I'm Nicole Testa. I help heart-centered women reduce stress and restore their passion and purpose so they can make a positive impact on the world without sacrificing their well-being in the process.

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Whether it be through the mini-retreats on my blog, personal coaching, or joining a women's group. I look forward to helping you restore and shine your light!

What I care about

Personal Sustainability

In my experiences working in the entertainment, hospitality, and non-profit industries 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 serve soulfully and sustainably.


Self-care can mean many different things to many different people. For me, self-care is about cultivating a more compassionate relationship with myself and as a result others and the world. Read more about what self-care means to me here.


Mindfulness has helped me access a deeper sense of inner peace, connection, and compassion. Each day I strive to slow down and connect with my breath so I can be more engaged with the people and experiences that matter the most to me. I’m definitely not zen and present all the time but I try to show up for myself and others, and I’ve come to realize- that’s more than enough. It’s plenty.

Community & Sisterhood

I’m beyond blessed to continually experience the power and magic that occurs when women come together in a supportive community. This support has helped me heal and navigate some of the best and worst times in my life. It’s my privilege and delight to create opportunities for women to come together in sisterhood, where our inner light is seen, held, and protected.

Gratitude & Moments of Joy

My experiences have taught me that gratitude is the gateway to abundance and joy. Each day I take stock of all the blessings and gifts in my life and intentionally seek out moments of joy. 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.

Living On Purpose

I believe people are born with a purpose, a reason we are on this planet. The gift we are meant to bring. Our purpose is not about a job or even a career. It’s the every-day-of-our-life expression and of who we are when we are reaching our full potential. When we’re not living on purpose, we can feel stuck, disconnected, and overwhelmed. Coaching has helped me to articulate my purpose and I’m honored to help others do the same.

“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