About Mandy

life coach, learner, subtle hippy

I’m a rare mix of Learner, Dreamer, and Doer: head in the clouds, feet on the ground. Always curious, I’m a master of asking insightful questions to get to the root of an issue. I see energizing visions of what could be, and I know how to get things done. This is how I’m able to help my self-reflective, mid-career clients discover their dream career and make it their reality.

I think of myself as a catalyst to your transformation. You have everything you need to change your life. It’ll just be a lot quicker and easier with my help!

Fave thing on the Internet: The Office on Netflix + this talking dog

Pro creds: I’ve trained with Martha Beck and Byron Katie. You can read more on LinkedIn.

Why life coaching?

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

I coach because I know that tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Life taught me this lesson. When I was seven years old, my perfect, secret-keeping, skinned-knee-kissing, bedtime-story-reading mom died unexpectedly. Now, I’m filled with a sense of urgency to bring everyone’s gifts to light.

My path to coaching

I’ve spent most of my life obsessed with finding the ideal career — a perfect blend of skills and interests and purpose. Work that I’d love enough to gush about at parties.

I fondly remember career week in middle school. I wanted to do my project on the career of EEG Technician, thinking it would feel meaningful since Mom died of a brain aneurysm. My teacher was surprised by my choice. I asked him what he thought I should pick.

“Why don’t you research something like CEO?” he suggested.

I started my career in software, where I excelled. Sometimes it was stressful. Sometimes it was fun. But there was always this tugging at my heart. I wasn’t doing work that felt legit important. Not to mention the ever present, low-level depression.

I read books with titles like, “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was.” My career ideas over the years included visual artist, radio DJ, paralegal, college business professor, non-fiction author, crochet pattern designer, executive director of a nonprofit, IT instructor…

When the depression became too much, I found an exceptional therapist, set a goal to “increase emotional healing to move toward fulfilling my purpose,” and spent five years digging deep. Eventually, I worked with life coaches too.

When I was drowning, therapy taught me to tread water. Coaching propelled me forward in the sea.

Well before hiring one, I added “life coach” to the Potential Careers list. I heard about this relatively new industry in one of the many self-help books I’d been scarfing down for a decade. I brought up the idea with some friends. (All signs pointed to life coach, but I still wanted to hear someone else say it!) They agreed. One friend even connected me with some coaches she knew. I made some phone calls. Ordered a textbook.

A year passed before I had the guts to pick up that textbook and read it. Another few months before I really committed to this dream by signing up for best-in-class training with the Martha Beck Institute.

My middle school teacher’s hunch proved true when I started Coach Kubicek. These days, I look forward to Monday morning. There are ups and downs, and my dreams change, but I feel at home with myself. I know I’m not just above water — I’m finally swimming in the right direction.

 

 


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