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

I'm totally obsessed with the transformative power of honest conversations.

You know that feeling you get when someone shares something relatable—a secret fear, a big dream, an embarrassing moment, a daily frustration—and you're nodding along so hard you think your head might pop off? That feeling of, "Oh my gosh, yes, ME TOO!!" that rushes in when we're reminded that we aren't alone is my favorite thing, and facilitating these kinds of conversations is the heart of my work.

To start, you can find over 170 of these conversations in the archives of my listener-funded podcast, Real Talk Radio, where each month I sit down with three refreshingly honest people to talk about what's really going on in their lives. We dive deep into topics like: work, love, sex, money, addiction, friendship, racism, body image, mental health, grief, fear, courage, change, and... everything in between.

These guests and their stories will make you laugh, think, learn, and feel less alone—and if, like me, you're tired of all the cliché self-help life-hack bullshit out there, I bet you'll find these real conversations between thoughtful, imperfect people to be a much-loved alternative.

In addition to the podcast, I also host fun live events and retreats for folks who've been craving more real talk in their real lives, and who are looking to form supportive connections and friendships with like-minded people.

As a backdrop to all of this—the podcast conversations, the in-person events, the truths I share on Instagram—I have spent the past 13 years writing and sharing stories from my own life, stories that touch deep into the human experience. I've written about sobriety, sex, hope, love, loss, being a beginner, uncoupling from marriage, long-distance hiking, how to change your life, and so much more.

My beloved personal essay series, Notes of Grit & Grace, is sent out twice per month within a certain tier of the Real Talk Radio Patreon community, which is the digital gathering place for folks who share my two core beliefs: that we are not alone, and that we can do hard things.

If those beliefs resonate with you, you've definitely come to the right place!