Meet OMC Collective Member, Author & Life Coach, Nicole of Cambia NW. Nicole has a passion for helping women discover their self and find the right path to move forward.
Your Story – a little “About You” – How long have you lived in the Seattle area? Where are you from/why did you move here? What do you do for a living? Have you always done this?
I am a Washington native and have lived here my whole life, except for a year long stint driving through South America but that story is for another day! Before kids, I was a full time HR professional at Microsoft for almost 12 years and a part time family therapist. Once my kids were born, I needed more flexibility so I began consulting for start ups and medium sized businesses. Currently, I am the creator of the “Staying True to You” motherhood journal series and program for mothers. The journals and program provide whole Self health & wellness support so moms can feel confident, capable, and fulfilled in all aspects of their life.
How would you describe your work? What does this mean to you?
I help moms design a life aligned to their true and whole Self. As mothers, we often put others first. In doing so, we can often neglect the most important relationship in our life – our Self. The journals and our programs support moms in discovering, reflecting, and renewing a relationship with their Self, so they can be capable, feel confident, and live a fulfilled life.
Why did you decide to pursue this career?
I had three kids in 3 years and I lost my Self in the process. The things that I gave up were a big part of who I was and I had a hard time knowing and liking the person that I had become. I decided to create this journal and program for moms so they can remain true to and take of their Self after motherhood.
What does success mean to you?
Success means paying attention to my whole Self and trying to live each day aligned to my whole Self.
How do you balance being an entrepreneur & a mom?
Sometimes I do a good job of it and sometimes I don’t. At the end of the day, it is all about the quality of time that I put into work and the quality of time that I put into family. I try to forget about how much time I spend doing things and more about the love and attention I give and receive from those things in life. I also ask for a lot of help.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A dolphin trainer. I went to Sea World when I was young and LOVED seeing those trainers working with those killer whales.
What is your greatest personal skill/trait?
Empathy. It can be a great strength when building nourishing relationships and it also can be negative if I take on too much of what other people are going through and feeling.
What is your favorite gift to give? To receive?
Time with someone. Being in the moment with my husband, one of my kids, someone from my family, or a good friend is the best gift.
What is your favorite activity to do with your kid in Seattle?
Rain or shine we love to be outside, going for walks, hikes, playing sports. On a day when we have more time, we love walking onto one of our ferries, packing a lunch, and grabbing some ice cream.
When you get a quiet moment, what do you like to do the most?
I love sitting in front of our fireplace or going for a walk outside.
How do you practice self-care?
I used to think Self-care was all about grandiose events and activities like getting a massage or manicure. Now I view Self-care simply as “taking care of my Self” so I am able to do this each day. It can be anything from breathing deeply for a minute to relax, to calling my sister on the phone, to going on a walk with a friend, to going to be early at night.
Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?
Problems are always opportunities in disguise. I believe John Adams is credited to this quote but my dad always says it, so I give credit to him. 😊
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