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Today I’m featuring Nicole from Moments That Define Life! She’s a stilletto wearing, cabernet sipping Mom to three beautiful girls. Nicole is also a temporarily retired elementary school teacher and current freelance writer. She writes for Hawaii Parent Magazine and Military Spouse Magazine. She also contributes over at Tip Junkie and Saavy, Sassy Moms!
1. When did you start blogging and why. Explain the name you choose for your blog.
I started blogging in 2006 after my first daughter was born but I didn’t write consistently until I was hospitalized with my twins in 2009 and I felt the need to share that journey with others because it was another blog (Angie from Seven Clown Circus) who really helped me get through my own journey with Mono-mono twins. Beyond that, I got the writing bug and I have found real joy in sharing my life experiences with others and I look forward to expanding on that in the near future.
2. How has your blog changed over the span of time since you first began?
When I first started, it was just ramblings by another Mom. Today, there is still some of that but I do have more focus and this fall, you’ll see it even more so. Currently, I feature other bloggers in my Blog Idol Interview series, I share information on the unique twin pregnancy that I endured with our twins, I write about raising my girls, parenting in general and I reflect on the stay-at-home Mom journey.
2. How did you meet your husband?
I met my husband at a wedding of a mutual friend. My high school friend was my husband’s college room mate. When he got married, Craig was the typical groomsmen who hit on a wedding attendee and the rest is history! We’ll have been married nine years this August.
3. I know you are a teacher. How long were you teaching before you decided to stay home and raise your girls? Any desire or plans to get back into teaching?
I taught about three years prior to staying home with my first daughter. I went back for a couple more years after she turned two – so collectively I have about 5 years experience as an Elementary school teacher. I do have plans to go back at some point to teaching because the desire to positively influence the lives of children who otherwise may not have that influence in their lives is close to my heart.
4. Do you really wear stilettos?
Oh how I love my heels! I do wear them. But sadly, flip-flops and flats are making more of an appearance these days. When I have the chance though, I love to glam it up and stilettos are definitely a part of that equation.
5. How do you stay so slim and young looking? Dare to tell us your age?
This my friend is pure luck and the fact that I’m insanely busy with my family and work commitments. Although, now that I spend more time working on the computer, I do see a bit of the fluff coming on… the elliptical is calling my name – not gonna lie. As for my age, I’m 32 years young.
6. Tell us a bit about the freelance work you do when you’re not writing for your own blog.
I have been fortunate enough to write regularly for Hawaii Parent Magazine a small state publication and more recently I have been featured in Military Spouse Magazine – my first national publication. Additionally, I have the pleasure of contributing to Tip Junkie and Savvy Sassy Moms. It’s been a lot of fun and a great way to keep the ol’ “Mommy-brain” at bay.
7. Name 3 things you’d like to do before you hit middle age.
Travel or live in Europe – ideally Italy.
Publish an article in one of the bigger national publications
Launch my own online magazine.
8. Are you a Monica, a Rachel or a Phoebe from the sitcom friends? Would your family and friends agree? Explain.
I am a little bit of all of them to be honest. I have my frantic OCD moments like Monica, I’m emotional and love big like Rachel and the ditzy, comical moments that define the essence of Pheobe definitely happen to me. Although I’m not as quirky as she is.
My family would definitely agree to those things – for better or worse.
9. If you could go back to a moment in your life and re-live that moment because it was so wonderful, which moment would that be?
I would love to re-live the births of all of my daughters. I remember being in awe of the experience when I had my oldest daughter and there really are no words to describe how that moment feels – it is truly life altering. Unfortunately, I was under general anesthesia for the birth of the twins due to an emergency c-section. But if I could change those circumstances and be awake to hear their first cries, that would be priceless, especially considering the nature of my pregnancy and that we beat the 50-50 odds given to us at the start of that journey.
10. What new and exciting things do you have coming up on your blog that we should stay tuned for?
In the coming months, you will seem my blog come more focused. I have plans to have specific features on specific days and I would like it to be a resource that many enjoy coming to each day. I’m very excited to launch my blog into a new, more focused direction in an effort to reach my online magazine goals.