I’m back!!!!!…….. Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina Photographer

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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After Images By Heather Byrd at Infinity Images

 

 

 

 

  • May 4, 2012 - 10:29 am

    Lindsay - Wow Nichole! Congratulations! You are truly an inspiration, and I hope I can find some of your initiative as I start my own journey to getting in shape physically and mentally. Thanks for sharing your story and photos. I’m so happy for you and your beautiful family!

  • May 4, 2012 - 10:35 am

    Malisa meldrim - Wow!! Nichole, you made me tear up. I love this entire story and your little family!, the best part is you trusting in God! To God be the Glory. You are an amazing, strong, and talented woman. (mother and wife) So proud of who you have become. love, Malisa 🙂

  • May 4, 2012 - 10:42 am

    Laurie - I think you are an amazing woman Nichole. To share your story and to be so honest and open is fantastic and I for one thank you for it. Everything you described is exactly what I am going through right now in my life. Failing business, failing marriage, failing life. You are an inspiration and I hope so much that next year at this time I will be posting a positive uplifting story about how I changed it all around. GOD BLESS YOU!

  • May 4, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    Theresa Murphy - AMAZING!!!!!! I have never known anyone with so much perceverience. You amaze me every day!!!! You look incredible.

  • May 4, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    Amy Roberts - Well hello there hottie! You look AMAZING!!

  • May 10, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Terri - Wow, what a story! Just went back to MFP after a lone pity party and there is your story. Reality check needed and thank you! You look marvelous and enjoy all your rewards.

  • May 29, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    rachel clare - This is an amazing story of strength and perseverance! So proud of you! You deserve all the happiness and blessings in the world!

  • May 29, 2012 - 4:08 pm

    Kristi - Incredible! Congrats 🙂

  • May 29, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Cindy - Nichole, you are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing this so freely on your blog as I can relate in a lot of ways. Congratulations on your many successes! I am so happy for you!

  • July 3, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    Sunny - You look amazing!!!

  • October 18, 2013 - 9:20 am

    Kayla - Love your blog! You are beautiful, inside & out.

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