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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It’s Officially LAUNCH DAY!

Nikki Jean Tran GIVEAWAY | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | www.nikkitranphotography.comFriends, it’s finally here. I’ve been working towards this day for the past 8 months and I’m thrilled to be writing this blog post to you!!

I’m officially announcing my comeback into small business. 

Woo hoo!!! If I could I’d be bouncing off the walls right now like Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. Excited would be an understatement – I’m elated!! (You know in Mighty Ducks 2 when they enter the final game in their new jerseys?! That’s me right now, wearing a familiar yet updated jersey, anxious to step back on the ice.)

Let’s back up, shall we?

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably knew this was coming quite soon. And if you read this blog post looooong ago, you might remember me saying this was my new adventure; beginning another small creative business focused on serving other small creative business owners, with a mix of watercolor prints, paper products, and photography resources. It’s the necessary umbrella that covers all my creative adventures into one online shop for everybody; photographers, small business owners, and anyone else who enjoys my work. :)

Take a look!! Visit nikkijeantran.com to see what I’m up to! Explore! Go ahead…I’ll wait. :)

From the very beginning, since 2012, I read how small business owners would do better if they could find one niche. So I began photography, narrowing it down to just weddings and engagements. But, I always felt a pull to do more. I began creating Photoshop actions to sell to other photographers who loved to play in Photoshop like I did. But, because that wasn’t wedding or engagement-related, I thought I had to separate that into its own business. It all became really confusing when I began to want to explore more about design, specifically web design and development. I began teaching myself HTML and CSS, exploring other web designing platforms and shyly telling people I’d like to begin designing websites, sometimes getting a client or two that trusted me to try out this new adventure. But again, I wanted to do more.

Three years ago I began teaching myself how to watercolor. I’d always had a desire to paint, since I was quite young. And Paul, being the wonderful man he is, told me to just go for it. I did, and I fell in love with another creative endeavor. It was as if I was continuing to feed my hunger for everything that caught my eye. Although my passion for weddings and engagements began to waiver, I still loved photography. I still loved creating Photoshop actions, I still loved learning about design, and I still very much loved watercolors.

Instead of realizing they were all intertwining – maybe not on the straight and narrow path one would like to see, but on a path nonetheless – I insisted they weren’t relevant to each other; I’d have to pick one or none. How could people hire me if I was all over the place? I’d only confuse them. And you all know what happened. I just quit.

I thought these creative acts were just meant to be hobbies, nothing more (even though I knew I was good at it and would have loved to offer these services to people!). At work I would daydream about life back at home with Rusty, cocooned in my office and learning how I could help others with art, whatever kind that was. I would get bursts of motivation to seek out information on starting a business from scratch, gathering all the tools I needed, even creating the beginning stages of a website. But it remained a daydream until only a few months ago.

I think we all have our breaking points in life, and we all can sense when they’re about to happen. I say breaking point, not in a negative way, but as if our heart is so full with hope it might actually explode. Mine officially exploded while we were in Disney World. Shocking, right? My website had been pretty much finished by the beginning of the New Year and I had a pretty detailed map of where this business could go. But I doubted, and then became fearful, and turned back to doubt. Like I said in my last post, Disney World couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. Perhaps it’s corny to you, but it was the inspirational push I needed to really go after my life; grab it by the tail and create my happily ever after.

I quit my day job.

My last day is next Friday and if you’re wondering if I’m nuts…perhaps? I’m walking away from a stable job, good friends, and a decent paycheck. Yes, I think I might be nuts, too. On the other hand, I don’t remember being this happy with my entire life in…I really don’t know how long. When I married Paul, probably. I’m absolutely terrified, but my excitement and hope outweighs it by millions. I’ve been trickling in business already and each moment I get to work on it, I become more and more excited about what’s to come.

Paul and I have a plan for our life and this is a huge step in the right direction, I just know it. I’m ready for the long hours, the unknowing, the determination, the skipped meals, the exhaustion, and the frustration. I’m ready to begin building my future again and helping those who want to do the same.

Now to the good stuff! Because this is such an exciting day for me, I want it to be exciting for you too – you’ve been with me for so long and I owe you. :) You’re all the bee’s knees, so I’ve created a GIVEAWAY for you all, whether you’re a lover of art, a photographer, or a small business owner, there’s something for everybody!! :)

To enter, leave a comment below (or on my Facebook post sharing this link) with which gift you’d like to receive. The options are listed below:

8 x 10 Wall Art – perfect for Spring, which is hopefully right around the corner!! (Frame not included)

Nikki Jean Tran GIVEAWAY | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | www.nikkitranphotography.com


a set of 75 sky, snow, and fairy dust overlays to use in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements!!

Nikki Jean Tran GIVEAWAY | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | www.nikkitranphotography.com


a brand new custom logo for your small business!!

Nikki Jean Tran GIVEAWAY | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | www.nikkitranphotography.com

Remember friends, make sure to LEAVE A COMMENT telling me which you’d like to receive on the blog OR ON FACEBOOK!! :) Tell your friends if you think they’d be interested in entering too!! The GIVEAWAY will end at 6pm CT, Thursday, February 8th, 2018 – and not a minute sooner!!! :) Thank you for riding along – it shall definitely be an interesting journey. So glad to have you all with me. :) xoxoxo

  1. Anna Severson says:

    I would love to have those gorgeous skies! Beautiful work!!!

  2. Nana says:

    Nana just wants to tell you how proud I am of you sweetie pie..Always follow your dream.:) :) :)

  3. Chloe says:

    I am in the process of changing names and rebranding… a little scary I am sure you know! I would love a new logo! Congratulations to you on following your dreams :) :)

  4. Toni says:

    You are my inspiration…..Elma!! :) Proud of you lady!

  5. Jackie says:

    What a lovely giveaway,congratulations on your new adventures!!! I would love to win the logo. Thanks:)

  6. Patty Schaber says:

    I love reading your blogs and love love all of your art work!

  7. Kassandra says:

    So happy and excited for you, and how could I not try and win the photoshop actions :)