(Alternate title: OMG IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?!)
Friends, I’m excited to introduce my new business, Colleen Nichols Coaching + Consulting.
Since I’ve spent so long working on the website, I’ll let it do the talking:
I’m one of those people who was born with tell me your life story written on my forehead.
Listening to people’s stories and helping them navigate their situations has been a skill and passion of mine since childhood. I honed that skill through studying psychology in college and mental health counseling in graduate school, and ended up with my dream job in the EAP field. I worked with individual clients, gave trainings all over the state of Virginia to organizations both large and small, and had the opportunity to make real, impactful changes to many organizational cultures.
Everything I loved doing, counseling and training and organizational impact, was rolled up neatly into one little job. In my opinion, there was no end in sight!
But then life happened (as it tends to do.)
I, like many people, started to become unhappy with being constantly roadblocked by corporate policies and procedures. For months, I found myself at home after a long day, complaining to my husband about the same things over and over again. My perfect job that was wrapped up in a pretty little bow was beginning to unravel, and I didn’t like what I was finding on the inside: and unfulfilled, stagnant, and frustrated version of myself.
(But it was a paycheck, and that’s what matters, right?!)
There was a major disconnect between what I was telling my clients (“do that thing that scares you!” and “go after your dream!” and “your career isn’t your life – start living.“) and what I was actually doing. After each passing day, that disconnect grew wider and wider and it got to the point where I could no longer successfully bridge the gap.
After becoming a mother in March of 2015, my priorities shifted (as they tend to do) and I began to look at my life a little bit differently.The fear of leaving my comfort zone was trumped by the fear of my son growing up and watching me live an unauthentic life. It was time to start walking the talk, to put my efforts and energy into projects that fulfilled me, and to start the business that had been a daydream of mine for years.
So, here we are. I’m living the dream, and I’m here to help you realize that you can live yours, too.
Almost two years ago, I wanted to start my own business, but talked myself out of it at least a hundred times. I thought I was stupid to think I could succeed at something like this; that going out on a limb would be a surefire fail. But in the last several months, I had a radical idea: let’s see what could happen if I believed in myself.
So that’s what I’ve chosen to do, and there’s been no looking back.
Your support here at The Lunchbox Diaries means the world to me, and I hope you’ll join me on this new journey as well! While there may be some initial overlap here on the blog as I roll out new programs and offerings, I intend to keep them as two separate entities. That said, I will ask for your support by following the new biz on Instagram and liking it on Facebook.
Whew. I’m so glad this is finally out there and everyone is in the loop.
Now please excuse me while I go pour myself a glass of champagne.
Photos by RVA Photography