REAL PEOPLE - TRUE STORIES - LIVING INSPIRING LIVES - CREATIVE FEATURE
Can you believe this beauty was once afraid to show her face?
When Nicole experienced a health crisis in her early twenties, she was left feeling alone embarrassed and no longer beautiful.
She set out not only to heal herself but to discover what she was really here to do.
"Everyday I not only wished and prayed my condition would leave me, at one point I did not want to be alive anymore because I was so embarrassed to look at myself in the mirror."
I found a doctor who would treat me holistically and changed my diet (6 month elimination diet and I'm still gluten free and 90% dairy free). I went to a terrific chiropractor regularly, incorporated stress relieving practices, added gratitude and love in my life, and received acupuncture treatments, my body started healing. Over the course of 2 years, many doctors visits and tests later, faith in God, support from family, and most importantly my husband Ken, things began to change for the better.
Today I am fully recovered. I have my own company.
I am happy and living my life.
Q- What's something surprising that we can learn about you?
I participated in 4-H competitively pretty much all of my growing up years, showing every specie at one point or another (Horse, Steer, Dairy Cow, Hog, Sheep, Goat, Dog, Chicken, Rabbit, & Cavy), it's also how I met my husband.
I love country music, cowboy boots, big trucks, and I have a silly sense of humor.
Q- Was there a time when you were not living in alignment with your true gifts and life purpose? How did this affect your life & business?
After graduating college, I began my professional career as a designer and found myself in a work environment that was toxic, negative and detrimental for my health. I soon found myself very ill, not knowing what was wrong with me.
I knew there had to be more. Although I enjoyed what I was doing at my 9 to 5 positions as a digital, website and publication designer, my heart was not being fulfilled. I wanted to figure out a way to combine all of my passions, holistic health, events, creativity, innovation and branding into one entity.
It took a little while to figure out how it could all come together, looking back over the past few months, I am so proud how everything has come together. Things are working together and complementing one another and I've never felt more on fire with my purpose as an entrepreneur.
I wake up energized, motivated and inspired to live the life I want to live.
Q- What was the moment that you decided to do things differently?
My husband and I had always planned on me eventually working for myself, but we had a goal to become completely debt free. After a few short years of working very hard we were completely debt free ($109K!) and 6 months later, we made arrangements for me to pursue my dream.
I've been at it full time for 8 months now and I loved every minute of it.
Yes, it can be scary sometimes, learning to trust yourself in all capacities, but it's so worth it.
I can't even envision working for anyone but myself for the rest of my life.
Q- How did you discover your purposeful work?
When I was in my early twenties, I experienced a health crisis that made me change how I was living my life.
I was confused and didn't have a clue what my purpose was.
Being home-schooled, I was always spending time with kids who were older than me or having conversations with my parents friends. I am also a first-born child and naturally gravitate towards having a mature outlook on life. Most of my close friends are significantly older than me and it just seemed natural to work with women who are intellectually and spiritually at the level I find myself.
The women I help are in the midst of empty nest transition and they feel the same way I did when I was experiencing crisis. They are a bit confused, want to do something purposeful after their kids are gone and perhaps always had this dream or idea to pursue their passion.
With the hard earned wisdom of my own experiences, I am able to help them see how their past experiences have a way of providing meaningful connection to others and a powerful life purpose.
Q- What advice would you give to someone out there who is just starting to wonder and inquire about what they are here to do in this lifetime?
Any words to live by you would share with us?
Words I live by: "Success is defined by the journey within you."
I've often had the tendency to get bent out of shape when answers are not coming as fast as I would like or when things seem to complicated. However, what I've learned is that in this complexity we often discover things about ourselves we would never had otherwise stumbled across.
If you're fed up with not feeling like what you're doing is making a difference in the world or you're not even sure if you're in the right career path, it's OK.
What's important is that you take these feelings of frustration and wrestle with them. IF you could do anything you wanted, what would you do? What would that look like? What is it that makes your heart sing? Is it helping others? Is it writing? Playing a musical instrument? Working and creating with your hands? There are so many ways to create the life you've always dreamed of using your greatest gifts.
Sometimes, all it takes is for us to give ourselves permission to pursue our dreams.