S3E6: How to Calm Your Mind and Experience Life More Fully with Nichole Proffitt

Nichole Proffitt, Presence Mindfulness Coaching

Practicing Mindfulness and Presence with Nichole Proffitt

On today’s episode of Financial Finesse, I’m interviewing Nichole Proffitt, founder of Presence Mindfulness, Somatic Counseling & Coaching for Women, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nichole is a graduate of the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, with a certification in mindfulness facilitation. She is also a Certified Mindfulness Teacher Professional and holds interdisciplinary degrees in psychology, education and the arts. Nichole is trained as a counselor, coach and dance teacher and has advanced-level training in Somatic Experiencing, a nervous system-based trauma healing modality. Her work is informed by 20 years of meditation practice and a lifetime as an artist.

In this episode, Nichole and I discuss:

  • The importance of being more present in our daily lives
  • How to reduce anxiety by first accepting it, rather than trying to fight it
  • And how even as a beginner, we can all practice mindfulness so that we can experience life more fully.

From improving our mental health and relationships to our careers and finances, we can all benefit from incorporating Nichole’s tips into our daily routines.

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Episode Highlights

  • [04:57] What it means to be present.
  • [07:58] The importance of being more present in our daily lives.
  • [13:39] Managing anxiety through mindfulness and acceptance
  • [16:15] How Nichole’s training in somatic experiencing helps clients alleviate the effects of nervous system trauma.
  • [18:28] Why Nichole believes meditation is key for building a life that feels useful and manageable
  • [20:51] Nichole explains the “right” way to meditate.
  • [22:24] The relationship between being present and having presence.
  • [26:00] How to cultivate more presence and truly connect with others.
  • [27:55] Nichole’s personal journey that led to her becoming a mindfulness coach.
  • [36:00] The group coaching programs Nichole offers clients and newcomers.

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5 Unique Things to Buy To Help Ease Your Anxiety 

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I have gotten a special thrill out of being a curator of delightful, beautiful or delicious things and sharing them with my friends.

With the pandemic crisis, I think we can all use more simple pleasures to lift our spirits and ease our anxiety. 

In the act of treating ourselves or others, we can support independent businesses in their time of need. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.


Coin 1804 Protective Masks in Camo Or Python Prints – these masks made by fashion brand COIN 1804 in Los Angeles are not medical grade masks. But they will do in a pinch when you are out for a walk or running errands. They are comfortable, easy to take off and on, fully cover your nose and mouth, and are cute! Check out COIN 1804’s wide and surprisingly affordable men and women’s casual, chic clothing while you are on the site.


I regret all the years I didn’t know how wonderful it is to sleep on a silk pillowcase! Articles touted how they prevent wrinkles and bed hair, but what I love is how good they feel on your skin. Cool and smooth and luxurious. It’s important to buy 100% mulberry silk for the best experience. I purchased mine from Fishers Finery 
and Brooklinen  and I’ll be checking back for sales often. I know I’ll never use a cotton pillowcase again.


For a perfect well-priced gift or a treat for yourself, go no further than Heath Ceramics and their bud vase – $26.00. It’s simple, clean lines and lovely colors are always pleasing to the eye alone or with a few buds tucked inside. As if that wasn’t good enough, Heath produces it in seasonal colors, so you have a reason to go back for more. If you buy the vase as a gift, you can include a Heath designed letterpress card for $5.00.


Being at home gives me the urge to organize and find new, esthetically pleasing ways to store things. One of my favorite storage vehicles is from Design Within Reach. It’s the Restore Basket designed by Mika Tolvanen for Muuto. It comes in 3 different sizes and is constructed of polymer felt made from recycled PET bottles. The basket holds its shape, is easy to carry, and doesn’t scratch surfaces. I use them in my office and at home. Currently, some of the colors are on sale, and they do add new colors from time to time.


A friend of mine recently sent me a “COVID-Care package,” and inside was a vial of St. Jane Luxury Beauty Serum for the face. It’s the most fantastic face oil formulated with all Vegan ingredients, including sunflower and grape seed oil combine with 500mg CBD to help nourish and calm the skin. I have sensitive skin, and my face loves it. 

If you try these products, I hope you like them as much as I do.

And, I’m sure these independent businesses will appreciate your orders during this time of need. 

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