Nicole McIntyre is a reformed stressaholic and overachiever, who found peace and happiness through meditation. She believes that everyone is capable enjoying life, and it is her mission to help them do so. She began the Outsmarting Life blog to help everyday people discover the practical benefits of meditation, such as lower stress levels, better relationships, and enhanced creativity.

She has a degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a self-taught mindfulness expert. She has been told that her genuine, joyful nature is her gift to the world, and it is her goal to cheer up the world — even if only by a small amount.

And, in case you’re dying to know more, here are 5 more things that you (probably) didn’t know about her:

  1. She makes just about everything herself — her makeup, lotion, toothpaste, etc.
  2. She loves to travel. She recognizes that our time here on Earth is limited, and it is her #1 goal to see the world and enjoy every moment of it.
  3. She’s a total nerd on the inside. She always loved school and currently enjoys reading about entrepreneurship, business, and finance.
  4. Her nickname used to be “Motor Mouth” and her parents bought her a shirt that said “I’m talking and I can’t shut up.”
  5. She used to have a pet lamb, named Lamb Chops, who loved to eat pancakes.

If you’d like to connect, she can be found at http://outsmartinglife.com or in her Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/outsmartinglife.com.