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At True North, we embed useful habits into daily work and home life to be more present in your body. We empower you to make better decisions, effectively manage your stressors, and care for yourself and others with more ease and grace.
Whether you are an individual, a small group, or a whole company, we meet you where you are and bring you the tools to be the very best “you” possible.
How is True North different?
Other companies offer wellness services, provide stress management training, create incentive systems, implement biometric screenings, and set up workout systems. We are different: We bring wellness into real life.
Our work embeds wellbeing practices into your daily routines, creating opportunities for embodiment and centering you in the present moment. It empowers you to move in the direction of your best self at work and home.
We spend time with you to identify existing habits, note those that are most firmly in place, and then stack the appropriate wellness habits. Embedded habits take place during the course of the day, do not require extra time, and radically shift the way you live and work.
The practices we embed in the workday are designed to bring you more into your body. We work to help you to become embodied, to recognize when you begin to feel stress, and to take action before the brain is negatively impacted.
We bring you out of replaying the past or anxiously planning for the future and into the present movement. It is in this moment you can find yourself.
When you have tools embedded into your day and are present in your body to know your needs, you are empowered to take the next step in the direction of your future self. You are able to work smarter, engage effectively, and live fully.
Small Change as a Teacher
Early in my teaching career, I ordered a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors. The tissue paper they were wrapped in had a large quote printed on it: “There is no such thing as small change.” This resonated with me, so I saved the tissue paper and hung it above my desk in the back of my classroom.
For years students would ask about it, and we would debate whether it was true. My position was always “true” — that every change we make is significant to someone, somewhere, sometime.
As an Instructional Coach
When I moved out of the classroom into my role as an instructional coach, I again hung the paper above my desk. This time it was a reminder to me that no matter how slow the progress was, it was progress.
Now at True North
And now, in my new office, it is still displayed as a reminder that each new practice we begin shifts us, bringing us either closer to or farther from the person we want to be.
Meet Nichole: Small Shifts, Real Results
My Philosophy: Progress Builds Over Time
There is no such thing as small change; each change we make builds over time to create lasting impacts to our lives.
I use the skills gained from my time in the classroom, as a coach, and as a yoga teacher to help people form habits, navigate changes, and build their resilience. My dissertation work examined causes, effects, and reduction of teacher stress. This affirmed my commitment to supporting people who serve others in building collective resilience to mitigate stress.
My greatest hope is that you will leave our time together feeling that you have a better understanding of the person you currently are, the authentic person who exists within you, and the pathway between the two.
We are changing the world one workplace, one family, and one individual at a time.
“I relied heavily on Nichole… she had an amazing capacity to boil ideas down to the most essential, and she never expected anything of others that she wasn’t doing herself. She just genuinely cared about the people around her, not only how they are doing professionally, how they are doing personally.”
Principal, Monona Grove High School
“When people got bogged down by the challenges, Nichole was really great at pointing out what things were going really well and celebrating those things and lifting people up out of the challenges and hardships we go through to be the best that we can be.”
Teacher, Monona Grove High School
“Nichole made the experience perfect by offering just the right amount of help and encouragement along the way, yet allowing me to find the perfect experience for myself.”
“Small habits work: Even when I haven’t stuck to all the habit building I intended, the small changes I was able to make and also come back to whenever I am able, have created a sense of empowerment and purpose. Even small successes remind me “Yeah, I know what I’m doing. I got this.”
New Teacher Mentor, Monona Grove High School