You’ve found the right person.
In 2012, after much thought and planning, the time had come to switch gears professionally. I left a well-established nonprofit career to become 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. For years that’s been okay, and in fact in some ways you’ve thrived on feeling constantly in demand.For years your passion carried you forward, but now, all the stress is starting to affect you.
You’re 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 right. You’re noticing pain, illness, insomnia, or fatigue
It’s occurring to you that 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 is incredibly important — you.
I’m here to help you do that. I bring my innovative, creative and thoughtful approaches to service-centered professionals and early childhood nonprofits to support clarity, purpose, hope and resilience.
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 approaches that are fun, creative, and forward-thinking into our work. This will be the kind of work that you enjoy!
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 masters-degreed 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.
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. I was I my late twenties, working hard, caring for others, getting little personal time and even less sleep!
After divorcing in my mid-thirties I went from that into hyperdrive. 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. A decade later I was still in hyperdrive, 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, agonizingly painful problem. The pain forced me to make changes. I had to slow down, drop some activities. I had no choice but to focus time, attention and money on getting better. I realized that if I wanted to go on taking care of everything and everyone else in my life, I had to take care of myself. 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 a constantly doing, service-centered professional who makes time for everything and everyone but yourself. That’s sustainable 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 (like I did) until it gets really bad (like it did for me).I recovered and now I share with clients the important learnings from that experience. If you’re sensing you’re on your way to burnout, let me help you reconnect to what matters most: your inner self, caring relationships and clear purpose.
“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!”
Contact me to schedule a time to talk.
There is no charge for initial consults.