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On the Move | Meet Nicole Series

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.

Abraham Maslow

Life has been moving so fast lately, and changing at a breakneck speed. I have done less than a stellar job keeping all you lovely supporters of my work in the loop. So hear goes:

Two months ago we received a letter in the mail that was going to change our life and create a sense of adventure we haven't yet quite met as a family. For me, change is exciting, but ever so terrifying! All the suspense, but I promise it is all good news.

My wonderfully handsome and incredibly smart husband got accepted into the Medical Lab Tech program at VCU (Go Rams!), in Richmond, Va. Since receiving his acceptance letter, we have been in a flurry of purging, cleaning, packing, staging, and selling our house. Which also means the adventure continued with more purging and packing, then a long distance search for a place to live in a new city, the actual move, and then the unpacking. Phew!

We are still unpacking, but I wanted to say how grateful we are for all of my family and friends who have been ever present and wonderful helping us each step of the way! We would not have gotten through without our tribe!

What I am most excited about: I will officially be a work from home mommy. This means more time for me, family, and my business!!! I love that I will be able to be more present for my daughter. She already blows my mind; I can't wait to teach her, and her teach me. Seriously stoked! I am also thrilled that I will be able to better support my husband to pursue his dream. Last, this transition also means that I will be a full time small business entrepreneur, birth photographer and identity brand designer. Again stoked! I love serving and empowering children, parents, and parentrepeneurs! My heart is full, thank you.

Richmond Va Birth Photographer

2015 Manifesto | Meet Nicole Series

Nicoleinbold Manifesto Inspired ImagesThrough sharing my ideas, my enthusiasm, and my skills I want to communicate visually with you, change your perspective, and just simply be me. Here are 8 mottos to help me love more authentically this year.

#1 Less is more, simplicity is authentic

I have always found that the “white space” in our lives colors our character. This year is about guarding my time.  Saying no sometimes, but yes to trying new things that excite my spirit (rumi).

#2 Create good habits

Beyond resisting trends and needless upgrades, I plan to live my passion this year. This means having creative nights (alone or with friends, come join me), volunteering more, and drinking more water.

#3 Be an active participant in life

Life is so short. This year I want to be my own hero and act without expectation. My recent motto: you always have time for the things you put first. Making goals will help, but staying present and mindful of myself and surroundings is paramount to being an active participant.

#4 Grace over perfection

This is my way of saying to trust in the process, mistakes happen, and if you feel stuck, ask for someone to help you out. In the end, we were born to be real, not perfect. It is also important to let kindness rule, both within ourselves and with others.

I, Nicole, am enough. I genuinely want to make the world a better place. I am not afraid of the truth. I am loyal, adventurous and supportive. This year I want to be me, unapologetically.

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#5 Go on more adventures

The power of grace and harmony, for me, is the most abundant in nature. This year I hope to explore my local parks and hiking trails. Anyone have any must see/walk places?

#6 Connect with people

Every life is unique. It is such a beautiful thing. These lives hold our infinitely diverse stories. This year I want to connect first and foremost with my daughter and husband, the loves of my life. I also want to connect with other moms, artists, entrepreneurs, family, and people. I may be awkward, as small talk is not my forte, but I will learn and hope to laugh with everyone I meet.

#7 Learn new things

Creativity attracts curiosity. I believe anything is possible and that being bold means having confidence and experimenting. No matter the risk. I like who I am becoming, but there is always room for improvement!

#8 Grow

Brilliance lies within each of us and dreams don’t work unless you do. This year I’m starting with some great ideas and small goals that I can make great to create a firm foundation for my future.

 

In closing, be fearless. Everyday, practical and mindful problem solving is the most beautiful creativity there is.

be inspired. love authentically. Live boldly.

nicole