Nicole came from a background of project management with the Department of Health in New Mexico. Her arrival there was long way from where she came from. As a teen Nicole made up a lot of her own rules fighting to understand why she often felt her head was bursting into flames, her heart was exploding, and she couldn’t breathe. After a bout with addiction where she crashed and burned she became deeply embedded with NA and 12 step recovery in 1991. Learning who she really is, and being open to who she really could become, has been an ever changing process. During her journey of discovery she has explored the moments of big experience in her life with new windows of insight opening at interesting junctures of opportunity. Besides recovery’s “giving it away” to others she enjoys sumptuous music, lush food, and intoxicating conversation.