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A Midrash on Two Women and Their Impossible Pregnancies

By Nikole / December 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

This Fall I wrote my first academic paper in over 12 years. 12 years! As as a result, I was slightly nervous to write an academic paper for my graduate school. I’m good at blogging, but that’s a completely different form of writing compared to academic papers. So I scheduled…

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When The World Seems All Right

By Nikole / November 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

Here I am, sitting inside a coffee shop, and I can’t help but smile. Life’s not easy, but right now, I can’t help but feel like this world is such a beautiful place. Every time I seem to turn around, I see beautiful things happening. Today, I had coffee with…

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Get Your Gratitude On!

By Nikole / November 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Several months ago I was telling a friend about something difficult going on in my life and how I felt sapped of joy and happiness, and she made some comment about how being (genuinely) grateful can really help people find joy again. I maturely responded with an internal, “Ugh.” I…

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When Your Dream Finally Comes True

By Nikole / July 12, 2017 / 2 Comments

I have always envied the people who’ve known what they’ve wanted to do since they were young. Whether that’s being a dentist or teacher or family business owner. How beautiful it must be to know what you want and to go after it. I, on the other hand, have spent…

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When the World Devours Your Dream(s)

By Nikole / April 11, 2017 / 14 Comments

I used to believe the world was my oyster, especially during my high school and college years. I was an optimistic, glass is almost always full kind-of-gal. Beyond the usual torment of high school (friendship drama, puberty, trying to fit in, etc), I felt the four year requirement of high school itself…

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When Grief and Love Collide

By Nikole / March 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

Whiplash and grief. These two words were given to me by my therapist on my visit to her office last Spring after I shared with her all that went down in my life the previous two years. These two words accurately described those tumultuous years. When I first arrived at my therapist’s office, I felt…

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Breathe

By Nikole / November 9, 2016 / 0 Comments

I have a dear friend whom I knew for years before I ever learned she was a secret poet. We’ve laughed together, cried together, raised our kids together. We’ve had deep conversations, hard conversations, and life-giving discussions. And yet this poetic side of her was always kept in the dark. I don’t…

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