Hi! I’m Nicole Antoinette: recovering self-help junkie, writer of honest personal stories, and host of the Real Talk Radio podcast.


Over here, you’ll find every episode of the podcast.

Each season, I sit down with eight refreshingly imperfect people to have unfiltered conversations about what’s really going on in our lives. I talk to athletes, writers, entrepreneurs, parents, coaches, adventurers, artists, activists, and many others, and we dive deep into meaningful topics like work, love, sex, money, addiction, friendship, racism, body image, mental health, grief, fear, courage, change, and everything in between.

Let me put it this way: if you’re tired of all the cliché self-help life-hack bullshit out there, you’ll find this show to be a refreshing alternative.

In addition to the podcast, I have spent almost 10 years writing and sharing personal stories about the wonderful (and often hilarious) mess of being human.

My popular weekly email series, Notes of Grit & Grace, is available exclusively to the members of our community, and it’s where I share my real life in real time every Friday.

Speaking of the community, our community members also get lots of bonus content, access to a fun monthly book, and so much more. So basically what I’m saying is that the community is awesome, and you should totally join us!

More than anything though, my true hope is that this little corner of the internet makes you laugh, think, and just feel less alone. Because that’s all I ever want, to know that I am not alone in how I’m feeling and what I’m going through.

And, often times, what I’m going through is simply the beautiful agony of trying to live with both grit and grace – by which I mean showing up to life and giving my full effort, while at the same time accepting that I will make tons of mistakes, that I can’t control everything, and that uncertainty is the only certainty.

So, that’s what you’ll find here: a woman who is trying to tell the truth about her life, and who is hell-bent on learning what it takes to close the gap between what we say we want and what we actually do.

That last part is a total obsession of mine, because if there’s one thing I learned in 2011 from quitting drinking, putting on my running shoes even though I could barely run for two minutes at a time, and subsequently remaking my entire life, it’s this: we are strong as hell, we can change our stories, and we can do hard things.

That’s it for now. Thank you for being here with me!