I'm Nancy McKay,
and I didn't get sober and survive cancer to be miserable.
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 quit. If had a coach guiding me through what I now know were limiting thoughts and beliefs, 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 prevented me from killing myself. I realized my drinking had become unpredictable. 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.
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. I began training for my new career in 2017.
I’m a Certified Wayfinder Life Coach through Martha Beck, Inc., a Certified Equus Coach® through Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching®, as well as a Certified Mind-Body-Eating Coach through The Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
These intensive training programs have given me the tools to effectively and compassionately help women face their challenges. I partner with my clients to bring transformational change to their lives.
You'll notice horses and dragonflies here …
Horses help us find our truth. Dragonflies represent transformation.
I help women transform their lives by looking truthfully at what's holding them back and keeping them stuck. Our work together will focus on your thoughts and beliefs. If you are willing to take an honest look at yourself, you will see changes in your life.
From the significance of feeling stuck in my relationship with alcohol to naming my company, Amazing Outlook Coaching, I have called on the dragonfly power to inspire and motivate me to transform my life.
Is drinking preventing you from showing up in your life fully? Are you numbing out instead of allowing yourself to “feel all the feels”? You can transform your life and have your own amazing outlook, and I will be there to help you.
Why I do what I do …
My life experience with alcohol and cancer, together with the valuable training I've received, gives me the expertise, compassion and skill to guide my clients on their journey of seeking their truth, transformation and thriving.
I am honored to be a contributing author to three multi-author books. My chapter, The Intersection of Desperation and Grace, was published in Ready to Fly – Volume 3 in 2020. 2021 brought The Gifts of Adversity, her contribution to the International Best Seller, Phoenix Rising; Powerful Women Who Rose From The Ashes To Claim Their Place. 2022 brings Your Inner Wisdom is my most recent contribution to another International Bestseller, Corporate Dropouts; From Employee to Entrepreneur. All three capture aspects of my story of recovery and creating a new life after cancer and launching Amazing Outlook Coaching. These books are available for purchase and can be found on my Amazon author page.
I share my story loudly and as frequently as I can. Why? Because maybe it will inspire others to make difficult changes. We all face different circumstances in life. How we deal with them is our choice.
I have served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance since 2018.
I have found my voice, sometimes to my husband's dismay! 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 proud feminist who believes in equal rights for all. I wear a bracelet that states “Wake Up-Kick Ass-Repeat” which I try to live up to. Most days I do, sometimes I fall short. And that’s okay because that’s life—one step at a time. Progress not perfection.
I love hanging out with my husband Jimmy, and our two rescued Westies, Maggie and Tommy.