Cheers to 2018!

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I don’t know about you but the stillness of winter, the holidays and the start of a new year make me super nostalgic and contemplative. In light of everything that’s happened this year in the United States I realized, that I’m just grateful. Grateful that my family, friends and I didn’t have to live through a major natural disaster or endure a terrorist attack etc… I’m grateful that as a woman I’m able to speak my mind, be educated and hold a job of my choosing. As a result, my resolutions, goals, dreams whatever you want to call them have become simplified. As far as I’m concerned, as long as my family and friends are healthy and happy everything else is just icing on the cake. I hope and pray this coming year is a year of good health, blessings and happiness for you and yours. I’m genuinely thankful for each and every one of you. Cheers to 2018!

– Nicole

Live with Passion – February’s Mantra

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January was the start of a lot of new things for me so by the time February rolled around I was in need of a real boost.  Instead of finding it elsewhere I found exactly the self encouragement I needed in a book. The past couple weeks I’ve been reading a great book called In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney. It’s a book that features over 100 women who are makers, artists and entrepreneurs graciously giving inspiration and advice. As I read each story I began to draw from the strength of each woman. It became as if  the women in the book were collectively whispering words of encouragement directly to me. Every page turn brought me closer to hearing their voices say don’t give up and all your hard work will pay off! I have been so moved by these women that they’ve become the inspiration behind  my February mantra “live with passion.” I associate the month of February with love so, I’m sharing my passions whether they be big or small. I hope you’ll join me in this! If you’re looking for an aha moment you’ll definitely find it in this book.

 

Looking Forward to 2017

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I always get excited about the start of a new year. The air is full of new opportunities just waiting to be taken. This year I’m going to continue to pursue new hobbies, go new places, experience new cultures/things while taking better care of myself and document it here. I welcome you to join me on a journey of positive progression. I’m a major planner so I always get a stylish big planner before the end of the year to keep me on track with my new plans for the upcoming year. I also like to make a list of my goals. For me visually seeing and writing down my goals helps remind me of what they are so my focus on how to accomplish them is that much greater. In addition, to planning out things and making lists I like to surround myself with things that inspire me whether that be music, books, podcasts, art etc.. I always encourage people to listen to or read biographies on people that they are inspired by. I also suggest seeing an art exhibition or listening to music that moves you. I know achieving my goals becomes easier for me when I’m passionate about them so I challenge you to find what you’re passionate about. Come the end of next year I might not accomplish everything I’ve set out to do and that’s fine but, as long as I’ve grown in a positive way that’s a win for me.

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