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Where the heck has Nichole been?
I’m so sorry to the people who still read this blog! I have been MIA & the blog has suffered 🙁 If you are truly interested in keeping up with my work & what’s going on w/ NAP then my Facebook page is the place to find me! And feel free to comment, ask questions ect. cause I love it:) If not it seems I am just really talking to myself on there, LOL So I know a lot of people have asked where I have been, have I quit, run away to some far away destination?? NOPE! I have been crazy busy working on ME! These pictures & this blog post are over 2 years in the making, and I just couldn’t be more excited to finally post them. Here’s a little glimpse into my soul, why I have been so busy & why my poor little blog has gone on the back burner……….
Over 2 years ago I found myself drowning in the sea of life, it’s hard to explain but life really just had gotten the better of me! As one of my dear friends would say, “Nichole if it weren’t for bad luck you would have no luck at all”. Ah, yes indeed that was true, or so I thought. Here I was in my 20’s w/ a failing business, about to celebrate my 9 year anniversary & knee deep in debt. I had 2 young kids both of which had some sort of special need. My husband had just hit his one year mark of being unemployed, and we were one month from being completely out of our life savings, even after having to sell our dream home, car, and pretty much anything that was worth money! I was watching the last 10 years of the life that I had worked so hard to build completely fall apart including what meant most to me my marriage! I had a lot of pain & I ate every ounce of it! I hated me, I hated who I had become, & I hated who I wasn’t. I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs w/out being seriously winded & then needing sleeping pills just to end the day!
I realized something drastic needed to be done or I was going to lose it all & I realized the change had to start w/ me! Someone once told me it takes two to make a relationship work but only ONE to mess it up, and I was about to be that ONE! So I went on a journey to find myself, to heal my past hurts & to prove to the world that this was not how it was supposed to be. I realized that my God didn’t sacrifice His son for me live this crap mediocre life anymore! It wasn’t easy by any means, but if anyone knows me they know not only am I a survivor I am one strong willed fighter. As the pounds came off so did the issues that caused them. And in the midst of it all God taught me that “PAIN = POWER”! Wow, what an incredible concept right? Today I am writing to you as a new person inside & out. I am 100 pounds thinner completely medication FREE, but most importantly I am whole again. I made it through the storm w/out drowning, and I can finally walk on that water! This year my soul mate & me will celebrate 12 years and we are happier than we have EVER been. My boys are thriving, along with my business. My husband has his dream job, & we live in the most fantastic place on earth! I know not everyone makes it out of the storm, or their results maybe be different but I realized I have pretty good luck after all! So no matter what you are going through or what your goal is don’t let life win. Stare it in the face & you tell it to “suck it” & turn that “Pain into Power”!
* A special thanks to my favorite chubby buddies, the Blue team & all my supportive friends & lovies:)
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Hello sweet October, aren’t you so excited? I know I am:) I have so much planned into these next few months I can hardly stand my excitement. Especially since moving to Charleston and all the fun fall activities they have going on here, plus I am a total pumpkin fanatic!!! It started with my first pregnancy and has never left me. I completely LOVE anything pumpkin, bread, pie, cheesecake, muffins, lattes, you name it’s all so yummy!
As the fall approaches, so does the end of the year which really makes me reflect. I have to admit now that I have really struggled with my blog, making time to write and figuring out what to write in it is a battle sometimes. So thank you all my faithful blog readers, thank you for reading, and writing me, I truly LOVE hearing from you! Lately I have been really bored not as in I have nothing to do, cause with a family, a business, and 2 very busy boys my plate is very full but personally. I have been just itching to do something new, creative, or different. SO, I have decided to start a new project I don’t have a creative name for it just yet, and I’m sure it’s been done before but I want to create a blog spotlight of extraordinary people who live among us! So once, a month or depending on how many I get I want to feature REAL people, with REAL stories right here! Along with lots of pretty pictures of course, it is still a photography blog right, LOL.
So, here’s the deal. If you have an amazing story about your life, a miracle, a way that God had rescued you in a mighty way than I want to hear from YOU!!! Come spend an afternoon in beautiful Charleston, let me give you a FREE session, and write YOUR story! I believe we all have a story, so if you’re brave enough to share it on here, to bare your soul, to tell people how you have hurt, and how you have healed than I want to help you share it and document it:) I originally wanted to do this for teens/youth, but now I want to hear from anyone young old and in-between……………… SO, my dear if you’re still reading this and interested shoot me an e-mail with your info, and why you want your story to be told:) Can’t wait to hear from y’all……………………..nichole
PS Is that little girl not the cutest thing ever? Taken from her one year session:)
Can I say that sometimes I just love my job so much, I could just pinch myself! Well this was for sure one of those times! For the March Issue of Reach Out Columbia I had the privilege to shoot their cover story. This month’s article not only is fabulous but it is very near and dear to my heart! Growing up in foster care I can relate to some of the hardships these children face, and strongly believe that places like the Jubilee Academy can save a child’s life!
The article is about Columbia, South Carolina’s very own Blind Side story. Sandee Hensley founded Heartworks Ministry, an after school program for inner-city children, as well as Jubilee Academy which provides a safe, nurturing, Christian environment for inner city children. During her many years of ministry God put in her path a young man named Todd McClintock. Through her years of dedication and mentoring she was able to help direct Todd who was recruited to SC very own Clemson University! Since graduating from Clemson Todd McClintock is back in Columbia, and has joined the staff of Jubilee Academy as assistant head master! WOW, isn’t that just amazing…… I love to see how God works things in full circle. If you are in the Columbia area hurry and go grab yourself a magazine so you can read the rest of this amazing story!
And let me tell you, the day I visited Jubilee Academy for the shoot was such a wonderful experience. It was such a happy, and inviting place. And these children are absolutely darling, you would never have known you were walking into a school for inner city children who have come from backgrounds filled with gangs, drugs, abuse, sex and crime.
If you are interested in a session to benefit this ministry, or donating directly to them here is a list of some of there current needs………………>Vacuum Cleaners, Apple Computers, Tires for 3 vehicles, Chairs for classrooms, lunches including fruit daily, mini bus, , woodworking materials, tools, & gift cards. There is also a complete list and instructions for donating at www.heartworksminitry.org
I have three big milestones to celebrate. First off Nichole Alexandra Photography is officially one year old:) Number 2 I am one week away from completing my amazing Beth Moore study. And third I have hit the 25 pounds lost mark! Whooohoo! My little life challenge I started in January has been an amazing journey. I feel like every page I complete of my study and every pound I lose is revealing the real me!
It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since I started my business. WOW, what a crazy, exciting, amazing year it has been. I want to thank all my wonderful clients, friends, fans, and family for all your support and encouragement you have made my first year a true success.
For fun I am posting and image of some of my new favorite things that have helped make my new healthy lifestyle a reality.
1. Joining “The Biggest Loser” competition at my local gym Hampton Hill Athletic Club
2. Luna Bars for woman these things are really super good, perfect when you are super busy and packed with nutrition and protein, my fav is the white chocolate macadamia 🙂
3. Water, I know it’s over rated but it really does help
4. Polar Heart Rate Monitor this thing rocks! I really love this thing and won’t exercise with out it. It tracks your heart rate, calories burned, it tells you when to speed it up or slow it down, and so much more:)
Wow, is it February already? How in the world did that happen? I guess it feels like it is still the holiday season cause I only put away my Christmas tree about 2 weeks ago! LOL Yes, I am one of those, I like to hold on to the holidays for as long as I can.
With a new year brings lots of new things not only for Nichole Alexandra Photography but for me personally. I have decided this year will be my year! The year that I really embrace life and become the woman I know God has made me to be. I know you mom’s can understand where I am coming from. It’s like one day you wake up and realize where have I gone? I have been up to my elbows in diapers, the numerous doctor visits I have to take my son who has apraxia to every week, trying to figure out a way to rid our world of this thing called a peanut which could kill my son, and frankly all that really leaves no energy left for me.
In an attempt to be the new me, I have decided to start with two big things. The 1st one is I joined an intense Bible study at the local church we have been attending. It’ s called Breaking Free by Beth Moore and so far it is amazing I highly recommend it. The 2nd thing I have done is enter myself into a “Biggest Loser” weight loss competition at a really great gym in town. I am just so tickled about all these new changes!
So stay tuned as I update y’all on not only my photography, but on me & my new adventures:) On a fun note I have posted a few shots from my boys Christmas pictures, enjoy.