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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Giveaway Winners!! | Starting Over

Greetings, friends!

Shall we start the evening off with some music? Yes, let’s. Do you have your coffee? Tea? Bubbly? Brewskie? Perfect. Here we go!

My last day at my 9-5 job is tomorrow. I. Am. SO EXCITED!! I’m excited for new opportunities, for challenging myself with things that interest me, for personal growth, for happiness, and of course, for snuggling with Rusty non-stop.Frank Sinatra Watercolor Print | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | www.nikkitranphotography.com

However, I’m leaving behind some wonderful people and that makes me quite sad. I’ve been cautious with making friends the older I get, having been burned one too many times, but I’m fortunate that I have gained some truly great friends over the past (almost) 2 years. (I’m sure you know who you are if you’re reading this – sending hugs to you all!! xoxo)

I’ve been asked what I’m going to do on Monday, now that the time has finally come to be on my own. Would you be surprised if I told you there were lists everywhere on my wall in my office? (You know I love a good list.) Yes, lists are on my wall so every time I look up from my desk, I’m reminded of the enormous job I’ve taken on of starting over. Each list has a HUGE goal, and then it’s broken down into mid-size goals, and then each of those goals are broken down intomini goals that will help me reach that mid-size goal, which then in turn will help me reach those HUGE goals. Needless to say, I’m thrilled. I really can’t wait to get my hands dirty and attack those mini goals, to dive head-first into this to see if I sink or swim (I’m banking on the swimming part, aren’t you? :))

Now that my head is clear and my time is (almost) my own, I’ve noticed how content and in-the-moment I feel. My random ailments I’ve unfortunately grown in the past year and a half have been occurring less, and would you believe I’ve even lost weight? I didn’t realize how stressed I was not chasing my goals until I was finally able to chase my goals. And me being so happy makes me want to make YOU so happy!! So, let’s get on with the giveaway, shall we?! :)Lanesboro, MN | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | www.nikkitranphotography.com

I couldn’t pick just one winner, so I chose THREE WINNERS!! I collected all the lovely names that left lovely comments here and on Facebook and numbered you all. Then I stuck your numbers into a random number generator and lo and behold, we have our THREE lucky winners!! :) You ready?! I’m drum-rolling right now, just so you don’t think I’m taking this lightly.






YAY!!! Congratulations you three!! I’m so excited and incredibly flattered so many people entered!! :) I will reach out to you winners and you can tell me what you’d like to receive out of the 3 gifts!! :)

And now dear friends, I have to trot off into the frigid cold to pick up my darling Paul from the bus stop. You all mean so much to me and I’m entirely too grateful you’ve stuck with me for so long. Cheers to you, to the weekend, and to the person who invented the electric blanket. xoxo