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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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Refusing To Go There

By Nikole / October 30, 2017 / 0 Comments

A couple months ago I noticed a subtle but real shift deep within me. I would hear of someone sharing their dream they had for their life or share about something they really care about, and, internally, I would be rolling my eyes at them and I would think to…

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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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Sleep = Joy. Pretty much.

By Nikole / April 19, 2017 / 4 Comments

I know I’ve blogged quite a bit about the hardships in life, and I don’t mean to be a downer with my writing. I guess I’m so busy surviving the chaotic stage of raising littles that when I do get a few moments to myself, I just want to be…

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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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My Unexpected Healer

By Nikole / September 14, 2016 / 0 Comments

As you all know, it’s been a couple crazy years for us. We’ve experienced job insecurity, financial loss, broken relationships, adoption delay, and an unexpected third child – and that’s just in our personal lives. Add to this the ongoing injustices done to black, brown, queer, and/or female bodies in…

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The Irony of Motherhood

By Nikole / May 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

As a mother, I am so incredibly fried. Anyone else feeling that way? I have an amazing husband and 3 beautiful children and yet… the sleep deprivation, the discipline, the nursing, the changing of diapers, the battles at bedtime, the sibling fights, the messes, the dishes, the laundry, the toys, the…

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