Success Stories

“I was surprised at how quickly you got to the source of the problem…You were able to uncover it with tact, grace and TLC. I was happy to divulge it all to you because you made me feel this sense of unrushed comfort. I always feel so relaxed and accepted in your presence even though we are usually having one of the deepest conversations of my life! You really make it seem like I’m the ONLY person in the room, always. After working with you for a few months now, I truly know I’m worthy of that kind of attention in all areas of my life.”
Chloe Dancer and Performing Artist, NYC

“Nicole Bernardo is a wonderful, fun and fully committed coach. She encourages you to let your freak flag fly and to own your professional potential fully. She passionately cheers you on, mirroring back your strengths to you, and gently assists you in taking the next necessary steps. Her inspiring coaching approach will help you to dig up your inner superpowers that are already waiting for you, probably just out of sight, hidden under heaps of old beliefs. Plus, the techniques she teaches and the books she recommends will help you to overcome those old habits you are more than ready to let go of. Her thorough feedback after each session is priceless: Intuitive insight, hands-on homework and lots and lots of love on top. You might hire Nicole because you wanted the “Martha-Beck-trained-coach” experience. But you will continue to work with her because she’s so much more than that. I highly recommend Nicole to anyone who needs more enthusiasm, optimism and joy in their life.”
Lilly Mackuth Transformative Coach at, Germany

“It’s so refreshing to work with Nicole. She really listens, and she GETS what I’m saying. I always feel so pumped up and positive after our sessions. Since I’ve been working with Nicole, I’m actually beginning to accept and love myself for the quirky rule-breaker that I am. I feel like I can do anything, and I’m actually taking risks that feel so good and true to what I want! FINALLY!! I’m so grateful to Nicole for that.”
Elizabeth Television Producer, NYC

“I couldn’t have asked for a better experience while working with Nicole.  By creating a confidential, non-judgmental forum for dialogue, Nicole uses her keen intuition and understanding of human nature to pinpoint the issues that ultimately keep you from being the best version of yourself.  While Nicole possesses all the characteristics of an effective life coach – empathy, support, and encouragement – what differentiates her from others is her sense of humor and “no-nonsense” approach.  Nicole uses her creativity and experience to equip you with meaningful, effective tools that will empower positive thinking and improve your quality of life.”
Laura Financial Underwriter, NYC

“Before I began working with Nicole I had really bad luck with my career. I was laid off and unemployed for a few months. I took a position that was chaotic and made me miserable because I just needed a job. For months I was trying so hard to change my situation. I was applying to countless jobs and going on so many interviews. The interviews began to stress me out and I began to lose hope and feel really bad about my self. Then, I began talking to Nicole. She is easy to talk to, a great listener and encouraging. After every session I felt so much better about my self, my career and my skills. Nicole showed me a different way to view my situation and gave me the confidence I needed during interviews. I ultimately have a wonderful new job within my desired field, a salary increase and a more peaceful work environment. I am pleased to say that Nicole was an important part in making that dream come true.”
Dominique Fashion Industry Professional, NYC

“Nicole Bernardo is an intuitive coach; she has a strong sense of picking up on thoughts that prevent forward movement. Her genuine personality is to the point and she is always transparent with her clients. Her authentic questioning helped me see past some of my formed beliefs, and she was able to give me small tools to work with on a daily basis to work beyond those beliefs. If you are looking for a focused coach who is as kind as she is strong then Nicole Bernardo is your coach.”
Chad Gilham Adventure Leader, Mt. Vernon, Indiana

“What I have discovered while working with Nicole is a great amount of trust in her abilities. There are many times where I am floundering in my thoughts and approaches to my own life and relationships and Nicole will know exactly where to go and how to narrow down the confusion in my head. Often during a coaching session, I will discover more about myself than I ever imagined. Nicole helps me find my own internal wisdom. Our sessions help clarify my feelings and help me be more confident in knowing what to do and how to go forward. Many times after a session, I will shake my head and just say, “Wow, that was a very powerful experience and I didn’t know that was in me.” I always feel gratitude for Nicole’s competence and intelligence and compassion.”
Cindy Zullo Bozeman, Montana

Challenging you to PRACTICE your Practice~

Discovering a self-kindness practice that makes sense to you and actually feels DOABLE is a HUGE step in saving yourself from YOURSELF and stepping up to become your own HERO*.
                    (If you haven’t chosen a practice yet, join us HERE.)

But your chosen “practice” won’t do ANYTHING to improve the quality of your life or increase your own appreciation of who YOU are and what YOU have to offer, if you don’t take the time to PRACTICE it.

And I mean, CONSISTENTLY. Because it only takes 4 CONSECUTIVE DAYS of following through on this commitment (or any other) to turn it into a new habit,according to research psychologists. And that’s a PIECE OF CAKE.

So today, I dare you to STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING.


And I dare you to take the FIRST STEP in creating the foundation for this nourishing habit by using THIS VERY MOMENT to practice APPLYING your self-kindness practice to your own inner conversation. 

  • What are the things you’re always beating yourself up about? (Maybe that you’re NOT GOOD ENOUGH or SMART ENOUGH? or CONFIDENT ENOUGH?)
  • Dredge it up NOW, and put your self-kindness practice to WORK. 
    • If you’re feeling UNMOTIVATED, read this to get on board and JUST DO IT.

And BOOM! Day One ACCOMPLISHED, just like THAT.

So throughout today and the rest of this week, I dare you to continue practicing your practice AT LEAST ONCE each day, whenever and wherever feels best and easiest for you.

IMPLORE you to truly PRIORITIZE THIS TIME for yourself… and COMMIT to it!… because your ability to get to the next level in your life DEPENDS upon it. 

And what’s MORE, I dare you to give yourself SPECIAL PERMISSION to LET GO of the rules. Because there is truly NO RIGHT WAY to do this. All that matters is that this practice is effective for YOU. Let it grow and evolve in whatever way SUPPORTS YOU BEST and feels pretty darn DELICIOUS… so you’ll not only have FAITH in this tool and it’s unquestionable ability to change your thoughts/LIFE, but also so you’ll WANT to utilize this tool — time and time again — throughout your LIFE.

So LET’S DO THIS. This week, I CHALLENGE YOU to JUST PRACTICE your self-kindness practice, aiming for progress, not perfection!, so you can EMPOWER YOURSELF to BE THE CHANGE you wish to see in YOUR own world and within your own crazy, BEAUTIFUL life and begin to create positive HABITS that will support you from THIS MOMENT ON.

I KNOW you are absolutely and completely CAPABLE of THIS.
Now go PROVE IT to yourself~



Challenging you to BUST OUT of your personal prison

Last week I challenged you to take responsibility for your life…to step up and OWN it.

But because you’re HUMAN, it’s inevitable you’ve come across a part of your life that makes you feel ASHAMED or disappointed in yourself and your actions (or lack thereof.)

Like when you SHRANK from a challenge, avoided confrontation or didn’t act with integrity. 

But HANGING ON to your negative feelings about yourself and your INABILITIES can be debilitating, calling your self-worth, -confidence and even your RESILIENCY into question! It scares you into submission and surrender and undermines your commitment to take OWNERSHIP of your life, when you’ve only just begun.

So my heroes, THIS is your call to ACTION. It’s time to ditch those harmful behaviors and start SUPPORTING YOURSELF like your happiness depended on it. (Because it really, really DOES.)

So, this week, I dare you to BUST OUT of your personal “prison.” 

I dare you to give yourself special permission to STOP JUDGING YOURSELF and focusing so much of your attention on your downfalls.

Instead, I dare you to take a step back and COURAGEOUSLY look into those areas or memories, and ask yourself WHY you’re disappointed in yourself.

  • What do you wish you had done differently?
  • Did you even know ANY BETTER at the time?
  • What would handling this situation SUCCESSFULLY look like to you?
  • So now, whether or NOT you knew better at the time, what can you LEARN from this situation?

And this week, I CHALLENGE YOU to be willing to FORGIVE YOURSELF, letting go of the heavy BURDEN of this negativity and inner criticism and FINALLY allowing yourself to be FREE, so you can — FROM THIS DAY FORWARD– move effortlessly and CAPABLY into your BEAUTIFUL future.

Here’s to never stumbling on what’s BEHIND YOU ever again~



Challenging you to LOOK to NOURISH yourself

You are truly special.

In the honest moments I’ve shared with many of you, I’ve been AMAZED time and time again by your depth… your raw and unique beauty… your sassiness! … your quirky and brilliant superpowers and talents… and especially your good-heartedness and unshakeable integrity, even and ESPECIALLY when you’re knee-deep in some pretty tough stuff. 

But instead of appreciating these things about yourself, you beat yourself up for not being good enough…qualified enough…pretty enough…skinny enough… and even for NOT DOING enough! 

And you’re not alone. 

We’re all GUILTY of it. Instead of seeing and appreciating the good in ourselves and using it to live our lives with ease and passion and CONFIDENCE, we devote an ABSURD amount of energy to comparing ourselves to our culture’s ideals and trying to contort ourselves like Cirque du Soleil gymnasts to fit into them!

No WONDER we end up feeling like CRAP!!

So this week, I dare you to quit your toxic “comparing and despairing,” and instead choose to NOURISH yourself with a kinder practice.

I dare you to get to know the YOU that you’ve been hiding from us (and yourself!)

I dare you to look in the mirror with honest curiosity! and challenge yourself to find the things about you and in you that make you feel WHOLE, HEALED, CAPABLE and more than ENOUGH.

So, my heroes, I CHALLENGE YOU to CEASE your in-fighting and SURRENDER! and instead, devote yourself to a NEW, more NOURISHING mission: to thoroughly scour your inner and outer life for rock-solid evidence of your unique AMAZINGNESS, not just today… but EVERY SINGLE DAY this week …. so that soon, with consistent practice, you can experience the FREEDOM, PEACE and recharged sense of CONFIDENCE that come along with your budding self-acceptance.

Because it’s time you SEE yourself for the unbelievable person you ALREADY are.


Challenging you to TRANSFORM your inner TURMOIL into TENACITY

It’s not an easy task to see how AMAZING you are, especially when day after day that inner voice of yours persists in its laser-focused and damn-near infallible mission to keep you SMALL and SAFE.

It tells you you’re not ENOUGH, when you are toying with the idea of putting yourself out there and taking a risk to make yourself happier. 

So instead of courageously chasing your dream and supporting yourself, you’re scared into submission… and trudge through your days wishing for MORE and hoping someone will SAVE you from the STATUS QUO (or planning a vacation to ESCAPE it all, right?)

I’m talking about that inner voice who tells you you’re going to end up ALONE ...leaving you feeling pathetic and sad, INSTEAD of feeling really proud of yourself for bravely listening to your gut and letting go of a relationship that wouldn’t fulfill you in the long-run (and you KNOW it.)

And watch out for this weekend! When that inner voice tells you you’re UNDISCIPLINED and makes you feel guilty and like you’re not doing enough… when you’ve taken care of and NOURISHED yourself all week… and you’re just trying to enjoy yourself at a freakin’ summer barbecue!!! 

So this week, ENOUGH is ENOUGH.


I dare you to THANK your inner voice for its input, but CHOOSE to handle things on your OWN from now on… noticing that without hearing that voice’s negativity for a while you might not have had a REASON to WAKE UP and see/appreciate the brighter side of everything. (Because of the beautiful Law of Polarity.)

And now, I dare you to redirect your energy away from inner TURMOIL into a newfound inner TENACITY to create a more supportive and KINDER relationship with yourself.

So, today and throughout this week, I CHALLENGE YOU to discover a SELF-KINDNESS PRACTICE that actually works for you, so that you can apply it easily to your life to transform your inner dialogue into a more loving and INSPIRED conversation that will support you in the hard times and when you’re flying HIGH, now and THROUGHOUT your life. (See the resources below!)

  • Here are some RESOURCES to help you:
    • 1) Change your thoughts step-by-step using the Self-Coaching 101 Model.
    • 2) Use your imagination to lovingly change the conversation.
    • 3) A tangible reminder to keep you on track from the amazing Nicole Jackson of Reiki and Wellness.
    • If none of these work for you, create your own or browse the internet for one that makes sense for you. If you want some help, email me to set up a free strategy call, and I’ll coach you to uncover the method that works best for you on your own terms.

Come on. Let’s DO this~