You’ve found the right person.
Like you, I’m a caring, committed, service-centered professional. Since 2012, I’ve been a creative solopreneur, dedicated to business as unusual. My focus is on taking service-centered professionals from burning out to fired up! I get how overwhelm and burnout happen, because I’ve lived it. There’s so much to do and it’s all so important. But somehow you get overshadowed by everyone else’s urgent needs and demands. For years it’s been okay, and in fact in some ways you thrived on feeling constantly needed, always in demand. At first your passion carried you forward, but now, all the stress is starting to affect you.
Are you noticing that
You don’t have as much energy or enthusiasm as you used to?
Instead of springing out of bed, excited at what the day will bring, you’re having trouble motivating yourself to go to work?
Your body is sending you signals that something’s not working, possibly pain, illness, insomnia, fatigue?
You’re noticing you never have time to stop doing, and to just be?
You’re yearning to reconnect with what matters most in life?
It happens, and it doesn’t mean that you’re somehow not good enough. It means it’s time to direct some of your compassion, caring and commitment to someone who matters a lot — you.
I’m here to help you do that. I use my innovative, creative and thoughtful approaches to help you uncover your strengths, make critical decisions and find your direction. Working with me, you can expect to find clarity of purpose and support in pursuing what matters most to you. I create a safe space where we can discuss what’s really on your mind.
My promise to you:
I will never make overblown claims, or offer to help in areas outside my skill set or expertise.
I will listen openly, attentively and with great respect.
I will share my sense of humor freely.
I will help you examine all sides of any questions or dilemmas you face.
I will be your thought partner, brainstorming collaborator, creative-thinking encourager, and a witness, reflecting back to you your capacities, your progress and your gains so that you can recognize and be strengthened by them.
I will guide you in processes that allow you to feel greater confidence in making difficult decisions and choices.
I will bring fun, creativity, and forward-thinking approaches into our work. This will be the kind of work that you enjoy doing!
As we work together, you’ll find yourself moving from overwhelm to in control; from uncertainty to clarity; from undecided to focused.
I’m a highly trained and credentialed coach and counselor with 30+ years in nonprofit direct service and leadership roles. I get what it’s like to be passionate about serving others and building a better world. And I know what it’s like when stress causes that passion to dwindle until you’re left wondering where your mojo went. I’m a solopreneur so I get how solo business owners wear all the hats, try to do it all and exhaust ourselves in the process.
In my late twenties I had two young sons, a husband, and a demanding career to which I was passionately dedicated. I had family and friends for whom I cared deeply and devoted myself to. After divorcing in my mid-thirties I went into overdrive. I was keeping the three of us afloat and pursuing my passion to build a better world. Even with the terrific support of family and friends, I was always on the go, always busy, always responsible and often stressing and worrying. Another decade later I was still in overdrive, holding down an increasingly responsible leadership role at work, launching my now young adult sons into the world, studying in a doctoral program, commuting at least 3 hours a day and traveling often for work, when…life happened.
My father died unexpectedly. Six months later my stepmother was seriously injured in a car accident. That was it. That was more than I could handle. My chronically aching back went from a nuisance to an acute and agonizingly painful problem. The pain forced me to slow down, drop some activities and focus time, attention and money on getting better. I realized I had to do this if I wanted to go on taking care of everything and everyone else in my life. This sudden understanding made a radical difference in my outlook and led me to make important and lasting life changes. I’m here to share what I learned with you.
Like me, you may be an over-giving, constantly doing, service-centered professional who makes time for everything and everyone else. Everything and everyone but yourself. You can sustain that for a while, maybe even for a decade or two, but eventually something gives. Maybe you start burning out. Perhaps you end up suffering distressing emotional or physical symptoms. You ignore it for a while (like I did) until it gets really bad (like it did for me – I recovered and I share with clients the important learnings from that experience). It doesn’t have to be that way. Let me help you reconnect to what matters most: caring relationships, core purpose and clear vision.
“Matching your passion with what you do as an entrepreneur can have its challenges. I knew what my passion was and what skills I possessed to create my own business, but I was still testing and wondering how to put my ideas into action. With Nancy’s coaching and the VisualsSpeak Image Center I was able to have my “aha” moment! Nancy gave me specific feedback that helped me to clarify my thoughts, ideas and questions.
Using the VisualsSpeak Image Center brought a very clear definition of the path that I could pursue with my passion in the forefront. Not only were the images helpful, but the journaling I did, with the guidance Nancy provided, helped me see exactly what I could do.
Thanks to both Nancy and the VisualsSpeak Image Center, I now have a clear idea of where I’m going and how to get there!”