I'm Nicole Testa. I coach and create experiences for mindful women who want to contribute to a more peaceful and loving world, without sacrificing their well-being in the process.

I’m passionate about finding sustainable ways to slow down, restore within, and gain a fresh perspective so we can love ourselves and each other more.

I believe that love is the answer and that when we care for ourselves, we care for the world.

I look forward to helping your restore and shine your light!

What I care about.


My gratitude list usually includes the abundance of love in my life, my new marriage, beautiful conversations, delicious food, laughter, music, and whatever went right that day.

Living In Our Strengths

It is proven that when we are operating from our strengths we feel the most fulfilled, the most powerful and the most joyful. According to the StrengthsFinder assessment, my tops strengths are connectedness, empathy, developer, woo, and communication.

Moments of Joy

Finding joy throughout my day is so important. Some experiences that bring me joy are sharing delicious food and conversation with others, watching SNL or something else that makes me laugh, walking my dog while chatting with a girlfriend, and exploring new restaurants and all that Chicago offers with my sweet husband.

Personal Clarity

I’m always looking for tools and resources that help me feel like my experience in this world is authentic and not like I’m just going through the motions and living someone else’s truth. That’s why I love coaching, retreats, and women’s circles they help me access a deeper sense of inner peace, clarity, and purpose.


Talk around self-care is all the rage these days and can mean many different things to many different people. For me, self-care is about cultivating a more compassionate relationship with myself, others, and the world. It’s what brings me hope and peace when the world is scary. Read more about what self-care means to me here.

Serving Sustainably

In my experiences working in casting for film/TV, hospitality, and non-profit management I’ve witnessed and experienced first-hand the frustration and fatigue that comes from giving, giving, and giving without refilling our cup. I’m devoted to exploring how we can to serve others and ourselves soulfully and sustainably.

“My experience working with Nicole was transformational in subtle yet powerful ways. I don’t think it would have been nearly as helpful if it wasn’t for her nonjudgmental and very gentle approach. I found Nicole held a safe space for me to share my biggest challenges and my joys as well. This kind of work takes trust and the ability to be vulnerable and together we made this possible. Nicole is gifted in that she uses her intuition, wisdom, and listening skills to be present and be a guiding light on your journey. Self-acceptance/love and practicing gratitude are both so important to living an authentic and happy life, and Nicole encourages both while practicing them in her daily life too. Coaching with Nicole is an incredible gift to give yourself or to give to someone you love!”

Katie 1:1 Coaching Client, Retreat Participant

“Nicole is so passionate about helping others find the balance they crave! She is gifted in assisting others by listening then giving strategies that fit your life and lifestyle! In my time working with Nicole, she helped me re-align my life to a more centered, happy, and “full” place. Thank you, Nicole, for giving of your talents and spirit. What a blessing you are to those who are fortunate enough to get to call you coach!”

Erin 1:1 Coaching Client

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Nicole for years and have enjoyed having her as my go-to person for guidance, support, and perspective. She has a way about her that instantly and naturally makes you feel safe, loved, accepted, and held in the highest regard. She has always had the uncanny ability for setting the energy/tone for a space or event, seeming to know exactly what the group wants and needs. I highly recommend working with Nicole in any capacity that you can, as she will surely guide you to where your soul has been urging you to go.” 

Nova CPCC, Spiritual Alignment Coach, CWG Coach

“Nicole has a knack for opening you to all you have to love about yourself. She creates a safe and non-competitive place and space of no judgment, a wonderful environment of not only self-love, but love and true compassion. Through her beautiful presence and her own honest work with self-love and alignment, she guides with an open heart and mind.”

Alia Retreat Participant

Education, training, and certifications:

  • BA, University of Minnesota (Theatre Arts)
  • Certified Professional Coach, Impact Coaching Academy
  • Co-Active Coach, Coaches Training Institute
  • Certified Tiny Habits Coach
  • RTA- Certified Facilitator
  • Embody Love Movement Facilitator