A self-paced program designed for immigrant & immigrant descendant women of color to break free from auto-pilot and live bravely through self-love and liberated action.


a self study program


Believe and trust in yourself

And take action that reflects the fullness of your power

Turn the volume down on your fear

So that you can makes choices based in self-belief

Stand strongly in what you want

Outside of others' opinions or judgments of your choices

As a woman of color that has been taught to follow a prescribed path, does it feel overwhelming to now think about creating your own goals with your own map?

Are you ready to live a life that YOU have chosen? Rather than the one you feel expected to live?

You know that the path that has been laid out for you doesn’t feel quite right. And you’re so grateful for the opportunities that your family worked so hard to create for you, but they’re just not…you.

You want to dream BIG, but something is holding you back. You can’t quite put your finger on it. The image of the thriving life you want feels cloudy and how to get there…even cloudier.

But imagine if you could...

You don’t have to stay stuck at the crossroads.

You have the power within you to create a life that feels like you are truly living, every day.

Understand your mindset and current beliefs

What you'll learn


And that’s why I’ve created…

A self-paced program designed for 1st & 2nd generation immigrant women of color to break free from auto-pilot and live bravely through self-love and liberated action.

Learn what beliefs are impacting your actions and where they come from, from a cultural and larger social justice context.

Uncover who you are and what you truly wanT

Learn tools to get clear on your vision, understand the wisdom contained in your emotions, and how to speak authentically instead of people-pleasing.

Unleash your liberated self

Learn how to take radical responsibility of your outcomes, set healthy boundaries, and cultivate self-confidence through liberated action.

If this sounds like the life you’ve been longing for, I'd love to invite you to join Exploration!

You don’t have to go it alone.

You don’t have to follow the steps that white folx tell you to. (“Leaning In” does not apply to our lived experiences.)

You don’t have to continue to struggle, even though that’s what we’ve been taught is part of our existence.

You can create a life that is liberated.

A life that feels free, and exciting, and YOURS.

I want to offer that there IS a way to create your own map in a way that feels supportive, possible, and doable.

As the daughter of Filipino immigrants, I know from personal experience the joys and struggles of being a part of two worlds.

I spent 30+ years of my life doing all the things I thought I was supposed to do without allowing myself to pause and ask myself…is this what I want?

I followed the survival formula that I was given and created a life where I was surviving…but not truly living and definitely not living bravely. 

So I set out to change my life.  

I quit my job, traveled the world, and figured out what I truly wanted. I poured thousands of hours, dollars, and tears into my personal transformation.

The real real... Exploration is the program I wish I had when I was lost.

Hi, I'm Nicole.

Meet the founder — Nicole cruz

In trying to build my own map, I listened to podcasts, read books, and joined programs that were helpful but…they were all created by white folks.

They didn’t take my lived experience as an immigrant descendant or woman of color into account. I felt supported but I didn’t feel seen.

And so, I cultivated the tools, concepts, and teachings from my years of trial and error and created a program that spoke specifically to what works for our community.

These are the tools that helped me go from living my life on auto-pilot to creating a life with intention and agency.

Over 75 women of color have learned from these explorations, with heart-filling, happy-tears, I-feel-so-much-more-like-me results. 

— janelle

I can confidently say I have finally stepped into my power. Living Bravely helped me become the woman I have always wanted to be.

"I entered [Living Bravely] feeling extreme self doubt, lost, and scrambling to find some kind of direction. This program taught me how to stop playing small, living for others, and neglecting my soul, and instead trust in myself, be confident, and embrace my self worth. 

— Jannel

Nicole opened my eyes up to a world of abundance, there is space for me and the world needs me for who I am.

I found the things that brought me joy, was able to define myself outside of my accomplishments, and found a job with supportive leadership and 2x the pay!

— ria

"I can not believe how much my self-confidence and clarity on who I am has shifted in such a short amount of time. I am becoming the empowered, confident leader I've always wanted to be."

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What's Included in Exploration

Lifetime Access to the course and any updates


a $997 Value

Culturally-informed Modules and Worksheets Designed for our community


a $1997 Value

Monthly Coaching for 6 months from your start date


a $497 Value

A private network of other WOC for community care and support whenever you need it


It’s time to create and trust your own vision so that you can live the life that you're meant for.

In Exploration, you will gain the tools and support to help you overcome the top issues that our community struggles with when they're starting to question auto-pilot living and navigate their own path.

MODULE 1: Get Clear on Your Vision

  • Move from not knowing what you want to allowing yourself to vision bigger and more aligned to what you truly want! 

  • Start moving from “I don’t know” to exciting clarity on a destination that feels true to you.

MODULE 2: Learn How to Build Powerful Thoughts

  • Our thoughts are the foundation for our actions, behaviors, and results. Learn how to build thoughts that will help you create what you want in your life.

  • You’ll understand yourself better and deeper than you ever have before. While learning tangible mindset tools, you’ll start releasing survival beliefs and start building thriving beliefs

MODULE 3: Shift Your Relationship with Fear

  • The beliefs that helped our families survive are fear-based, most of the time. That means that we also learned to listen to fear. Sometimes that fear stops us from growing in ways that will ultimately serve us.

  • Learn how to change your relationship with fear so that you can reclaim your power from fear.

  • Learn how to interact with your fear in a different way so that you can get unstuck from old behaviors and take empowered action.

MODULE 4: Unlock the Wisdom of Your Feelings

  • Instead of avoiding, distancing, or compartmentalizing your feelings, learn how to give yourself permission to feel them.

  • Go from not understanding why you’re feeling a certain way to unlocking the innate wisdom inside of you.

MODULE 5: Cultivate Self-Confidence

  • So often, we are taught that self-confidence comes from achievements or other people’s opinions of us. Unfortunately, we have no control over those things.

  • Learn how to start cultivating self-confidence from within so that you get to dictate your own confidence.

MODULE 6: Shift from People Pleasing to Authentic Answers

  • Learn how to set healthy boundaries so that you start giving yourself what you need

  • Start to release people pleasing tendencies and say what you really think with power

MODULE 7: Taking Radical Responsibility for Yourself

  • We’ve been taught that we are responsible for other people’s feelings (for example, ever experience a guilt trip from your family??)

  • Learn how to take radical responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, and actions

  • Learn how to release responsibility of others’ thoughts, feelings, and actions

MODULE 8: Shift Comparison Thoughts

  • Comparisons keep us checking our “goodness” in relation to what other people are doing.

  • Learn how to get to the root of your comparison thoughts

  • Gain tools to stop comparing yourself so much to others so that you can take action that reflects what you really want

MODULE 9: Setting Healthy Boundaries

  • We weren’t usually taught about boundaries, let alone how to set them.

  • Unlearn myths around setting boundaries

  • Learn why boundaries are important

  • Gain a boundary formula that can help you set healthy boundaries with anyone (yes, including family!)

MODULE 10: Move from Scarcity to Abundance

  • As immigrants and immigrant descendants, scarcity was embedded into how we were raised.

  • Learn the importance of releasing scarcity thoughts that don’t serve you anymore

  • Learn how to move towards a more abundant mindset that will serve your thriving life

I know on a DEEP level what our community struggles with AND, more importantly, the solutions to move forward while still honoring those who came before us.

It’s my mission to help others in our community break free from fear and live bravely.

I'm Nicole Cruz

I’ve coached over 150 women of color to gain self-confidence, love themselves, and take action on their dreams.

Are you ready to join over 150 women of color and live bravely with us?


Exploration FAQs

Here are some answers to questions that may be popping up for you:

I know this might be one of your first times investing in yourself and a self-paced program like this, which means you probably have a lot of questions! And if so, that’s all good! My goal is for you to get the BEST support possible and to make sure that this program is aligned for you.

For sure!! This program is really designed for immigrants and immigrant descendants. If the program description hit home for you, then I highly encourage you to enroll.

I’m a 3rd, 4th, 5th generation immigrant. Can I still apply to join?

Once enrollment is available and you sign up. you’ll immediately get access to the program and private community space.

What’s the enrollment process like?

I totally get that. You’ll be learning new ways to think about yourself and the world. While this can be eye-opening, I also know that it could feel daunting.

That’s why you’ll also get access to monthly Q&A and coaching calls so that you can get support on any topic you feel stuck on. Plus your fellow community members will be there to support you also!

I'm worried that I won't understand everything in this self-paced program.

**Please note that Living Bravely Exploration is not a substitute for therapy.**

Consider joining at a later time if…

You have experienced trauma that you haven’t worked through or received support around in a professional capacity (with a therapist, coach, or other wellness practitioner).

You feel like you are in a phase of depression that’s been long-lasting (causing significant impact on your ability to show up day to day).

What else should I be considering?

This program is self paced so that is totally up to you! What could be helpful is to set aside some consistent time on your calendar to go through it.

How much time should I set aside for this program?

Yes! I wanted to make sure that you will get the transformation that is promised by this exploration. Every month, we’ll go have 1 (one) coaching + Q&A sessions so we can guide you and get all your questions addressed.

Will I have the opportunity to be coached every month?

The Q&A and coaching sessions will be the first week of every month. More details will be sent out to you as we get closer to our first call.

When are the coaching sessions?

 *A Quick Guide to the Sliding Scale

The full cost is the actual cost of the program. If you choose a price below the top tier you are receiving a discount. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worrying about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.


The middle price is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little-to-no expendable income. Paying for this program may qualify as a sacrifice but it would not create hardship. If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., this price offer is for you. If you, however, can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and limit opportunities for others.


The full-flexibility price is for those who struggle to meet basic needs and paying for this program would still be a significant hardship. If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, this price offering is for you and you deserve a community that honors your price as equal an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier.


*verbiage from wortsandcunning.com*

Exploration is offered at a sliding scale*. The actual cost of the program is $997 and sliding scale options listed below that price are limited. Please read the sliding scale guide below before purchasing the program.

You’re ready to do things differently and create the life you want, but you don’t know where to start. Let’s change that!

Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. 

✅ Lifetime access to Exploration course

✅ 10 modules tailored for our community

✅ Worksheets for reflection & integration  

✅ Private community for support & connection  

✅ Monthly Q&A / coaching sessions for an entire year ($1,997 value)

✅ 1 week of private coaching (via voice memos – $197 value)

or 6 monthly payments of $197


full cost

✅ Lifetime access to Exploration course

✅ 10 modules tailored for our community

✅ Worksheets for reflection & integration  

✅ Private community for support & connection  

✅ Monthly Q&A / coaching sessions for an entire year ($1,997 value)

or 6 monthly payments of $127



✅ Lifetime access to Exploration course

✅ 10 modules tailored for our community

✅ Worksheets for reflection & integration  

✅ Private community for support & connection  

✅ Monthly Q&A / coaching sessions for an entire year ($1,997 value)

or 6 monthly payments of $87


full cost

(20 spots only)

(15 spots only)