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?

You are writing the story of your life as you go.  What is this next chapter about?

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 was a Director 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 life coach.

She uses mindfulness, appreciative inquiry and possibility thinking to help her clients become more confident, effective leaders.  Her clients gain clarity, courage, and self-trust in creating their life and being more of who they want to be in the world.

Currently, she is a Program Manager at LinkedIn, working on Learning & Development for their global manager population.

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.  She holds multiple degrees from Santa Clara University.

Kim teaches at WITHIN meditation.  She lives in San Francisco.  She loves plants, energy healing, and horses.