For this edition of Day in the Life, The Style Sheet spends the day with the inspiring Emily Lola Tan. Emily is a Malaysian, Hong Kong-based fitness coach and fitness performer, and cancer survivor. Following the self-reflection of her experience of being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Emily has gone on to add sexual and mental health advocate and podcaster to her list of achievements — dispelling taboos and guiding others through a journey to becoming better attuned to their own bodies and minds through her raw podcast Tackling Minds.
Here the impressive multi-hyphenate takes us through a day filled with fitness, learning, creativity and self-expression.
‘Mornings are my favourite part of the day — especially when it’s an early morning with no appointments or commitments. It gives me time to cook a steak for breakfast, make a decaf cappuccino at home, walk along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and take the ferry to Hong Kong Island. The walk is my podcast time — I’ve been consuming podcasts since their early days, and I find it kickstarts my brain into learning mode in the mornings. Recently, at this time of day, my interests are neuroscience and finance. The ferry ride helps me start the day with an intention — most of the time, I want to slow my nervous system down, listen more and remember to be fully present while interacting with another person who gifts me their time.’
Podcaster and fitness guru Emily Tan takes a mindful walk to the Star Ferry via the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade each morning
‘This is my most creative part of the day, so I optimise that with multimedia creation like video editing, creative writing, social media work, and brainstorming marketing and podcasting ideas, which are some of my part-time work. This is also the time of day when I teach a fitness class or dance using a pole as my apparatus, channelling creativity physically.’