We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Pendley Pickett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I had never thought about being an entrepreneur before, but I needed a major change in my life. Taking a hard look at my career at the time, I made a list of the things that I truly loved and wanted to keep doing, and those that I would rather poke my eye out than do. It was important for me to take back control over my own career and my life. How I was spending my time, making time for my family, volunteer opportunities and simply time to chill out became important to me in a way that it had not been before. Providing a safe space for people to be seen and heard, empowering them to reclaim their story and view their experiences through a different perspective, helping them and giving them new ideas to look into were all things I knew I wanted to do with my professional life. Coaching, specifically Career Empowerment Coaching, checked all of the boxes of what I was looking for in my next career, including working for myself. Using my experience in discovering what was truly important to me and seeking that out to create this life for myself, I empower groups and individuals to design their life and discover out how their career/job fits into that, not the other way around.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a Career Empowerment Coach and I love to work with people who are making a career change! It is a privilege to work with folks that are considering making a change in their life. When you have the chance to really drill down into what motivates someone, help them see where they really shine, and reclaim their story in a way that makes them proud is a true honor. Having made a mid-life career pivot, I uniquely understand what it is like to take a step back and start creating your life all over again. Many career coaches start from the outside and work in., like job descriptions, resumes, etc. Starting the job search process, or any life change process, with YOU at the center is the key to success. I teach clients how to take back control of their career through focusing on themselves first and then move onto the other pieces that are out of their control. I never thought I would be an entrepreneur, it just wasn’t on my radar. So most of the “business” things have been a challenge for me. It took me awhile, but I have learned to seek help in the areas where I don’t know what I am doing or have some gaps I want to fill. It is so important to identify what you DO know, then move on to what you DON’T know. It has taken awhile to feel comfortable saying it, and I am proud of myself for taking a chance on me. My life has changed in so many ways since I made the change and started my coaching practice over 3 years ago. Most of the changes have been for the best and showed up in ways that I just did not see coming. It has been amazing to see what opportunities present themselves when you are open to them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a home body! Since I live in Littleton, I spend a lot of time out here. And eating and drinking is my most favorite pastime of all time! Of course, no trip is complete with out a visit to Red Rocks-whether you are able to go to a show, hike it, or just drive around so you don’t have to deal with altitude (this is usually my MO), it is totally worth it!! You can never go wrong with a day walking around downtown Littleton-Breakfast at Cafe Terr Cotta, coffee at Spur Coffee shop, appetizers at Smokin Fins Sushi, happy hour at The Alley (the Spicy Fresca is amazing!), and dinner at the Melting Pot. Also, stopping into any of the great local shops is a great way to find things for my house or for my friends souvenir budget.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Samantha Siffring is a business coach for moms. Working with her has been instrumental in the growing of my business!