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HI, I’m Kathleen

For over 14 years, Kathleen Pickrel has worked with people both on an individual level and within a corporate structure, providing support, helping to clarify goals and establishing a framework to ultimately achieve those goals.

With her company, Choose Congruency, she works with individuals who want a crystal-clear vision and businesses that want great employees. This involves helping people and businesses become clear on where they are, where they would like to be, and the steps to help bridge the gap between those two. Kathleen has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging, motivating, practical

Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

As I licensed clinical social worker I am a fan of self help books for myself, my family and my clients and am always on the hunt for new approaches for self improvement. I believe I have found a gem with this book. The author is professional yet personable and relatable. . She offers a very practical, step by step guide for change in a very motivating a friendly manner. The author shares her own struggles and successes as examples throughout the book which is a useful strategy to make the reader feel motivated, supported and hopeful. I particularly appreciated the worksheets included in the book which are used to guide the reader through the change process. I will certainly utilize the strategies suggested in this book for my own personal growth and will recommend it to others as well.
– Laura H

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a self-help book that will actually 'help'!

Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2019

Format: Paperback

There’s no shortage of self-help books, several of which I have read, only to become immobilized by how much work there is to be done on myself! That’s why ‘It Is What It Is…’ really appeals to me. It’s short, an easy read, to the point, and broken down into measurable steps. I appreciate the author shares her own examples which is helping to guide me as to how to apply the steps. It occurred to me while reading the book that I can strive to be the person I WANT to be, even if it’s not yet who I am. In other words, an image of the fit, healthy and attractive woman I want to define myself as, will help me to get there by mimicking the actions of someone who already is there.
-Janelle M

5.0 out of 5 stars For those of you reading this review and are happy with your life as it is, then stop reading NOW.

For those of you reading this review and are happy with your life as it is, then stop reading NOW. If you are one of those people who has gotten to this place and time feeling that your life should be better and are ready to change your life then this book is for you. I was that person and wish I could have had Kathleen’s book 45 years ago. You see, I was a Human Doing rather than a Human Being. I was Doing as I was told what to do. Dad said, “Gerry you should be good at math.” I became good at math. Dad said, “You should study to be an engineer.” I was an engineer for 20 years often thinking that the word work belong with those other four-letter words…the ones that start with “f” and “s.” Kathleen’s book will allow you to become a Human Being when you choose to follow the simple exercises in the book. You will now be free to make your own decisions so as to create the life you want. Rather than others telling what is good for you the choice will be yours. If you are a dreamer of how life can be better then this book will show you how to make those dreams reality. There was a time that my life was in a place that needed an agent for change. Had It Is What It Is … Now What?! been available then it would have changed my life for the better. I would have become a Human Being 45 years sooner. – Gerry Rose

5.0 out of 5 stars This book "cuts to the chase with simple and direct tools for transformation!"

“It is What It Is . . . Now What?! speaks to the heroic in the reader. In minutes you know you better summon some courage, expect some hard work, and do a bit of soul searching.  The multitude of successful examples and meaty workbook tell you, almost immediately, if you aren’t successful at whatever your heart’s desire after reading and applying what you learn, then YOU must be responsible for your choices.  She gives you a map that enables you to realize your dream, she talks back to your inner naysayers, and suggests videos, books, mentors, places, and ideas that all support you.

The book asks you to introvert and then mine your own inner gold.  It helps flush out obstacles and then plan the necessary action.  I love the quote, ‘if opportunity doesn’t knock, create a door!’ She cuts to the chase with simple and direct tools for transformation.

I met Kathleen in Toastmasters meetings  before she made all her personal changes and I must say she is a living testament to the importance and success one may find if the principles and practices she discusses are applied.

When you finish you know who you are, where you are going, and what to do to make it happen! Thank you Kathleen!”    – Gail A.

5.0 out of 5 stars Create your focused path in just a few hours with this book

Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2019

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

I really liked how manageable this book is compared to lengthy books or courses. You can actually read it and work on the workbook pages in a few hours, thus giving you a finished product to assist you in goal setting right away. The information is useful and relevant and the workbook pages are ideal for progress! A must buy!
– Kristen W

5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to simply be your best with this book!

Not only is Ms.Pickrel a master of social work, she is a master of helping others deal with change. As we all know everyone has problems with living. This thought provoking book is a step by step guide that walks you through the process of foucing on your goals and the habits you need to change to reach them. Loved this book! – David Jacobson

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    Why Choose Kathleen


    “During my transition from one job to the other, I was struggling with self-confidence. I was hesitant to try coaching because I didn’t know what to expect. However, working with Kathleen was delightful! Her warm and charming presence coupled with her straightforward method facilitated my process of self-discovery and, ultimately, strengthen my confidence. Her book is excellent, too. The exercises are practical and the examples useful. I really like the illustrations, which shed light on the concepts and bring a lightheartedness to the process. Kathleen believed in me until I was able to believe in myself! If you’re struggling with something, give Kathleen a call. I highly recommend her services.”

    ~ Leslie Bosch, PhD


    As a highly respected Clinical Social Worker, group facilitator, teacher and preceptor in the Tucson community, I am delighted to recommend Kathleen Pickrel to work with you and/or your team.  She is one of the most authentic and inspiring women personally and professionally with whom you will definitely feel confident in working with. Her high level of compassion and skill have helped her clients who were often dealing with life threatening  conditions and dire psychosocial circumstances to rediscover hope, to resolve what appeared to be insurmountable difficulties, to achieve behavioral changes and strategies, to develop healthier coping strategies and to manifest greater wellness. Kathleen works tirelessly for her clients and is amazing at locating needed resources. Kathleen will help you individually or as a company to achieve new successes, reach for greatness and manifest the best that is possible.

    ~ Marsha Drozdoff

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    “I had the pleasure of working with Kathleen recently in a leadership coaching capacity. She is an incredible listener who has a keen ability to foster the right environment for change, learning and personal growth. She has a reasonable and practical approach to her clients and a knack for bringing out the best in leaders. Her professionalism and warmth allowed me to immediately connect with her so learning and growing occurred in each session. She uncovers roadblocks and helps her clients reach better outcomes quickly. I recommend Kathleen to new and experienced leaders looking to improve their work and personal lives.”

    ~Kristen Walker, MS, PHR

    Kathleen's Blog

    Who, me?! Stressed?!

    Who knew life could change so much in just a few weeks? Wow! In the blink of an eye, I’m no longer stopping to pick up my daily Starbucks and saying hi to the regulars; my work day now revolves around shifts of screening patients and staff who want to come into our center; and […]

    Just Say No to New Year’s Resolutions

    Repeat after me: I promise myself…I will never again…make a New Year’s resolution!  Ahhhh, doesn’t that feel good? Just feel the release…  Never again will you feel the pressure on January 1 of tackling some big change in your life that you hope you can accomplish, but in your heart of hearts, you are really […]

    Sometimes It Is Hard to Be Thankful

    I remember, as a child, sitting at the dinner table refusing to eat “those disgusting peas”- I really despised peas! – and my mother telling me that I should be thankful for the food because there were starving children in China.  If you are of my generation, your parents probably said something similar. Did it […]

    Are You Asking the Right Question?

    I was sitting next to my coworker recently as she was desperately trying to submit an evaluation for a conference she had attended. It was the last day to submit in order to receive the continuing education credits (CEUs) she needed for her license, and the computer was not cooperating. After a few hours of […]

    One Small Change

    I had an annoying problem for quite some time.  You see, every time I went to find my keys in my purse, I became frustrated as I rifled through every nook and cranny of the purse – sometimes two or three times – before ultimately being triumphant in pulling the elusive wad of keys out […]

    Is it a Goal or a Wish? The Difference is Huge!

    I would like to lose weight. I am thinking about going back to school. I wish I could spend more time with my kids. I want to start going to the gym. How many times have you had these or similar thoughts, perhaps with every intention of following through?  You may have even made a […]

    How an Effective Evaluation Changed my Life

    Using the “Sandwich” Method Do you cringe at the thought of having to give feedback? Whether it is evaluating an employee’s performance or giving a friend or loved one feedback when requested, the prospect of giving a positive yet helpful appraisal can be a tricky prospect.  I find giving an effective evaluation one of the […]

    What I Learned From Ordering Coffee

    As I sit here in my local coffee shop, sipping away on my iced venti two-pump caramel latte, I can’t help but think back with a smile to the first time I ordered coffee – how difficult and overwhelming placing that first order felt, and how I learned a valuable lesson with that simple interaction. […]

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    Phone: (520)-775-1965