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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Office Makeover | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | www.nikkitranphotography.comHello, dear reader. Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods yet? Snow is drip-dropping off the ledge outside my office windows right now and the birds are making quite the racket in the trees in our neighbor’s yard. I couldn’t be more thrilled!!

I really don’t have a set topic for this blog post today, I just felt like saying hi since it’s been almost a month since I last wrote. I’m still doing the usual dance and routine everyday when Paul leaves for work. Rusty and I are still embracing long mornings before shuffling upstairs with tea and something to snack on. He lays by the window and I look at the big list of to-do’s I create at the beginning of each week and see what I feel like tackling at the moment. My head goes every which way with this little business, to photography, to art, to writing, to design – I never know where to start! On Mondays especially, I just begin doing something that seems appealing and the momentum begins to roll, like a train beginning to run on the tracks. Last week I was sick a day or two and had also spent two of my days painting the office walls, so I’ve got loads to catch up on this week. (Wait until you see my office now! We just received white blinds in the mail about 20 minutes ago, so when Paul comes home perhaps he can hang them for me and my next post will be a before and after of this room! :))

Kitchen Decor | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | nikkitranphotography.comPaul just booked our next vacation for us and as he points out, “Now we’ve got something to look forward to.” ….:) He needs a vacation badly, and it’s just his cup of tea where we’re going this time: Costa Rica! We’re ready for jungle views, endless views of the sea, and nothing to do but swim, sleep, read, write, and eat. Our last trip brought us to Disney World if you remember, and clearly that was my choice for vacation. I enjoy the more tourist-type destinations and Paul would rather be doing nothing on a beach – we need each other to give us a good balance. :) Paul also has to travel to Seattle for work soon and lucky me gets to be his carry-on luggage! I’ve been wanting to visit Seattle for years – excited to do some exploring in the Northwest.

I’ve decided I have a short attention span with projects now that I have the time to do them. I get so excited about one, finish most of it, and then jump to the next thing I’ve been dying to try. An unfortunate consequence is a pile of unfinished projects and a big belly of guilt. This is why I need Paul. Every night we do an Accountability Check and I show him my week’s list of to-do’s and then go over what I got done, why things aren’t done, and my issues/fears/concerns/hopes. He’s been wonderful. Even though he comes home exhausted from work he’s always ready to jump into the ring with me, encouraging me to continue with something I didn’t think was so good, or reminding me why I’m choosing to do a certain project, or giving me suggestions on what could be done instead.

Two projects I’ve been steadily working on are long-lived daydreams finally coming true. I can’t tell you yet, I’d like to have more done before I invite you in, but that is where most of my days lead me. In between working on these projects I find time to update my Photoshop actions collections, working on a new set to offer photographers, and I learn more about marketing, finance, Carnival Watercolor Print | Nikki Jean Tran Blog | www.nikkitranphotography.com audience reach – all the things that truly need to be done. With my last business as solely a wedding photographer, it was easy to reach people and then get hired. A friend of a friend would see their friend tagged in my photos on Facebook and inquiries would pop up in my inbox. Advertising seemed easy and not something to fret about. Well dear friend, this is a whole different ball game and I’m just beginning to wade in the new waters. (Not as fun as painting the day away, but what can one do?)

I’m sorry this was such a blah post, but life is just the same, day in and day out. And quite frankly, it’s been a bit of a blah day (even with the beautiful sunshine!). Next time I’ll have some pretty office photos, and maybe by then I’ll have dived further into the two projects where I will feel confident enough to tell you all about them – then you can get excited with me. :) (It is quite lonely being alone again, but the rewards far outweigh the loneliness.)

I know I’ve told you before, but if you’re truly interested in hearing more from me please feel free to follow along on Instagram. I share much more often on that platform, using it as a bit of a mini blog. I’d LOVE to see you there! Just search nikkijeantran and you should find me right away! Or, just click on the Instagram icon on the top of the right menu. :)

Enjoy your Monday, dear friends! I’ll write again soon! xoxoxo