She Thought She Could, So She Did.
Hi! My name is Nancy McKay and I’d like to tell you a bit about myself…
A Certified Life and Mind-Body-Eating Coach
I’m a Certified Wayfinder Life Coach through Martha Beck, Inc. as well as a Certified Mind-Body-Eating Coach through The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I have also completed training as an Equus Coach and am currently working towards certification from The Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching. These intensive training programs have given me the tools to effectively and compassionately help women face their challenges and get the results they’re looking for. Since becoming a coach, I’ve coached many clients, as well as family and friends, helping each of them bring transformational change to their lives.
A Trusted Mentor and Experienced Professional
Even though my becoming a Life Coach happened later in life, during my first two careers, I was already using the skills that have helped me be an effective coach. During my 37 years in the business world, I was continually sought out as a mentor for colleagues and team members. My ability to listen empathetically and without judgement as well as sensing what was really called for made me a valuable sounding board for others who were encountering obstacles in their personal and professional lives.
I possess a strong work ethic, work from a heart centered place of integrity, and love to collaborate; and I continue to bring these to work every day for my clients. My ability to visualize the big picture and then break that down into strategic steps for implementation is something I bring to my coaching clients as I help them break down, move forward and make what might seem to be overwhelmingly large changes in their lives..
Prior to becoming a Life Coach, I spent 14 years in the kitchen & bath design field and 23 years in the energy industry. The downturn of each led to the other. Both careers helped me develop the many skills of being organized, paying attention to detail, planning, the ability to visualize, and creating strategies that continue to serve me and my clients in my coaching business.
I have served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance since 2018.
My Personal Experience
When I started questioning my drinking, I desperately wanted to know that I wasn’t alone. I needed a support structure when I first began to notice that my drinking was getting out of control, but I wasn’t ready to admit that I was an alcoholic. If I had a coach guiding me through what I now know were limiting thoughts and beliefs about my drinking, myself and my life, I may not have had to hit my rock bottom.
A really bad day…
Friday the 13th of March, 2009 was a really bad day, which pretty much ended with a bang. Thank God my lack of skills with a gun proved to be a benefit rather than a tragedy. At any rate, I got scared sober, and was devastated to realize that I couldn’t drink safely anymore. I thought my life was over and I would never have fun again. What I soon learned was I was standing at the intersection of desperation and grace.
I couldn’t deny that I was addicted to alcohol any longer, as devastating as that admission was. I started attending twelve-step meetings and did everything that was suggested as a program of recovery. And it worked. I’ve been sober since March 14, 2009. And while I credit this program with saving my life, I know it’s not for everyone. No one solution is.
The birthday gift I didn’t want…
In 2015, on my 58th birthday I was diagnosed with Stage 1C ovarian cancer. During chemo, I lost my hair but I found something so much more important – my inner strength.
My perspective changed and I realized that if I wanted something different in my life it was up to me to make the necessary changes.
Out of Pain, Comes My Purpose
Through the challenging and life changing events of getting sober and surviving cancer, I realized that life is short. While I’ve never been one to ask “why me?” It became clear that the answer was to use my journey, of over-drinking, getting sober and finding my inner strength to change my life and then to help other women who are suffering face their challenges and make the changes they want in their lives. I recognized my purpose and I started training to become a Life Coach in 2017 when I turned 60.
My Amazing Outlook
I named my company Amazing Outlook Coaching because I’ve always had just that—an amazing outlook on life. I’ve always known that there’s something bigger than me, call it what you’d like – the Universe, God, The Almighty, whatever. I’ve had the faith that life is meant to be joyful and fulfilling and ought to feed your soul, and that’s the philosophy that underlies all the the work I do with my clients.
My mantra is, I didn’t get sober and survive cancer to be miserable. I have found my voice, sometimes to my husband’s chagrin! I’m a feisty Irish/Scottish woman of a certain age who has the tendency to talk like a sailor (I used to drink like one.) I’m a feminist, a fairly moderate liberal, and I vote. I wear a bracelet that states “Wake Up-Kick Ass-Repeat” which I try to live up to. Most days I do, sometimes I don’t.
But that’s life—one step at a time. Progress not perfection.
I like working with my hands. I’m a weaver and a “stitcher” (as in needlepoint.) Sometimes I paint furniture. I love hanging out with our two rescued Westies, Maggie and Tommy. My husband, Jimmy, and I have been together since 1997.
I’ve fallen in love with horses and am excited to partner with them in my work.
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