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Looking for and Celebrating Miracles

By Nikole / February 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

I had a powerful session with my life coach last week. If you’ve ever wondered if life coaches really work, let me tell you they do! I seriously have a mind-blowing, life-altering coach that has helped me make and continue to make monumental shifts in my life. I cannot recommend…

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When You Throw Yourself A Launch Party

By Nikole / February 12, 2018 / 10 Comments

I’m struggling to put into words all that transpired Saturday night at my launch party. It is a night I will never forget and a night my heart will likely never recover from in the best of ways. How do I put into words all the love that was lavished…

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When You Find Your Tribe

By Nikole / January 31, 2018 / 4 Comments

I recently attended a four day conference that I’ve been wanting to go to for three or four years now. It was the annual Queer Christian Fellowship Conference (previously known as the Gay Christian Network) that I have followed on Twitter for a few years, and every year I have…

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A Brave and Bold New Year

By Nikole / December 31, 2017 / 0 Comments

This is the first New Year’s I’ve looked forward to in a looong time. I’ve typically (inwardly) rolled my eyes at people who make goals for the New Year (sweet of me, I know). I tend to get cynical and think, “Really? You’re going to work out 5 times a…

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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 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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A business trip to Haiti

By Nikole / June 20, 2017 / 3 Comments

Ahh, I’m back. What an amazing business trip to Haiti. A business trip to Haiti? Isn’t that a place you do mission trips to instead? you might be asking. Yes, it is a country that has had a lot of mission trips to, which is part of the reason why it took me…

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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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Being a bartender made me a better Christian

By Nikole / February 14, 2017 / 2 Comments

The first time I encountered alcohol in my life was in third grade. My friend invited me over to her house to play after school one day, and when I walked in, I saw her dad in a recliner holding a bottle of beer and watching tv. I froze and…

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Living Shame-Free

By Nikole / September 26, 2016 / 0 Comments

(13 minute read – Sermon from 9/22/2016) (In the first few seconds of my audio recording I’m choking back tears but I sound normal after that:) I love Brene Brown’s definition of shame. She describes it as the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging.  In other…

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