Meet Nicole Dauz
Reclaim Your Happiness. Prioritize Self-Sare
My mission is to change the story around caregiving and celebrate the journey. I honor the role of the caregiver by helping them recognize their worth and their true gifts.
I help parents prioritize self-care so they can lead happier lives for themselves, their family, and their children with autism and disabilities.
Because at my baby girl's 12-month check-up, I was delivered the news that changed my life.
Summer was delayed and would require intensive therapy to walk, use her hands, and speak.
I would later find out she had autism and a rare genetic disease. In and out of doctor's appointments, my personality changed.
I became sarcastic, passive-aggressive and felt lost and unhappy. I told myself I couldn't improve my life because my daughter's intellectual disability wouldn't change. So, I held my head high and suppressed my emotions.
Then one day, I had a panic attack at work and was carried out of the office on a stretcher. My body forced me to see I was not okay.
I was stressed, overwhelmed, and impatient. I knew my kids deserved a better version of me. As did I.
That set off a 7-year journey towards emotional healing and self-care that got me to where I am today.
Here, sharing my lessons learned so that fellow parent caregivers can skip over the years of trial and error and the struggle that I went through so they can regain control of their life and experience joy.
Inner work is hard. Autism and disability parents are doing a great job caring for their child, but they know deep down they're not taking care of themselves.
There is no shame in needing support and accountability to achieve self-care. Experience is my teacher, and I love sharing the tools and strategies that have helped me regain control of my life by finding the pieces of me that I lost when I became a caregiver.
Coaching: My Caregiver Transformation Program is a 9-month journey that moves caregivers from exhaustion, stress, and overwhelm to a place of peace, self-awareness, and inner happiness.
Speaking: I create customized keynotes to inspire people to prioritize self-care to improve their mental health and well-being.
Writing: I use humor, personal stories, and practical advice on overcoming obstacles and excuses preventing caregivers from prioritizing their needs.