In a world where people feel invisible, I love helping them be seen... To themselves first, then to the rest of the world.
Words of Praise
My respect and admiration run deep for Nicole. As a three-time cancer survivor and a woman of extreme emotional and physical strength, she’s what heroes are made of. But my desire to really know her came the moment she opened her mouth and started telling her story. She has the ability to speak and inspire from the heart. Don’t misunderstand, she can still geek out with the best of them, but she truly knows the intersection of the head and heart.
- Monica Epperson, MA, CPLC
Hi! I'm Nicole
survivor, overcomer, wellness warrior, Life Designer, and coach.
Oh… and a book loving nature nerd with a cute coffee shop obsession :)
I recently traded in city life and world travels for a tiny mountain village with the man of my dreams. Some of my happiest days are spent at a cute coffee shop creating content that will help you live more intentionally and design a meaningful life you love.
After being diagnosed with cancer three times before the age of 30 and losing some of the people closest to me, I became viscerally aware of how precious our health and happiness are.
While I pride myself on living life on purpose now, only a few years ago, I was guilty of walking through the motions and feeling stuck in life. But then one question changed it all…
Is that coffin for me?
This is the question and fear I had to face when I was 27.
I remember it clear as day… I had recently “recovered” from my first cancer diagnosis, and was at the cemetery with my grandmother. My mother had recently passed away, and we were planning her funeral when my grandmother, on a whim, decided to buy an additional burial plot next to my mom.
It took me years before I said this out loud, but in that moment, all I could think was she shares my fear...she thinks I’m going die. She’s buying that coffin for me.
As terrifying as this feeling was, the saddest part about it was that this wasn’t the first time I had feared for my life. This fear is something I’ve had to live with for as long as I can remember. It’s one of the most predominant feelings I remember from my childhood.
But this was the first time I realized the weight of it, and it woke me up in life.
Facing this question, this fear… it was one of the many trying, yet pivotal moments in my life, and it changed the trajectory of my whole life.
Some might say I wasn’t dealt the best deck of cards in life. I grew up in an abusive home surrounded by drugs, alcohol, and neglect. But even with the odds stacked against me, I became relentlessly committed to overcoming the circumstances of my upbringing at a young age.
I did everything in my power to rise above it, to become something more, to make something of myself… and when it finally seemed like I had, well that’s when life sent me some serious wake up calls.
It's still hard to believe, but between the ages of 25 and 30 I was diagnosed with cancer three times, faced over a dozen other precancerous scares, lost the people closest to me to cancer, went through a major layoff, had my heart broken, survived a terrorist attack, almost entirely lost my voice...
And watched my grandmother, my shining light in life, go from being healthy to fighting for and losing her life in a matter of months.
My life crumbled.
Every time I felt like I was on solid ground again, I was viciously knocked back down.
I had every reason to crumble or give up.
But I didn’t. I refused.
Instead I looked at each experience as a wake up call in life.
While yes each of these trying times shook me to my core and challenged me in ways I never thought possible. Each also gave me a whole new perspective on life.... opened my eyes to how precious life is, what means the most, and that it’s up to us to make the most of it.
With that I became relentlessly committed to all things wellness, personal growth, and living life on purpose.
I reorganized my life around family, friends, and connection. Got in the best shape of my life. Made my own happiness and inner peace a priority. Started and built a six figure business while simultaneously living out my dream of traveling the world. Became a certified life coach. Fell in love with myself, my life, and an amazing man who adds to it all.
Transformed from a shy insecure girl to a woman who THRIVES on using her voice to inspire and empower others to take the reins on their own life.
But more than anything I discovered that life experiences, our pain, and adversity… it gives us some of the most precious gifts in life. It opens us up and allows us to help others in so many ways.
While I don’t wish the adversity, trauma, and fear I’ve experienced in my life on anyone.. I do wish I could share the powerful lessons and perspectives that have come out of them.
That’s what I strive to do now.
Before my grandmother passed away she challenged me. Even though everything seemed great on the outside in my life, she could see through the lie. She could see how unhappy and unfulfilled I was. She told me I was meant for more. She believed in me before I could believe in myself.
It was hard to see at the time, but after she passed away I made a promise to live up to her belief and carry out her legacy. With that my business, my mission, and Higher Level Living was born ❤
I truly believe we’re all capable of Higher Level Living.
We just have to decide we want to.
And from there it’s not about having it all figured or going it alone. It’s about being intentional with your life, discovering your truth, and taking it one step at a time.
Let me guide you along your own journey towards personal success, peace, happiness, and freedom. Together let’s unlock your own inner greatness.
I offer coaching, mentorship, and courses designed to give you hope, clarity, and empowerment in your pursuit of a more meaningful life full of peace, happiness, and purpose.
I’d love to believe in you like my gram believed in me.
To your happiness and higher level living,