Kim Becking is a nationally recognized and sought after author, blogger, speaker and life coach. More importantly, Kim is a cancer, divorce and life thriver who teaches others how to not only survive, but thrive after unexpected changes, challenges and adversity, creating an awesome new life on their own terms.
She is a “recovering” attorney, a successful business owner, a community activist, a patient advocate and more importantly a “survivor” who provides messages of hope, inspiration and humor and encourages people to find their voice and use life’s stumbling blocks to rebuild their lives.
Kim “gets” challenge. She understands the need to reframe and reclaim herself when life tosses her a curve ball. Her challenges have been faced by many of us. Kim has a passion to tell her story and share the tools she used to not only survive, but thrive. It’s a story she can tell through many chapters: her battle with cancer, the demands of owning her own business, patient advocacy, the balance of being a working mother, the unexpected challenges of marriage, family and divorce, having a second chance at love, remarrying a widower with two small children, and adjusting to a fabulous new life in a blended household as Kim Becking – mom of three, party of five.
Kim graduated with honors from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and received her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Kim currently resides in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband, Jason, and her three children, Brandon (15), Adelaide (13) and Jack (10). She continues to make every day count – looking forward and living life.
Kim’s book, Nordie’s at Noon- the Personal Stories of Four Women “Too Young” for Breast Cancer,” has received national acclaim and been featured in publications such as People, SELF, and The New York Times. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, MariaShriver.com and DivorcedMoms.com.
Kim shares that we aren’t defined by our past, and she feels that her struggles have been some of the biggest gifts she has ever received. As well, she considers them learning opportunities.
“(My struggle) brought me to a point where I’m happier than I ever thought I could be”
She says that being bitter, scared or afraid to move forward will keep you living in the past.
After being diagnosed with cancer, Kim realized that we only get one life to life. She considers the diagnosis as her “wake-up call”, but shares that you don’t have to go through cancer to realize what a precious gift life is.
Practicing self-care is one thing that will help people move forward today.
“We have to take care of ourselves before we can take care of everyone else around us”
Kim challenges listeners to do one thing for themselves this week. For her, it’s learning to breath and to recognize as well as focusing on her priorities.
It’s acceptable to say “no” and not feel guilty about hurting someone’s feelings. Learning to do this will allow yourself to say “yes” to your priorities.
Kim feels it is her responsibility to share her story to help others. She hopes it will empower others to share their own stories.
“I really do feel like we all have our own stories”
By sharing our hard times, it lets people know that they’re not alone.
Kim is releasing a program specifically geared towards divorced women, early in 2016. It will be an online coaching program, 8 weeks in length, and will help women answer the “now what?” question and help them figure out where to go next in life.
She also has an e-book being released in the first quarter of 2016, which will focus on the topic of unexpected change.
Her current book, “Nordie’s at Noon” is available for purchase on her website, as well as her “Hope Notes” newsletter (see “INTERVIEW LINKS”).
Asking for help was one of the biggest lessons that Kim has learned. She recommends to others that they build a “soulful community” of their own tribe.
“I would not have made it through everything I faced without my family and friends”
Book: "Nordie's at Noon"
Blog post mentioned in the interview: Here’s to ThanksLIVING – And Being ALIVE