Life Coaching


I’ve always been curious, if a bit skeptical, of life coaches. First, what do they actually do? Second, how could they help? Well, if you’ve never worked with one, and you’ve been curious about it, I recommend Nancy Pickard. She is my life coach, and she’s fabulous. Emotionally mature, grounded, honest, no-nonsense, empathetic, compassionate, and funny. Nancy offered to take me on as a client a few months ago, and I must say it’s transformed how I feel about my work, my vision for the future, and how I view myself. I’ve recaptured that old magic, and I’ve got a concrete action plan for manifesting my dreams. That’s transformation, I’d say. 

But first, what does she actually do? Well, Nancy is from the Debbie Ford school of life coaching. This entails dealing with your shadow self and embracing the whole YOU. The good, beautiful, bad, ugly, mean, kind, smart, stupid, silly, venal, generous, stingy, lazy, hardworking. Those of you who love Jung will know what the shadow means. Basically I understand it as this: embrace the shadowy elements of yourself–the stuff you don’t like about yourself and others, after all they’re just mirrors for you–or they will devour you. Nancy helped me fine tune my vision and then set goals for achieving this vision. She showed me where I feel bad about myself and how to feel better, how to feel love and gratitude for all that I am. 
Each session she focuses on a different aspect of the self, and each week there is an action item or two I must act on, complete, before the next session. We start with grounding our energy–not as hard as you’d think it would be given we’re either doing our sessions on the phone or via skype. And, then after that we move on to the meat of the lesson. Sometimes the lesson shifts me immediately and in powerful ways, and other times it’s a subtle sifting in my subconscious. I will say to anyone seeking a life coach this: do the work, be open, and always, always be honest, mostly with yourself, and for sure with your life coach. I’m not perfect, and Nancy didn’t 100% fix me, because, well, the work continues. Because I am a work in progress. But I am better, and I do feel good about me, about my life, and about the future. 
If you’re interested, contact me here on the site or Nancy directly on her site or email her. Why wait? Change your life today, give her shout!

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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.

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