers and wives/partners of neurodivergent people. So I am currently doing a second degree in Psychology and longterm, I want to root and ground my work in both science and spirituality.
I’m also writing a book and exploring the best ways for me to support women in similar positions to me.
I’m passionate about creativity and rituals as ways to ground yourself and enable you to thrive as a mother.
Although I’m definitely here to work in the world of neurodiverse families, I’m also currently providing courses, workshops and online content for all women who feel they need a little dose of magic and joy.
How did you get into this line of work?
A long winding path including an unfinished PhD in the legal geographies of plant hunting, a photographer, running Makelight, where I started teaching small business owners to take photographs for their social media and websites and ended up running an online creative learning community for women all over the world.
And then a pause when my children needed me to be around more and I felt the need to slow down and listen for my next step, my purpose and where all that I have done so far has led me to and prepared me for. So, a winding path but everything has been valuable along the way. To me it all feels like it’s been leading me here.
Do you incorporate any spiritual practices into your workday?
Yes, I begin every day with meditation, oracle cards and weekly, monthly, and seasonal rituals. This all helps me to be really intentional and aligned. My best work is done when I prepare my space before each task and use meditation and often my pendulum to ground and centre myself.
What’s the greatest challenge you face, running your own business?
Time and enough headspace. I achieve a lot in small chunks of time but I know that in a different season of my life I will really appreciate having long chunks of time to be in flow.
As a mother of four children (and with the additional needs thrown in) I am not in this season of flow at the moment. But it will come. And breathwork, meditation and raising my vibration with movement, song and/or time in nature all help me to have flow now in the time I do have. I feel like I am preparing for incredible flow in my 50s!
What has been your greatest success so far?
Oh so many things in different ways. Being a mother to four wonderful children, publishing my first book, getting through the first two years of a part-time Psychology degree, trusting my intuition and moving to Somerset.
What’s the dream?
I feel like I’m on the path towards my dream every day. The dream is to publish the books that are in my head and in notebooks, to speak to the women who need to hear from me and to have the most magical, restful healing space for mothers of neurodivergent children and wives/partners of neurodivergent adults to come and spend time alone or together with others who really understand them.
And perhaps my biggest dream is to live in joy and alignment, always.
Do you have a spiritual toolkit?
I always have a crystal or two in my pocket or bag. If I am travelling I like to take oracle cards. And I don’t go far without my pendulum.
Do you have three book recommendations that will help people to find more joy and meaning in their lives?
Oh so many! But here are three…
Playing Big by Tara Mohr
Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee
Letters to a Starseed by Rebecca Campbell