I’m an introvert at heart with a creative spirit, and I’m fascinated by growth and stories.

What are the stories you tell about yourself?  What might be possible if you chose a new story going forward?

I believe that you are whole and complete, exactly as you are, no matter what.  And:  you are writing the story of your life as you go.  What is this next chapter about?

Mindfulness brings our attention to the present moment, with curiosity and kindness.  Curiosity is your ally in all things.  We are always learning.

Sometimes it’s hard, being a human.

I grew up hearing stories of transformation:  of my mother’s childhood in a small village in the Philippines, of my father’s early years on a small farm in the Midwest, and how they each created a path beyond the edges of the familiar.  Eventually their paths crossed, and they moved to California to begin a new life.

In my 20s I went to law school, studied International Human Rights, clerked in the Public Defender’s office, and externed for a Federal District Court judge. I passed the California Bar Exam.

But along the way, I had learned a lot more about myself and the legal profession.

I think I’m in the wrong place, I thought.  And so I pivoted, working in one of the top legal publishing companies.

In my 30s, I had risen to Director and was managing a team of 18 and a $3M content portfolio.

Then, a series of happenings over about 2 years shook me up and I asked myself the question that changed my life:

If I lived my life as though it mattered to me, what would that look like?

You see, I realized that I had been going through the motions.

I suddenly saw that I was giving my life away to a job, a career that didn’t mean anything to me.  And because of what I had experienced of loss — you truly never know how much time you get on the planet — I was no longer ok with just going through the motions.

What do I want to do with my time on the planet?

How do I want to live?

What do I really want to offer, to contribute?

Answering those questions has brought me here.

You are gifted with a life.  You do not get to keep it, you only get to give it away.

How do you want to live the gift of your life?


Kim Nicol is a certified life coach with a deep practice in mindfulness.

As a coach, she helps her clients move forward in work and life by aligning to their values, connecting to their purpose, and trusting their inner guidance.

As a facilitator, her clients include: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Everlane, Airbnb, Sephora, and the Cartier Women’s Initiative.

Kim teaches Crash Course for New Managers at General Assembly, and is the host of The New Manager Podcast.

She is a meditation teacher for WITHIN meditation.  You can find her meditation tracks on InsightTimer and Simple Habit.

She is a former lawyer.

Her coach training is through UC Davis.  She is an accredited ACC coach and member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  In 2020 she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the ICF Sacramento Chapter.