Nicole Taylor Linehan
I’m currently passionate about the power of acceptance. That has been the biggest game changer for me and I see it in my clients as well. There is so much energy tied up in pushing things away–emotions, thoughts, aspects of ourselves that we judge. Learning to be with those aspects, throughout breath, and movement, and love, as Katie teaches, frees up so much energy!
What vision do you have for your life and your coaching practice?
My vision for my life is that I spend most of my time doing what lights me up, and that the line between working and doing what I love becomes nonexistent. I see my relationship with my husband, Seth, growing deeper and even more fun, and I see myself being more creative than ever.
My vision for my coaching practice, Evolve (www.evolvephiladelphia.com), is that I help clients expand into more joy and connection through workshops where we mix Self-discovery and travel. I see myself becoming the go to coach for people who want to live more into their essence.
What are the top three things you love about coaching?
1. That moment when someone has a felt experience of the power of appreciation in their lives.
2. Helping people get more in touch with and live into their essence.
3. That moment when someone loves a part of themselves they had preciously rejected.
Before I started coaching I …
thought I was supposed to have all of the answers. After I started coaching I experienced how much more fun it is to have an attitude of wonder. I facilitate exploration. Much more juicy.
What makes you laugh?
I love things that are silly or absurd. I get the biggest giggle out of watching the “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch from the Monty Python television show.
The legacy I want to leave behind is …
That everyone I connected with in life with became more in touch with their inner gifts and shined those gifts more brightly into the world.
Who are your top three people you would want to coach and why?
Cory Booker (Mayor of Newark) because I think he is a great example of authenticity and responsibility. As he makes the transition to operating at a higher level of government, I would love to support him in continuing to embody these two principles.
Perry Chen, CEO of Kickstarter. The crowdfunding website Chen created does so much to support creativity in the world. What’s the next level of his genius? I would love to help him explore that.
Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series Girls. As her influence as a writer grows, I would love to coach her in continuing to expand the mixture of authenticity and integrity that made everyone take notice of her work.
What were the greatest benefits you received from studying at the Hendricks Institute?
The greatest gift from this program has been that of self acceptance. I’ve experienced how by turning toward and being present with those aspects of myself that I found hard to deal with, they didn’t wreak havoc in my life any longer, and in fact they had gifts that I could use to enjoy my life even more. I am forever changed by using the Hendrick’s Institute’s tools for presencing and accepting life and myself exactly as I am, so my energy is freed up to choose what I want to create next and then take action. Also, I feel grateful to have learned to access my body’s wisdom. Listening to the signals from my body has opened me up to whole new levels of awareness.
The movie that inspired me most was__
Most recently, The Incredible. The main character, who has been pulled underwater by a tsunami, is shown being battered around by various debris. Things look really dark and then all of a sudden her hand comes reaching up out of the water, fingers splayed. I thought it was the most beautiful display of resilience and our ability as humans to choose aliveness, over and over again. The instinct to create more aliveness doesn’t have to be coupled with dire circumstances. We can choose, every day, to create more connection, and, more joy.
Most recently it was Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton. It’s about the divine feminine and how different aspects of feminine energy express themselves through us in ways both beautiful and fierce. I loved her method of using meditation to turn toward and be present with these different qualities as a path toward embracing our wholeness.
What brings you the most joy in your day to day life?
Right now I’m excited about how authenticity is contagious. I see that when I live into my essence, I inspire people around me to do the same. I love creating connection in this way, and inspiring people to find an inner spark that they want to explore.
What ten things could you not do without?
Laughter. Dancing. Meditation. Love. Community. Music. Yoga. My neti pot. Hugs. Rumi poems.