Meet Nicole

Hi! I’m Nicole.

Prof_Pic_NL_2Growing up, my favorite thing to do was write. I’ve always been in awe of the power of writing and story-telling, and I’m an avid journal-er.

I was extremely fortunate to go to college at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. That place shaped me into a stronger, more inquisitive, and more compassionate person, and I’m forever grateful. I go back as often as I can.

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After Harrisonburg, I moved to Washington, D.C. for my first full-time, salaried job. Living alone in D.C. and commuting on the metro was intimidating and dangerous at times, but I learned how to live and work and travel independently.

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Then, I moved to Florida to live with Bret. Florida was my favorite. I loved the sunshine, palm trees, the sushi, the manatees, the Gulf of Mexico, and our Disney day trips.

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Next up, we spent three years never fully adjusting to life in the mountains of North Carolina. We were surrounded by bluegrass, mold, and wildlife. The mountains are beautiful, but I found Boone to be incredibly isolating and depressing, especially when I was navigating traumatic grief after losing my dad, pretty much my favorite person in the whole world, unexpectedly in 2017.

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In the summer of 2018, we made a quick decision to move to the magical city of Winston Salem, NC. Bret fell in love with the downtown art scene, and I was all in when I saw that in addition to amazing coffee, a local coffee shop served giant cheesecake and wine by the glass. In a matter of weeks I found the community that I’d been so desperately searching for: a new gym, a grief group, and some incredible people who have made this place feel like home. Not to mention we now have air-conditioning, a Target, an airport, Tropical Smoothie… it’s the breath of fresh air I’ve been hoping for.

  

Pretty much every time I say ‘we’ I mean me and Bret. This is Bret. We met in grad school, and we’ve been married for 5 years. I never wanted to be married until I started dating this guy and I realized marriage could mean a lifetime of adventures and creative projects and traveling and fun. I’m so grateful I met him when I did.

I’m a big believer in forgiveness, second chances, practicing gratitude, and using my privilege and resources for good, especially to support disenfranchised communities. And I’m trying to be a better version of myself. I believe in the power of yoga, tea, journaling, intersectional feminism, vegetarianism, and I believe in humanity.

I believe in all of us.

Oh, meet our cats! Velveeta is the sweetest, and Sadie is a handful, but we love her.

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