Kelly Nolan: Life Organization Coach
MODERN GIRL SPOTLIGHT
Life Organization Coach
San Diego, CA
Business Name/Brief Description:
Kelly Nolan LLC. Most women lose too much time and energy to managing life’s logistics — time and energy they’d rather spend elsewhere. I work with busy women to create personalized game plans to manage their to-do items, schedules, email and paper. We work together to free up their time so they can focus on what they want to focus on with the confidence that comes from knowing they’re on top of it all.
How do you usually start your mornings?
I wake up at 5am to get some time to myself before my daughter wakes up. I drink water (thank you, Katelyn!) and coffee, whip up and enjoy a protein pancake while listening to a podcast, feed my one-year-old daughter once she’s up, and then go on a walk with her and our OG baby, the world’s sweetest black lab, Olive.
What get's you excited about the work that you do?
I live for the day my client starts seeing results and realizes that managing life’s logistics really doesn’t have to be so stressful or time-consuming. Life doesn’t have to feel so chaotic. It can run smoothly. You can be confident you know everything that’s on your plate and that it’ll all get done without a mad dash.
I’ve been told the systems we put in place are life-changing and improve my clients’ relationships with their partners, kids and colleagues. It’s incredible to help women live the lives they want to live — and I’m so grateful I get to be along for the ride.
How would you describe your ideal client?
A busy woman who’s sick of spending so much time and stress on managing life’s to-dos at the expense of focusing on what she’d like to be focusing on. She’s ready to take charge, put in the work, and experience some growing pains, knowing it’s worth it. She’s driven and ready to find time to accomplish goals, be more present with the people she loves, and feel more confident and in control of her time — and, ultimately, her life.
What’s one piece of advice you teach consistently, that would help someone take action today?
Put everything in your calendar. Everything.
Schedule when you’ll leave for that meeting. Calendar a reminder for tonight to prepare the coffee for tomorrow. Put the call-in number for that meeting in the notes section of the event. In short, MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR FUTURE YOU. (Don’t worry — I teach ways to make sure all those reminders don’t clutter up your calendar. If you’re interested, check out this link.)
We are too busy to rely on our brains to remind us to do something right when we need to do it. Instead of beating yourself up for forgetting to do something, acknowledge that your brain is busy with more important things and create systems to fill the gap. Your new organized life starts with your calendar. You can find my top five calendar tips here.
Let's segue to girl talk... Where do you get most of your clothes?
This is something I’m struggling with right now! In my pre-entrepreneur life, I was an attorney, so my clothes were mostly suits and yoga pants for the weekend. Then, I was pregnant and, later, living in nursing tops — so I didn’t invest much in clothes. I’m finally roughly back to my pre-pregnancy body and confronted with a closet of suits and loungewear. Don’t get me wrong — I still live in yoga pants, but I need some variety now that I don’t have to wear a suit 80% of the time. I need help! All suggestions welcome!
What’s the best TV show you’ve binge-watched?
Lately: Splitting Up Together. Ever: Friday Night Lights or The Office.
Can you describe what a night of self-care would look like for you?
Having a glass of wine (or two) and delicious food with a good girlfriend. Or listening to a fun book on tape (ideally, something funny/sweet narrated in a British accent) while tidying up (I’m weird) and going to bed early. Depends on my mood.
Which girl boss are you currently inspired by?
Rachel Hollis. I love her practical tips, her TMI sharing, and her unapologetic-but-not-offensive this-is-who-I-am approach to business and life.
What’s one wellness trend that you have on your list to try?
I really need to get back into meditation. When I was a lawyer, I got into meditation to handle the high stress and combative (yuck) environment. When I left law, my life immediately got more peaceful and my work more collaborative, so I let it slip. However, I love what it did for me in terms of clarity of thought and learning how to turn off the chatter at night. I need to get back into it — especially as I enter the toddler years!
If someone wanted to get to know you better where should they go?
I’m most active on my website and its accompanying blog, www.kellynolan.com, and on Instagram — @kellynolan. Also, I send out emails to my subscribers every two weeks full of practical tips for making your life more manageable. I’d love to hang out with and get to know you!