Hi, I'm Michelle McCormick

The coach, business strategist, and head cheerleader for my clients.

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I help women feel empowered, find balance, and make time to complete fulfilling passion projects.

 

 

We are masters at telling ourselves our dreams can wait.  

Between the endless to do list, demanding career, family, friends, and your busy social life, it's easy to say not now, maybe next month, or next year... I get it.

Maybe you want to write, create, make art, get on stage, or do something big, but feel like you don't know how to start or have enough time...

What if I told you that pursuing this dream didn't have to take up all your time... That you could start right now, and that you are closer than you think?

You don't have to wait for the time to be right (the time will never be right) and you can move forward, even with all of your other responsibilities. I promise you won't burn out. (and if you are already burnt out, we can get you back in balance.) 

I believe that women deserve to have it all - excellent health, careers, relationships, finances - and that being creatively fulfilled will benefit every area of your life.   

Take the leap and listen to the voice inside that whispers your dreams. You can do it, and I'd be honored to help.  

My story

It was 2013 and on the outside, I had a great life. I was excelling in my career and living in my dream city with a wonderful partner. I had great friends, nice clothes, went on exotic vacations - it was everything I thought I wanted...but I was miserable. 

I was working long hours, devoting everything I had to my work, burning out, and feeling deeply unfulfilled (despite helping thousands of University students earn their degrees). 

I thought something was wrong with me. I was promoted twice in two years, earning a great salary, had an office with a view of Los Angeles, but somehow I found myself on the fire escape asking, "Is this all there is?"

While my career might have been going well, I was really struggling in the other areas of my life. I had gained weight, constantly felt stressed, avoided the gym, and ate crap food more than I'd like to admit. I frequently had migraines. My hormones were out of whack. I started looking forward to that after work drink a little too much. On top of all that I started picking fights with my partner because I was unhappy with myself (sorry, love). 

It was clear that success at work wasn’t enough to make me happy, so I started researching what to do with my life.

I discovered Tony Robbins, realized my life was totally unbalanced, hired a life coach, and spent six months working on every aspect of my life: health, relationships, finances, career, and spirituality. With help, I totally transformed my life.

I started taking better care of myself. I hired a personal trainer and made fitness and healthy eating a priority. 

I rediscovered my femininity, which I had masked for years because I thought that was necessary to succeed at work. I learned how to love myself, create clear boundaries, and re-ignite the passion in my relationship.

I changed the way I looked at money. I stopped spending as an attempt to fill the void I felt because of lack of personal fulfillment, and created systems for accounting and savings.

I re-evaluated my career. Since 2008 I had been working at Universities helping people discover their passions, pursue goals, land great jobs, and advance their careers. I realized that my skills, values, and talents were directly aligned with professional coaching. It was an “aha” moment for me and I decided to pivot in my career. I took a leap, and gave notice at my job.

At this point, my connection to God/The universe/higher power was pretty weak. Although I hadn't ever meditated more than a couple of minutes, I decided to go on a 10-day silent meditation retreat in Joshua Tree. It was 100 hours of meditation that completely reset my life.

In early 2014 I completed a coach training program and began working with my first clients. I love the work and feel so fortunate to have found my calling.

Today I help brilliant, bold women pursue their passions and bring their lives back into balance. I look at the whole woman: health, career, relationships, finances, and together we create an action plan for her to move forward with her big goals, while making sure she is taking care of herself in the process.

I understand burnout because I’ve been there. Same with heartbreak, feeling miserable in your job, lack of fulfillment, frustration, worry, anger, jealousy, resentment...I’ve learned a lot to get from where I was to where I am now.

In my journey I've collected many tools that help me thrive in my day-to-day. I don’t have it all figured out (and I'm far from perfect) but just knowing (and accepting ) that perfection isn’t the goal has been a huge win for me. These days I make time to be outside, make/eat healthy meals, spend quality (phone free) time with people I love, practice mindfulness, and honor my body. I celebrate my successes and ask for help when I need it. I’ve learned how to be strong and vulnerable, driven and graceful, feminine and powerful, loving with clear boundaries.

I used to believe it wasn't possible to feel great in all areas of my life. My inner dialogue played a big role in what I did/didn't do and what I said/didn't say. I believed things like: I have to earn other people’s approval to feel good about myself, my career/relationships will suffer if i pursue my own interests, I'm not enough, I have to work harder to earn respect..." The list could go on and on… but they were all lies. 

What I’ve learned (and my clients prove over and over), is that when we create a vision of what we really want, understand our mind creates our reality, and feel empowered to take action, we really can have it all. Seriously! You can take great care of yourself, be amazing in your career, financially independent, and have a thriving relationship. Whatever you want your life to look like is possible for you. I've transformed my life and have helped many other women do the same. If we can do it, so can you. Join us! 

 


 

Want to know even more? 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved setting and achieving goals for myself. Here are a few of my favorite:

  • Moving from New Jersey to California at 17 years old
  • Graduating college early with one major, two minors, two certificates, and a busy social life
  • Being accepted to Graduate School, moving to a new city, and figuring out how to thrive
  • After meeting the love of my life, we set our intention on finding work in LA. Six weeks later, we both had great jobs and were planning our move
  • I thought success at work was supposed to lead to great fulfillment (wrong) and eventually set a goal of starting my own business. That was 2013, and I’ve been working for myself ever since (hello, freedom!). 
  • I've given speeches and hosted workshops, conquering fears of stage fright in the process. 
  • My romantic partnership is thriving. We have a happy home, go on adventures every quarter, and are getting married next year! 

My path hasn’t always been clear or easy, but that's okay. I've learned (and am still learning) important lessons about life, love, business, and the human experience. I see challenges as opportunities to grow. Through hard life lessons I've discovered a treasure trove of useful tools and new ways of thinking that have led to greater happiness, health, fulfillment, and success.   

MY BIG WHY

I was raised in a family of educators and entrepreneurs and knew from an early age (about 7 years old) that I wanted to teach (but not in the traditional classroom). I’ve always loved people and learning (which is probably why I loved studying sociology in college). I’m idealistic and believe my purpose in life is to do well by doing good. 

 

 

Professional Bio

I am a women’s success coach who has spent the last 10 years helping thousands of people achieve major life goals. I started my career coaching students on how to succeed in college, land their dream jobs, and navigate personal challenges in the process. Eventually I craved more personal fulfillment, so I got trained as a life coach and opened my own business in 2013. I feel fortunate to have found my calling as a coach and am passionate about making a difference in other people’s lives.

I also enjoy speaking, teaching, and hosting workshops. I have spoken on the power of purpose at a Los Angeles non profit, created the course “Achieve with Ease” for Wisdom Times, hosted a Productivity Power Hour for WeWork Hollywood, and had a year-long appointment as the resident life coach for The Unique Space in Los Angeles.

 

 

Training & Education

I completed my first coach training with Jacob Sokol and have received guidance from some of the best coaches in the business, including Marie Forleo and Steve Chandler.  I follow the Co-Active Coaching Model, which balances self-awareness, communication, and courageous action as tools to create fulfillment, connection, and success.

I graduated with honors from University of California Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minors degrees in Gender & Sexuality Studies and African American Studies. I also earned Certificates in Diversity and Planning & Human Services.

I earned my Master’s Degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. During that time I mentored high risk teens through the New Pathways for Youth organization, taught several courses, and published a thesis that examined representations of race and gender in online social networks.