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Surgeries, Narcotics, and Cysts – oh my!

By Nikole / December 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

Whew, what a whirlwind of a week! I’ve had a lump in my left palm for a couple years now and it just started giving me pain in November, right when I found out I only had 5 days left on my insurance plan. That meant I had to figure…

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A Beautiful Party, A Beautiful Life

By Nikole / October 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

Two beautiful things happened this weekend. First, I threw a party Saturday night in celebration of my one year anniversary of being out of the closet (wooohoo!). Over 30 people came, and my house was bursting with conversation, good food, laughter, and love. (Plus, I’ve always wanted to throw a gay party,…

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You Are Worthy of Living Unapologetically. That's it! You are worthy because you are you. Don't hide that from yourself or anyone else.

You Are Worthy of Living Unapologetically

By Nikole / September 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

It was late Friday night, probably around midnight when John and I were going over the final details of Saturday’s workshop. I was rambling on in my passionate fervor that he’s ever so familiar with as I tried to convey the essence of my vision and passion for this workshop.…

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Letting Go In Order To Receive

By Nikole / September 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

I had a magical moment with our 5yo Saturday. It was the day we were going to pick up Eden’s new mattress. This has been long in coming as her old one was 20+ years old, pee-stained and just terribly uncomfortable to sleep on. The week leading up to getting…

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Taking Your Power Back

By Nikole / August 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

I have had an inwardly tumultuous journey as a stay at home mom over the years. If you’ve followed my blog for some time now, you likely know that. So when all 3 of my kiddos went to school full time for the first time this past year, I had…

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When You Say Yes to Yourself

By Nikole / June 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Last Fall, I was sitting in my therapist’s office on a Friday afternoon, processing with her the idea of someday coming out of the closet publicly. I had a lot of fear.  I was afraid of losing friends and family… I was afraid of being judged and talked about behind…

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A Life Worth Living

By Nikole / June 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

Our friends, families, communities, and churches have the best intentions for us. They raise us, nurture us, guide us, love us, and pour into us. They typically want what is best for us. And you’re grateful. You’re grateful for all the love, support, memories, and community you’ve experienced over the…

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Goodbye Church, Hello Nikole (part 4)

By Nikole / April 10, 2018 / 4 Comments

We have come to the end of the Goodbye Church series. (See Intro, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you’re new to the series) It’s been short and bittersweet, hasn’t it? I want to thank you for going on this journey with me. For reading my words, for…

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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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