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Honest Connection | My 2016 Focus

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Honest connection can be so hard to come by out in the real world and even at home. I feel it is easier to be honest and not connect, rather then connect and not be so honest. Who or what am I talking about? You know when you meet someone new and you do the normal small chat and connecting, are you really being honest or just keeping things light? On the flip side, when you are with your best friend or spouse, you connect over just about everything but telling the truth can be a bit harder. You know the whole, "does this outfit make my butt look big?" scenario. Even with this situation it can be easier for your best friend to tell you to change than your spouse. Right? When, in the end, we knew the answer all along. No more of this, this year. While my goals are always to try and eat better and be more active and full of grace, this years' focus on honest connection will hold me accountable to myself. 2016 is the year I want to slow down a bit, and honestly connect with my self as a person, a person with needs and wants, but also with my husband and daughter. The balance of working, being an artist, a mom, a wife, or even just myself can be cumbersome some days. I can get out of whack a lot. Work stress can trump my artist life, or my child's needs can surpass my own. It happens, and I believe a lot of it is normal and natural. My goal and wish for myself is to truly listen and be honest with what I need, my body and soul, but to also connect with those around me. Small things like drinking tea from my favorite mug rather than a to-go cup, or holding my husbands hand while we grocery shop together. Those small connections, add up to a happier presence.

This includes my clients too. I feel like I am honest with each and every one of you, but I would love to connect with you and your families more. Lets have a play date, schedule a picnic, or just check in with each other. I truly hope to facilitate this more this year, as these things do not come naturally to me as a generally introverted person. I seriously want each and every one of my clients to become part of my extended family!

Cheers to love, living with intention, and honestly connecting with yourself and those around you!

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be inspired. live boldly.

Nicole

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