It’s not about me, and yet…..

Photo 075 (1) (large); 5-24-18I should give you a little background…..

My name is Nancy McKay and I am a Denver native. My husband Jimmy and I have been married since 2004 and we now live in Lakewood, Colorado.  I have been blessed to have had a variety of careers in my lifetime.  I’ve worked in the Oil and Gas industry (still do part-time), at an art gallery on the central Oregon Coast (aah-the pacific NW-be still my heart!) and as a kitchen & bath designer.

My story also includes being in recovery ~ I stopped drinking in 2009 and I thought I would never have fun again.  To my surprise my life got so, so much better.  And then, as life does, it detoured a bit.  In 2015 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  During chemo, I lost my hair but I found something so much more important – my inner strength.  Through these challenging, life changing events, I became acutely aware that life is short and I began my internal work in earnest.  This work helped me realize that I wanted my life and career to move in a different direction and my quest to become a Life Coach began in 2017.

Now, I’m sixty-two years old and I’ve never felt so excited about life.   Through the life altering events mentioned above, as well as many other life experiences, I have done a lot of work through therapy and life coaching.  I really believe that things happen for a reason.  If I had not gotten sober or faced cancer, I wouldn’t be writing this now.  So, if you are facing life challenges like:

  • Fear of change
  • What’s joy got to do with it?
  • I’m too old for a new start
  • I hate my job but I don’t know what else to do
  • I’m angry, sad, scared, blah

I can help you find what really lights you up and what doesn’t.  I’ll show you how to let go of the bad stuff and get more of the good stuff.

Because I’ve been there.  I’ve come out on the other side and you can too.  I realized that my perspective on life had changed and that if I wanted something different in my life it was up to me to make the necessary changes.   I have, and still am, making those changes.  I didn’t get sober and survive cancer to be miserable.  I have found my voice, sometimes to my husband’s chagrin!  I’m feisty, I have a tendency to talk like a sailor (I used to drink like one), and I wear a bracelet that states, in no uncertain terms, “Wake Up, Kick Ass, Repeat”.  I don’t always live up to that mantra, but that’s life – one step at a time.  Progress not perfection.

I named my company Amazing Outlook Coaching because I’ve always had just that ~ an amazing outlook on life.  I have always known that there is something bigger than me, call it what you’d like, Universe, God, The Almighty, whatever, but I’ve had the faith that life is meant to be joyful and fulfilling and ought to feed your soul.  Because of that belief, I’ve been a seeker for many years and have found wonderful resources to help educate and inspire me along the way, such as Brené Brown, Anne Lamott, Glennon Doyle, Byron Katie, and of course, Martha Beck.

I have been awarded my certification as a Mind-Body-Eating Coach from The Institute for the Psychology of Eating.  I am currently working towards my certification as a Life Coach with Martha Beck Institute.  This training has been life altering for me and I am eager to share this work.

Before I started my chemo treatments I discovered the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA), an amazing organization whose mission is to provide support to those affected by ovarian cancer through advocacy and education.  Over the past few years I have helped raise funds and participated in some great events to promote awareness for this hideous disease.  I am honored to be the newly elected Vice-President of the Board of Directors for this incredible non-profit organization.

If you would like to discover your Amazing Outlook, just click on the button below to schedule a complimentary mini-session to see how!

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