I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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If I had to choose:

Dreams & Taking a Poll

My goodness, it has been pretty quiet on the blog, hasn’t it? For that, I have no explanation except partial laziness. I really do love blogging, I promise. But the things I want to write about have little or nothing to do with photography. And sometimes, there’s really no point to the things I want to write about – sometimes I just want to write to you, update you with life, tell you more about our life here, or just write a little something that will send cheer your way! Sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason to my ideas that bounce in my head and I’m hoping that’s okay with you. :) The hardest part about this blog is really, I have little information on my audience – that’s you, friends! On my Facebook page, I know quite a bit are my personal friends, past and present clients, and even some photographers. But when it comes to my blog reader demographic, I’m clueless. This is where you can help! I created a poll specifically for my blog. All I need from you is to check the top two topics (or just one) you enjoy reading about – you won’t receive any spam or anything by doing this, but you will help me a ton!  I’ll still have a mix of posts on my blog, but this will help me hone in on posts you all enjoy, too. :)

On the days my favorite bloggers write new posts, I make sure I have a good pot of tea ready so I can fully enjoy it and I take my time doing so. My hope for this blog is that you look forward to reading it – you leave feeling happy and not like you wasted five minutes of your life. So, before I continue chatting away, could you pretty please take the poll below by choosing, at the most, your TOP TWO topics?? It would mean the world to me. :)


What would you like to see on the blog?

And now we continue! This is going to be one of those “no rhyme or reason” posts, I can just feel it. :)

As I said earlier, it’s been a tad quiet on the blog. And it’s also been a tad quiet at home. Since wedding season doesn’t start back up again for us until August, I’ve been keeping busy with my other part of my business (Photoshop actions – if you’re a photographer friend, stay tuned for this weekend when I release a new set of actions plus a big sale!)

The days begin pretty early for me; Paul has been helping me become a morning person. He wakes me up, so kindly, by turning on the bright light and singing really loud before he leaves for work. I come downstairs, the morning light blasting through the dining room doors, feed Rusty and make my tea and toast. It takes me longer than the average person to become fully awake and ready to start my day, so Rusty and I take it easy in the morning and I write or read for an hour.

Mine and Rusty’s days are spent cuddling, creating new editing recipes in Photoshop, catching up on paperwork, some daydreaming slips in, and really, just working towards my dreams. Paul comes home later in the day and thus begins our talk about our 5-year plan; our goals for work, our dreams, where will we go next, etc. Every day we talk about our dreams – it gets us excited, motivated, inspired, it keeps us going in the right direction. At night Paul works some more and I devote my time to painting, playing piano, reading, or writing. When the weather is lovely (which hopefully it will be soon – these cold temperatures don’t belong in May!) we meander outside to garden, have bonfires, or swing on our swing – lake in view and we discuss our dreams among the birdies.

Like I said, it’s pretty quiet around here – the hustle and bustle of wedding season is still at bay so until then, we use our days to work towards our dreams, and we dream a little more each day. That’s the wonderful thing about being married to your best friend, your dreams just sort of squish together to make one whole, giant, beautiful dream. We push each other, praise each other, dream together.

One of our dreams is coming true this weekend; we’re heading to NYC!! We’re visiting my brother and his family and then we’re all going together to the Big Apple. Sight-seeing, touring the Statue of Liberty (dream come true – my goodness!), finding great-grandpa’s name at Ellis Island, strolling through Central Park, seeing Times Square IN PERSON, singing Frank Sinatra while on the ferry with the City in view – yes, we cannot wait. :)

It’s time to get back to creating and paperwork (perhaps some lunch, too). Again, I would love, love, LOVE it if you would take the poll above – it would just make my day. :) The next time I blog I’ll be able to think to myself, “Alright, what do my friends want to read about today?” And I’ll actually know the answer!! :) Until then, see you in NYC, friends!