Boss Mom Of The Week: Nicole Cooley
Nicole Cooley is a corporate drop out and new mama currently obsessed with sleep, green juice and planting her new garden. Her company Money With Moxie helps women align their spending to their value system and use money as a tool to design their ideal life.
Tell us a little bit about your family and your Boss Mom journey.
Hi Boss Moms! I’m Nicole: Wife, Mama and Money Coach. I’ve been married 5 years, new Mom to Caden (9 months) and working the nap time hustle. I live in the top left corner of Washington state and I am surrounded by the water and trees that I love. 2015 was a big year for me. New baby, new city, new job. It was a lot! But all the changes were years in the making.
The previous eight years I worked in the corporate world of insurance and banking. I was successful on paper, but I wanted something more. I wanted control over my schedule and I wanted flexibility for the children I knew that I would have. A lot of the stress I felt around my job resulted in excessive spending patterns that got me into some debt. I realized that if I have a finance degree and can still accumulate this debt, anyone can!! I got all my issues in order, immersed myself in the subject and found Money Coaching. It gives me the opportunity to help people and gives me the flexibility that I craved for my life.
What are some of your favorite go to meals when time is tight and dinner MUST get on the table?
Papa Murphy’s. Joking, sort of. : ) Simple grilled chicken with mashed avocado and tomato on top is a hit around here! So easy and tasty.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Books: Fiction gives my mind a break and fuels my creativity. I recently realized I don’t always have to be “productive” reading a business or self help book!
Exercise: Yoga. I mostly do online videos from https://yogisanonymous.com/ ,right in my office. Even a few minutes gets me centered.
Meditation: I just started the app Headspace and am trying to develop this habit!
What are you currently reading or listening to (podcasts, books, blogs etc)?
Besides Boss Mom’s podcast….. (which is honestly my favorite) I just read Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist. Up next on my stack is Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life. I bounce around in the blog world a lot, but right now am loving Molly Mahar’s blog (Stratejoy.com). And if you love beautiful magazines, you have to check out Thoughtfully Magazine. Its my favorite.
What is one piece of business advice that you’d give to a mom just starting out?
Baby steps ARE progress. Just keep moving forward and don’t focus so much on the pace. Break your tasks down into 20 minute chunks. For example, I might split writing one blog post into six different steps. Pick topic, start writing, finish writing, edit, find image, publish. As long as I’m making progress everyday I can feel good about it.
What are some of your favorite quotes or words to live by?
I pick a word of the year to live by, and for 2016 my word is Nourish. If it doesn’t nourish me, my family or my business this year, its out.
In one word, sum up your life as a Boss Mom.
What are three core values of your business and how do those values relate to your motherhood?
Knowledge is power
I believe knowledge is power. In my business that means showing people something they think is hard (money) doesn’t have to be. In life it means we have the ability to learn about and change anything in our lives. Authenticity doesn’t come easy for me, but its something I always strive for. Its hard for me to be visible and put myself out there. But its important for my customers to know the real me and and its important for my kids to see the unmasked version of me in all life situations. I’m in business to make money, but it also fulfills my desire to be of service and add value in the world at the same time. I hope instill this in my family, that ultimately being of service will bring you the most fulfillment.
Connect with Nicole!
Is it time that you gave your money the attention it deserves? Check out Nicole’s free guide: Six Steps to Financial Confidence to get started today. And make sure to get on her list to be the first to hear about the new offerings she will be launching in the next couple months. Nicole is the most excited about my customized debt repayment plan bundle, developed for you to keep you on track and pay off that debt FOR GOOD.