Women Who Create / Sarah McNicol
This week we are thrilled to introduce Sarah McNicol to the fortnightly interview series. Sarah helps smart, hard-working professionals in their 40s and 50s take stock to create the next rewarding and rich phase of their lives through work and life coaching. Those of you in our FB group will have had the pleasure of sharing in Sarah's weekly live fb video posts! Brilliantly inspiring on so many fronts
Tell us a little about your background...
Creativity is in my DNA; my parents met at art school. I studied Fine Art and History of Design. My first career was 15 years as an architectural glass artist. Concurrently I learned and practised in the field of personal development. I’ve always been motivated by empowerment, my own and others. At 40 I sold my glass business, moving into working with people as a coach, facilitator, trainer and educator with entrepreneurs, undergrads and in corporate, private and public sector. Today I mainly coach individuals to create the next phase of their inspiring lives. I also design motivational greetings cards.
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
BIG TIME – I regularly start my day with some/all of;yoga, meditation, prayer, visioning, journaling, reading/listening to something elevation, walking by the river. My best habit (it’s taken me years to cultivate this) is prioritising feeling good in myself before I “do” anything else.
What two things can't you live without?
Nature – sky, water, green, space, fresh air, weather
Moving my body – riding my Brompton, yoga, walking
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
Quiet time/empty mind. Ideas come to me in these moments for collage designs or coaching programmes or how I can serve an individual client.
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
Creativity means flow, possibility, expansion, uncensored exploring and what if’ing, allowing. Creativity is about people trusting themselves and their own capacity to generate new ways of being, new approaches to life and work, new ideas and fresh perspectives.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
My friend Ilaria Franchi. Ilaria is an inspiring woman and courageous free spirit working with Movement Medicine. Together we can facilitate healing, expansion and lots of fun.
Do you have afavourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
I’ve swapped studios and lots of kit for a scalpel and pritt stick!
What is the best thing about working for yourself?
Doing meaningful work my way, making my own money, time freedom, having ideas and making them happen, connecting and collaborating with and serving amazing, dynamic, fun, daring people. Making a difference.
And what is or has been the most challenging?
Social media. I’m on a learning curve. Resistance to being online, the exposing nature of it and the overwhelming noise challenge me. I’m not yet convinced its right for me or my clients.
What is your proudest creative moment in the journey so far?
Although I’ve had some memorable proud moments standing back to appreciate completed glass installations, I’m proudest of simply knowing, in my bones, that I will always have and execute good ideas well. They keep on coming.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
Prioritise yourself; your dreams, desires and preferences, your spirit and your wellbeing.
Appreciate yourself; your qualities, characteristics, gifts, talents, skills and achievements, however “small”.
Look for opportunities to have fun and enjoy whatever you are doing.
Trust your intuition.
Full information about Sarah's next workshop Preparing for Change is available now as well as links to some inspiring social media and empowering videos
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