I’d Love To Be Your Coach
My name is Nia Spongberg. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m a life coach who supports clients around time, tasks, and transitions.
I have a strong interest and background in organizing and productivity. When a person discovers their unique “secret recipe” for time and tasks, I believe they free themselves to step into their greatness and accomplish amazing things. Similarly, when a person is facing a major life transition, I believe that intentionally opening up, rather than instinctively closing down, yields beautiful outcomes.
Underpinning my work are the beliefs that teamwork and the human spirit are magical things; the forest and the trees are each worth exploring; and that every challenge is an opportunity in disguise.
I coach clients locally and nationally by phone and by Zoom. If you’re in Ann Arbor we can also meet and coach in person. If you’re curious about working together, let’s talk!
Why I Love Coaching
I love its simplicity.
At its core, coaching is rooted in dialogue: two people sharing a humble conversation that has the potential to transform a life. Helping people in this simple way to get acquainted with their awesomeness and grow into highly competent, resourceful thinkers and doers brings me joy.
I’m moved by its intimacy.
The coaching partnership is a special place – a “room” of sorts, devoid of risk and judgment, filled with trust and respect – where clients have the rare opportunity to show up, be vulnerable, explore topics they deem important, and practice engaging in new ways – all in a structured and supported way.
I’m inspired by its power.
The sudden, awed silence or widening, hyper-alert eyes of a client who’s in the middle of an “aha moment” are just two manifestations of the power that coaching holds – to bring insight and shift us out of old, unhelpful patterns into new ways of thinking and being which bring us to life!
I was born and raised near Boston.
As a kid I spent a lot of time outdoors and fell in love with hiking, canoeing, and the land. On a given day, you might have found me up in a pine tree, collecting frogs, or building a stick fort. I was athletic and enjoyed a lot of team sports, and this love of sport has carried throughout my life. I graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine with a B.A. in Government and Environmental Studies.
My career path has been an adventure.
In 2012, shortly after moving to Michigan, I turned my lifelong passion for organizing and productivity into my career – and started my own professional organizing business called Spruced Up Spaces, LLC. Prior to that I’d run a bed & breakfast in California, managed a sales team for a renewable energy company in Oregon, and coordinated the development office at a nonprofit farm/education center in Vermont. In 2014, in conjunction with my work as an organizer, I got curious about coaching. I enrolled in a course which proved to be the start of a wonderful (and ongoing) learning journey and period of significant personal and professional growth in my life. After offering a hybrid mix of organizing and coaching to my clients for three years from 2016-2019, I transitioned fully into coaching on July 1, 2019.
Life beyond work is important to me.
When I’m not working, you’ll likely find me gardening, hiking, golfing, reading, taking photos (the pictures on this site are mine), making paste paper (my newest passion!), or indulging my passion for trees and wood. I love the Adirondack Mountains, juicy summer peaches, art and craft fairs, the quiet hours of the early morning, river swimming, road trips, laughter, a clear desk, and the vibrant greens of spring. I’m married to my dear partner, Mollie. We have one very opinionated and deaf kitty named Boo, and one very sweet and deferential dog named Chicory.
I take my professional development seriously. I want to be the best coach possible for you. You can click each item below to learn more about my credentials.
Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
I’m an ACC. This credential is awarded by the International Coach Federation. It recognizes coaches who have completed at least 60 hours of coach-specific training, logged 10 hours of mentor coaching, demonstrated 100 hours of coaching with clients, and passed ICF’s Coach Knowledge Assessment (a 155-question test). If you’re curious, you can read more about the ACC credential.
Certified Organizer Coach (COC)
I’m a COC®. This credential is awarded by the Institute for Applied Coaching™. It recognizes coaches who have completed the Coach Approach for Organizers foundation program, a graduate seminar, and an independent project. It also involves receiving extensive trainer feedback, passing two written exams and coaching assessments, and accruing 100 coaching hours. If you’re curious, you can read more about the COC® credential.
Certified Professional Organizer (CPO)
I’m a CPO®. This credential is awarded by the Board of Certification of Professional Organizers®. It recognizes professional organizers who have met specific minimum standards and proven through examination and organizing with clients (1,500 hours within 3 years) that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. If you’re curious, you can read more about the CPO® credential.
My Professional Affiliations
As a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) I am bound by their Codes of Ethics. I participate in their educational offerings, attend conferences, and network with peers so that I can grow my knowledge and better support you. I’m also a member of ICF Michigan, and a former board member of NAPO Michigan.