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Meet Trailblazer Nancy Pickard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Pickard.

Nancy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I initially owned a Personal Training Gym while I raised my sons. I eventually sold the gym, stopped working and moved to Colorado. It didn’t take too much time to see that I wasn’t living my life as big as I could. I had survived a divorce after a long marriage and years later I had another heartbreak that made me stop and recognize the “Universe” wanted me to learn some lessons that eluded me. After surviving the divorce, and a bout with cancer, I knew I was meant to share my wisdom and my intuitive ability to help others. I started with a coach and then after a year of being coached, I started a year-long certification program. I have since added five other certifications and moved from mentoring other student coaches to becoming the head of mentoring for the Ford Institute where I mentor the mentors.

My coaching is based on shadow work. I help clients uncover disempowering beliefs buried in their subconscious, formed in childhood. These beliefs keep them playing small and attracting people and situations into their life that argue for their limitations vs their strengths.

Although I coach clients in a wide range of circumstances, from getting over a broken heart to leaving their careers to venture to something they are more passionate about; my ideal clients are those 30-40 biological clock ticking women whose lives are not turning out the way they had hoped. Everyone benefits from uncovering their disempowering beliefs and underlying commitments. I help clients learn to speak their truth, gain self-confidence, love themselves first and live in alignment with what they want for their future.  My goal for all my clients is to learn to live Bigger, Better, Braver lives.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It is not easy starting a new career. As an entrepreneur, the learning curve is steep. The technology needed to brand yourself and the amount of social media needed to develop a following is never-ending. All of the learning and doing, however, creates confidence in yourself and pride for the challenges you are overcoming, making the journey more rewarding than the outcome. My advice is to do due diligence before jumping. Gather as much information about what is needed; how much money you will need to survive as you build your business, who can serve as a mentor or advisor and what are the qualities you need to strengthen to make your jump.
There is never the perfect time so once you have done your due diligence; just fly. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is but a stepping stone on the way to success.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a Master Integrative Coach with the Ford Institute. I am certified in Breakthrough Shadow Coaching, Healing Your Heart, Parenting, and Courage and Leadership. I am also a Holistic Lifestyle Coach. My sessions are one-hour long and done over the phone. It is a heart-based process that holds that all the answers are within. I support you in uncovering what your heart wants for you.

Everyone can live a bigger life and I help people become the biggest version of themselves. I do this by helping them uncover fears and negative beliefs and form new empowering ones to propel them forward. No-one gets to the Olympics without a coach.

I walk my talk. I live a life in integrity with my vision. I am always pushing myself to grow, consistently challenging myself. I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2017 and rocked the experience. I will soon publish my first book:  Bigger, Better, Braver: how to stop playing small and live your biggest life. As a coach, I am strong and hold my clients compassionately accountable but am non-judgmental and supportive. My clients leave with lasting changes that empower them to move forward without coaching support. I am passionate about my work because of the rise in confidence clients get from the process. It brings me great satisfaction to help others. I get a special joy out of supporting women in their 30-40’s. It allows me to catch them at a point in their lives when they can stop wasting time living someone else’s version of their lives. They learn to love and support themselves so they can exude self-confidence and attract into their life people and situations that mirror those feelings.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I grew up being told there was nothing I couldn’t do if I put my mind to it. At the same time, I was taught that being a wife and mother was my number one career opportunity. It took me many years to solve that conundrum by seeing how I could fill those roles with satisfaction and be so much more. As a coach, I work with clients who run the gamut of childhood experiences. There are so many gifts and lessons to learn. As adults, we have to learn from our childhoods but not let them define who we are today as adults. This comes from taking responsibility and recognizing we are the co-creators of our lives. We are not victims and life happens for us, not to us.

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Kelly Turso Photography, David Charnack Photography

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  1. Linda Yeazel

    May 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Nancy is a friend and fellow coach. She has coached me from time to time. She’s powerful and fun to work and be with.

  2. Laura Summers

    May 29, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I have worked with Nancy Pickard in the past. Just as she comes across in this article, she is supportive, encouraging and uplifting as well as extremely knowledgeable as a life coach. I couldn’t help but nod my head in agreement when she said, “I walk my talk. I live a life in integrity with my vision.” Even concurring the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro! I can’t wait to read her book!

  3. Lise Cohen

    May 30, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Nancy is a coach I can fully recommend, she lives what she teaches and opens us to understanding how to move forward with clarity and purpose . Everyone I know who has taken part in her courses raves about the results. Personally, I had many ‘wow’ moments that I continue to reach for when things become murky! Totally A+

  4. K Gambrel

    June 4, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Nancy is such an inspiration to all women. In the time that I’ve known her, she has been a supporter of being true to one’s self as it is our birthright to be happy and free. We all have our own power and strength and her encouragement, love and guidance is invaluable.

  5. Dirk Schultz

    June 6, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I had the pleasure to work with Nancy as her personal trainer years ago. She was a badass in the gym and on the trails. And now as a coach myself I can see that badass quality as a benefit to her clients. To have that fierce courage to go into the shadow work with her clients, to help bust down the obstacle that stand in their way of living their bigger more authentic life takes someone like Nancy. Nancy has that mindset and passion to help bring change into another persons life.

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