Inspirational women today : Meet Nicky Clinch – Transformational Life coach
January, not the best month for being full of the energy that you need to grab life by both hands is it?! But why not? After splurging on all things naughty during the festive period we can feel sluggish and low health wise and when we take down the decorations it can leave us all feeling a little flat. Add into this the extra pressure of a new year and the idea of starting afresh and we start questioning where we are in our lives and where we are going. Throw in four weeks of pretty horrendous weather and we are truly ready for some redirection.
Today we meet Nicky Clinch. She gives us an honest look into how she overcame her own demons to become a transformational life coach, certified macrobiotic chef and counsellor, who inspires others to come back home to their most free and authentic selves.
Hello Nicky tell us a little about yourself…..
Originally from Hong Kong I’ve been in and out of London since 1990. I spent four years living in New York, which was where I first fell in love with plant-based cooking, eating and mind-body-health. I worked as a professional singer and actress for ten years, which I both loved and found draining, then hit thirty and my step-father suddenly passed away and it really made me re-assess what I wanted to do with my life.
I went back to school to train in natural health as a Macrobiotic Counsellor, Chef and Transformational Coach. I was fascinated by Eastern medicine and how to bring balance and transformation in our health and our lives, in mind and body. I graduated and started my business in 2012, had my daughter and got married in 2013 and haven’t ever really looked back since.
What is Nicky Clinch Ltd about really?
Essentially I empower people to be their most authentic and free selves. People come to me when something has gone out of balance, whether it be a health issue, emotional issue, life issue or all of the above. My job is to help them come home to themselves. Whether they have ever experienced being home within themselves before or not. Many have not. From this place their health, emotional well being and energy can be realigned once more, feeling more alive, aware, grounded and empowered. I use a fully holistic approach across diet, lifestyle, emotional and mental transformation.
We have hundreds of people come through each year, all taking the risks to make changes and bring more freedom and nourishment into their lives. It is a deeply fulfilling job, that’s for sure.
What motivated you to start this work?
It’s been a very personal passion and mission of mine – it all starts with my personal story. I spent all of my teens struggling with addiction. Drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, exercise. You name it, I struggled with it. By the time I was 20 I was in a very bad way. Underweight, undernourished, heavily bulimic and using drugs most days. My health was in a terrible way and I was told I wouldn’t have made it much longer. I hit a real rock bottom and realised I had to dramatically change how I was living my life if I was going to have a life.
Since then my journey has very much been about working on all three areas, the relationship I have with food, the relationship I have with my body and the relationship I have with myself.
After 10 years clean, at that stage I was 30, I felt so lucky to be alive and to be living a relatively normal life I wanted to start giving back to others. I wanted others to find freedom like I was so lucky to have found and believe very strongly it is possible for everyone if you are willing to do the work for it.
There really is nothing more incredible and fulfilling for me then watching one of my clients or students have a big breakthrough and come alive again. Their faces literally change, and you can see the energy flowing through them again, it’s amazing! We can bring these breakthroughs in many ways, depending on what is needed. My job certainly doesn’t feel like work – it is just my life and my passion.
Have you hit any hard times getting it off the ground and how did you overcome them?
Of course! So many – when I first started my business the health and wellness industry hadn’t had its boom yet. So what I was offering and how I was offering it seemed quite ‘out there’ – it took a lot of time and patience to gain people’s trust in me and to build a community and following that really felt safe with me and what I offered.
I remember my husband saying to me at the beginning “Just keep staying true to yourself Nicky and the world will catch up”. Well, he was right! A few years later the health and wellness industry exploded and each year more and more people are ready to start really taking responsibility for their own transformation. It’s inspiring.
Almost always I’ve overcome challenges with the love and support of the people closest to me, and surrounding myself with an incredible team that I trust. Also in 2017 I took on a business coach and mentor who has been one of the best investments I’ve ever taken. My weekly session with her is like gold dust! You can never underestimate the power of surrounding yourself with great support! It’s hard to do things alone.
How did you get people to know about your work?
Through word of mouth at the start and then I started a blog and using Instagram and social media. As each student came through the doors word started to spread and it just grew organically. Nowadays I find a lot of my clients and students through social media and word of mouth mostly and I’ve also taken on a marketing person who helps get the word out to a much larger audience, which is wonderful.
So what’s your background? And What led you to this point in time?
I’ve always been a big hearted people person. I thrive on connection and open communication. So I was always meant to work with people the way I do that is for sure. I think my years on the stage have helped a lot, now when I teach large groups and give public talks and seminars to large amounts of people. I just thrive on it all. Of course it took me a while before I realised I returned back to my original roots without even knowing it.
Coming from Hong Kong, and with my grandparents being Buddists, I ended up studying Eastern medicine and a lot of my philosophy is aligned with Buddism. It makes me really happy to realise that organically I came home to my roots myself without consciously knowing it.
At any point has your confidence become low and what did you do about it?
Oh yes. I often doubt myself and my abilities. Essentially my work is sharing myself so I have to be brave enough to share a lot of my own heart and truth so others feel safe enough to do the same. I often have wobbles and get frightened almost every time I launch a new idea, workshop or body of work. But I have a pretty solid set of tools I draw on to help keep me anchored in those times. I meditate regularly and have a very strong relationship with a higher power, practice yoga, eat really well and I am constantly working on my own growth and transformation – the journey never ends. Plus I have an incredible support network of people I turn to. The wobbles always pass and never stop me from doing what I am meant to do.
So what do you do in your spare time outside of work?
I love spending quality time with my family – my 4 year old daughter and my husband. I love nothing more than just pottering around home with them, cooking, playing, reading, hanging out. I tend to have big moments in my work so in between I love keeping it simple.
I love travel, and get me to a beach any day in the heat. Cooking is a true love of mine which I share with my hubby and we just love sharing meals with good friends and a lot of laughter.
Are there any strong powerful women who inspire you?
Wow! Yes – so many. Michelle Obama is incredible – you can just feel her heart in everything she does and I love how she can’t hide the truth no matter what she feels. But her passion, integrity and commitment to helping and empowering others is incredible. I also was blown away by Oprah’s recent Golden Globes speech and her courage and power to speak the truth in adversity.
But really the people who inspire me the most are the everyday people willing to face their struggles, challenges and lives to shift, change and transform to live more authentic and free. These are the most inspiring people of all to me and most of them who work with me are women. I am in awe of all of them.
What fashion style do you love?
I love so many different styles. I can easily live in Topshop but then also love getting something more sleek and stylish from elsewhere. I also love a boho dress – I always giggle that I’m part hippie, part glamour and part homedog. Which pretty much sums up my fashion style.
Not to get too deep, but what does life mean to you?
Life for me is a journey of growth, learning and letting go. The one constant is that everything will keep changing and our job is to keep listening and responding and learning as best we can.
Also, I don’t believe in limits – I truly believe anything and everything is possible. We can have whatever we want as long as we are willing to let go of what it looks like.
The more we love ourselves the more our life will flow. Surround ourselves with good people we love and that love us and be as truthful and authentic as we can wherever we go. And don’t be afraid to show vulnerability as we are all human and actually all quite similar. Also there is nothing more important than family and friends.
What challenges have you faced in your 30’s?
Well for one my 30’s have been a lot less challenging than my 20’s and a lot more empowering. Learning how to be a mother has been a huge learning and then how to do that whilst running my business AND being available as a wife and partner to my husband PLUS being some kind of good friend to my friends. WOW, I never realized how much I could juggle until now.
I started my business when I was 36 weeks pregnant and I’ve just kept going. So it has been a huge juggling act that’s for sure. But the positive of all of this has been developing a much deeper sense of self and trust in myself plus feeling much more comfortable and unapologetic about who I am.
I have sadly lost my last two babies in miscarriage, both very painful experiences, but after each one I’ve cared a lot less about what others think and felt more comfortable to share myself as I am with the world. I’d love to have another child and trust that if it was meant to be it will be.
Is being in your 30’s as scary as others say?
God no! I’ve LOVED my 30’s. I’ve loved feeling like I grew into a real woman this decade. I’ve loved feeling more at home in my body with all its bumps and lumps. I’ve loved feeling more centred in my self and more confident in who I am. Also we are at our sexual peak in the latter part of 30’s so I must say, that has been incredible this year to feel so much vitality and so empowered in my own sexuality. I’ve loved my 30’s and am even more excited for my 40’s to be honest!
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Thanks so much Nicky! Check her out on Facebook and Instagram.
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