Nancy Sharp is a writer, columnist and speechwriter and is currently blogging for The Huffington Post. Her forthcoming memoir, Both Sides Now, is about giving birth to twins and learning the same day that her husband’s cancer had returned. The larger story explores what it is like to hold life and death at the same time. Sometimes life really is everything at once.
Nancy has told variations of her own story of loss and renewal to readers of SELF, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day and The Rocky Mountain News. She has also written about the former lost girls of the Sudan for Marie Claire, an Afghani immigrant woman trying to help disabled children in her native Kabul for MORE, and disadvantaged women trying to enter the workforce for SELF. From 2009 to 2011 she wrote the popular “In My View” column for Colorado View Magazine. Columns like “Finding Your Groove” and “Coming Into Motherhood” and “Go There!” drew wide reader response.
For nearly three years Nancy has authored the blog Vivid Living. The slogan, Life in Full Bloom...Thorns and All, captures the way Nancy writes about meeting the pricks in life head-on. Sometimes funny but always poignant, Vivid Living is about finding the meaning and possibilities in everyday life. Through subscribers, personal e-mails, Linked In, her personal and Vivid Living Facebook pages, and Twitter, Nancy’s positive message about life (here and through other essays) is building a growing fan base among thousands of readers. Nancy's blog can also be viewed at The Huffington Post where she writes for Mindful Living.
Because of her passion for storytelling and people, Nancy actively works as a speechwriter. She has written breakthrough keynote speeches for a Fortune 500 CEO (one of only fifteen women to hold this coveted position) and a commencement address for celebrity philanthropist and author Malaak Compton Rock. She is presently working with Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl on a cancer initiative, and will also provide speechwriting support around the centennial anniversary of the Anti Defamation League this fall.
In the past few years, Nancy has been asked to tell her story to Colorado audiences. Select appearances include Temple Micah’s Alvin Goldberg Memorial Hour, The Colorado Author’s League at the Denver Press Club, Women’s Authored Lives at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and two presentations about grief, faith and healing for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. It was through one of these presentations that Nancy was approached to host a cooking show that aligns with her vision of food as love, connection, culture, friendship, healing and hope. “Tasting Life: Conversations at my Kitchen Table” is currently in development.
An ex-New Yorker, Nancy now lives in Denver with her second husband, Steve Saunders, and their four children, ages ten to twenty.
Act II On Any Stage
Renewal is possible at any stage. It’s never too late to begin again, risk again, love again, live again. Through her own experience, research, and tales of others who have also recast their lives, Nancy frames an inspiring philosophy for living fully. Without change – which sometimes requires nothing more than a subtle shift in mindset – we cannot grow, and grow we must in order to live with greater understanding and purpose. Everyday has the potential to be your ACT II so what are you waiting for? Seize your life.
Vivid Living: The Power of Tomorrow
We can no more change the past than change the color of our skin. Our pasts shape us yet we need not be defined by them. By coming to own our stories, we learn that we are whole beyond our experiences. Vivid Living is about finding the meaning and possibilities in life, and infusing a little color, tenacity and passion into your world. This is the power of tomorrow.
Seeing Takes Time
To hope when all is dark is to embrace the human experience. When things happen, how do we redeem them? How can we learn to grasp at faith however it comes? This much is true: carrying our suffering chains us to the past, paralyzing us in small and sometimes innumerable ways.
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