I’m Nicole Antoinette, and I’m obsessed with helping you build a bullshit-free life.
Which really means I help you do three things:
1. Change your story – the one you tell about yourself, to yourself – so that you can ditch the perfectionism and self-limiting beliefs and finally get out of your own way
2. Change your habits - because changing your life is really about changing what you do on a regular, repeat basis
3. Harness the power of obsession - so that you can systematically learn how to get everything you want, one thing at a time
So, if you’re tired of all the bullshit, and if you’re ready to ditch what you think you should want in favor of what you actually do want, then let me give you a big “HELL YEAH,” because you’re totally in the right place.
Are you nodding along?
Excellent – I knew you were one of my people. And if the thought of working together makes you nod even harder, you can click here to learn more about what I do and who I work with.
In the meantime, let’s get to know each other a little bit, shall we?
12 Random Facts About Me
1. When I was four years old, I used to bite people. Finally, my exasperated mother warned me that if I ever bit her again, she’d bite me back. Well, I bit her again, so she bit me back. Guess what, parents of the world? That shit works.
2. I currently live in Los Angeles, a place I swore I’d never live again when I left (for the third time) in August 2009. Note to self: You think you know what the future has in store for you? Hahahaha.
3. If you’re reading this in January of 2014, it’s been 2 years and 8 months since I quit drinking, just over 2 years since I started the process of building a sugar-free life, and 18 months since I transitioned into a fully plant-based diet. If you’re reading this later than January of 2014, I trust that you can do the math on your own.
4. I am absolutely obsessed with green smoothies. And it looks like I’m not alone, because 68,000+ people have shared my Ultimate Green Smoothie Formula.
5. I’m an endurance runner (for Oiselle Team) who went from never playing sports or doing anything even remotely athletic to spending all of my money on races and running skirts. If you want to read about the time I ran an unofficial marathon through Central Park, click here. If you want to hear about the time I just barely broke 2-hours in the half marathon, click here. If you want to know how I got started with running, see my favorite running gear, and grab some useful free resources, click here. If you want to avoid being gently peer pressured into running with me sometime in the near future, well fuck, I think it’s probably too late for that. As all of my friends will tell you, I’m shockingly good at convincing people to do shit with me. They call it “The Nicole Effect.” I call it bullying done right.
6. In fifth grade, my best friend got suspended from school for skipping recess to make out with her boyfriend at the bottom of a stairwell. I escaped the situation with a slap on the wrist and a warning from the principal that “real friends shouldn’t ask you to guard the door while they engage in un-ladylike behavior.” Now, 18+ years later, I can assure you that, actually, that’s exactly what real friends should do.
7. I have a BS in Food Studies from NYU, and I spent three years teaching cooking classes at Williams Sonoma. If I’m being honest, the highlight of those three years was the afternoon I sold $650 worth of baking supplies to Mary Kate Olsen. A close second was the time a large, high-powered chocolate fountain exploded all over me and the 25+ people who were watching me demonstrate “how easy” it was to use.
8. My inexplicable and undying obsession with the Twilight Saga has reached a point where between the original books themselves and the eleventy thousand supplementary books of critical essays I’ve purchased and refuse to get rid of, I’m about to need a new bookcase. Seriously. Seriously. What can I say? The heart wants what it wants.
9. I spent the first five years of my professional life as Director of a children’s summer camp, where I learned two important lessons: 1) Every person, no matter how small, should be allowed to express an opinion, and 2) I look really awesome in purple facepaint.
10. Once, when I was unemployed, I did an unpaid internship with The Bloggess in which I was tasked to research porn movie titles, falcon hunting habits, and oddly shaped potatoes. To this day, I still think of Jenny whenever I see a particularly peculiar spud at the grocery store.
11. I sincerely believe that everyone should write a personal manifesto. My (somewhat non-traditional) one can be found right here. (Warning: so much swearing!)
Life Less Bullshit – As Featured On…
I’ve given talks on motivation, self-limiting beliefs, goal-fulfillment, long distance running, and entrepreneurship at conferences such as World Domination Summit and Find & Follow Your Passion, and I’ve been interviewed about everything from making big life changes to how handle the emotional challenges of quitting sugar to the value of unrealistic goals to how to build a strong online community to quirky (but wildly effective) productivity tips by sites such as The Huffington Post UK, Lifehacker, No Meat Athlete, Your Kick Ass Life, Strength Running, Brent Smith Lifestyle, Stratejoy, Tech Cocktail, Young Female Entrepreneurs, and more.
Want a peek at my professional bio, headshots, and a list of topics I can’t shut up about? Click here!
Kind & Lovely Praise
“I’ve always been a big goal-setter and personal development junkie, but I’ve also always struggled with turning what I wanted to accomplish into my actual reality. I’ve worked with Nicole for over two years in setting and accomplishing the big goals in my life. Since I began working with her, I have accomplished more than I ever thought possible: I’ve run five races, had my writing published six times, and launched a business, to name a few. And I attribute the change – that shift from the goal-setting me who dreamed big and accomplished almost nothing to the goal-setting me who achieves a lot more of what she really wants – to Nicole and her unique approach. Her take on the psychology behind motivation, why we want the things we want, how to optimize your time, and how to achieve those goals you inherently want to achieve, is unrivaled and brilliant. And her own life is a testament to the value of her approach – in one year, she overhauled her diet and ran the New York Marathon (to name just a few changes)! These are the kind of results I’m looking for - big, exhilarating, positive changes in my life – and I consistently get them with Nicole.” - Jenna Britton, Writer & PR Rockstar
“Choosing to run my first half-marathon with Nicole’s program has been one of the best decisions of my life. Aside from including every detail I wanted into the training materials, Nicole made herself available via email and the Facebook group to answer even the silliest questions (no really: I emailed her about how to work the water bottles of my running belt). When you’re training for your first major race, you are going to want the community that comes from being a member of From 0 to 13.1 along with the solid, timely, and always supportive advice and answers straight from Nicole and Coach Ryan. My race is in a little over two weeks and I couldn’t feel more ready, thanks to Nicole!” – Amy T, From 0 – 13.1 member
“From the moment I first met her, Nicole struck me as a grab-life-by-the-balls, no bullshit go-getter who is brilliant at going after what she wants. But as I got to know her better, I realized that she is all of those things WITH a huge heart and deep passion for helping others at the same time. Her lifestyle changes in the last few years have been incredibly inspiring to me, but it’s also the direct, transparent, hilarious way that she shares them with her community that puts her in my “must-read-right-now” folder. Whether it’s a blog post, book, course or meet-up, Nicole truly has a gift for helping others make things happen in their own lives—without the woo woo overcoat—in a meaningful, lasting way. ” - Jenny Blake, Life Coach and Author of Life After College
“Nicole’s approach to goal-setting and accountability has been a hallmark in many of the successes I’ve had over the past few years. She has taught me how to be productive (um, stop doing the shit that doesn’t matter), how to set meaningful goals that are truly important to me and not things I think I should be doing, and how to prepare for the obstacles and excuses that may try to jump in my way. She asks insightful questions that get to the heart of the matter, and always seems to know the exact moment to move from asking questions to creating a plan. Nicole is fierce, no-bullshit, compassionate, and understanding, and she uses those mad skills to karate-chop her way through all of my fears and excuses so that all I’m left with is a straightforward and exciting plan for moving forward.” – Doniree Walker, Blogger & Founder of Eff Yeah Media
“Nicole is a force of nature. She takes her finely-honed insight and drills it straight into the center of your soul, coaxing out what you truly want and then presenting you with a detailed, but not overwhelming, plan to actually get it. I’m pretty sure she’s a wizard.” – Amber Adrian, Copywriter & Blogger
“My favorite part about Nicole is her unrelenting honesty. If she doesn’t like something, she’ll tell you. If she struggled with something, she’ll tell you. She never sugarcoats her experiences, and that’s what makes her so great to work with. She makes it very clear that she didn’t just wake up one day as a vegan-eating, endurance running machine. She worked hard for it – and you can do exactly the same.” - Ameena Khan, Blogger
“As someone who prefers honesty over sugar-coating, I fully appreciate and seek out Nicole’s brand of no-nonsense, real-life advice on goal setting, self-discipline and embracing your truth. Whether you want to become a runner, change careers, move across the country or the world, start your own business or turn online connections into real-life friends and collaborators, Nicole is the person to turn to for bullshit-free inspiration on achieving those big dreams, handling change and accepting who you really are, no matter what.” - Kelly Hayes, Asst. Athletics Director, Communications & Events