The Awesome Human Project

Break Free from Daily Burnout, Struggle Less, and Thrive More in Work and Life!

Being human is HARD!

Life is full of endless challenges, the pressure to get it all done is endless, and your brain constantly tells you how you’re not good enough, not this enough…

But it doesn’t have to be this way!

I wrote this book to fuel you with endless energy and super practical skills to shift from struggling to thriving so you can embrace your Awesome Human!

Challenge is constant. Struggle is optional!

This book will help you strengthen your emotional fitness skills so you can struggle less even when life is challenging, have a more supportive relationship with yourself, and live with more joy, meaning, and positive impact!

The Awesome Human Project is a book that you DO, not just read. It includes:

  • My proven science-backed 5-week program to boost your emotional fitness
  • Bite-sized neuroscience lessons so you can learn to be the boss of your brain
  • What awesome leaders do differently and why it matters
  • Ways to get rid of guilt around self-care for good
  • An “SOS” section to help you get out of the Valley of Struggle
  • My wildly popular “Notes to Self” with inspiration to support your progress
  • Talk Back to Your Brain scripts to quiet (ok, shut up!) your inner critic and doubter

“… a gusto-filled guide … and cheery but down-to-earth approach to emotional wellness.”

Pre-order today and get

an AWESOME gift!

Your gift: Notes to Self

Your very own pack of my never-before-published Notes to Self to inspire you to embrace your Awesome Human!

My book is filled with Notes to Self like this and I want you to have your very own pack of these gorgeous notecards you can put in your journal, tape to your bathroom mirror, or pin on your inspiration board.


Here's how to get your awesome gift:


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Once you fill out the form, you’ll get an email confirmation with all the details and then all you gotta do is wait for my not-sold-anywhere inspiring, fueling and wise Notes to Self to land in your mailbox!

We can only send Notes to Self within the U.S. at the moment, but if you live outside the US, please send an email to and we will send you the digital Notes to Self that you can use as screen savers or print out to put where they can inspire you!

The Awesome Human Project abounds with simple, practical tools to build emotional fitness, learn to embrace ourselves (and our awesomeness) wholeheartedly, and to leave the “shoulds” behind so we can joyously revel in the “coulds.”

- Melissa Bernstein, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Melissa & Doug

What a gift to humanity! I can't stop reading it.

- Bonnie Kintzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trusted Media Brands

An inspiring blueprint sharing Nataly’s compelling personal journey and tactical ways to redirect your mind towards meaning, purpose and fulfillment.

- Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder The Webby Awards & Bestselling Author of 24/6: Giving Up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity and Connection

Just like practice in sports, The Awesome Human Project is hard work but rewarding. Nataly is there like an awesome coach, dusting us off when we stumble, giving us encouragement and motivation, and supporting us on our next attempt.

- Jonathan Becher, President, San Jose Sharks

The Awesome Human Project is a generous and practical guide to letting go of struggle and being your best self — from someone who truly understands what it means to build a happy life from the ground up.

- Ingrid Fetell Lee, Author of Joyful and Founder of The Aesthetics of Joy

We’ve somehow been convinced that a life of busyness and struggle is the only way to live. Through self-care and self-compassion, The Awesome Human Project shows us another way is possible.

- Jen Fisher, co-author of Work Better Together

Part self-help, part science, and part workbook, The Awesome Human Project offers the perfect combination of tools to help any busy professional step away from the overwhelm of everyday life and chart their way out of the chaos.

- Stacey Hoin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Guardian Insurance

This book is for you if you want to…

… quiet your loud inner critic and perfectionist

… bust through guilt around self-care

… learn how to rest (yes, it is a skill!)

… become a better leader (at work and outside of work)

… feel more joy (it’s your life fuel!)

I illustrated the book myself... here's a peak!

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Nataly is a one-woman dream team of empathetic friend, wise mentor, and ebullient cheerleader and she teaches us to acknowledge our struggle, while we also joyously celebrate our wins and delight in every step of growth on our journey.

- Melissa Bernstein, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Melissa & Doug

We are in the middle of a human revolution. There has been a much-needed shift, particularly in the workplace, toward embracing the importance of being fully human and taking care of one’s mental health and well-being. Nataly digs deep in her personal story and collection of wide-ranging research to provide a blueprint on how to train your mind and be the best version of yourself. Human connection, kindness, and gratitude are not just nice-to-haves. They are fundamentally important on the path toward greater meaning, purpose, happiness, and a better you.

- Eric Mosley, CEO of Workhuman

Each time I read Nataly’s work or hear her speak, I am reminded of the power of mindset. The Awesome Human Project is no exception. Readers will find themselves both championed and challenged by the author, who calls us to examine and retrain our thinking. Grounded in real experiences and key neuroscientific insights, it is a pragmatic and thought-provoking guide to achieve what most find illusive – greater joy.

- Noelle Eder, Global Chief Information Officer, Cigna

“’You can’t give what you don’t have’ has become my new mantra thanks to Nataly Kogan. It has never been more important for us as leaders to model self-care. But few of us – me included -- have much practice in actually doing it. That’s where this book comes in, distilling Nataly’s engaging and effective teaching so that we can build happier, more sustainable lives. If you’ve gritted your teeth through the past year and wondered how long your stamina can hold out, please read this book!”

- Peggy Northrop, CEO, Watermark

Is it possible to recommend a book to all humans? Because if so, I would absolutely recommend The Awesome Human Project to any human who interacts with other humans and the world around them. The lessons and practices in The Awesome Human Project will help me on my journey to becoming a better leader, colleague, professional, wife, mother, sister, friend and person. I suspect the pages will be highlighted and dogeared for years to come!

- Kerri Palamara McGrath, M.D., Primary care physician and Director of The Center for Physician Well-being at Massachusetts General Hospital