Happy New Year!
Launching my blog on the first day of 2019 seemed like a perfect idea. New years are for clean slates and fresh starts. New years are for embarking on new adventures and meeting new people. New years are for embracing change and continuing to grow and appreciate all the amazing things and people already in our lives.
For me, this new year means a new blog and a new personal brand!
If we were meeting for the first time in person versus on the interwebs, I’d be standing in front of you, wringing my hands and shuffling my feet while trying to determine exactly what I should say. I’d have a zillion thoughts racing through my head. Am I smiling enough? Making enough eye contact? What should I say? How can I get hold you attention? Do you like me?
Sitting behind my computer is a bit different. I still have thoughts racing through my head, but they’re more along the lines of, “What the hell do people want to read about in an introductory blog post?” I’ve been dabbling in websites and blogging since the days when Angelfire and LiveJournal were the shit, and introducing myself hasn’t gotten any easier. But, I think it’s important for everyone who comes here to know who the woman behind the blog is.
So, without further ado … here we go.
My name is Nikki. I’m a 34-year-old Minneapolis, MN native. My day job is in social services. I’m on the executive team at a Twin Cities agency that serves individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, and mental health diagnoses. I have a BS in Management and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. I plan on pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership in the next few years. I love learning. School makes me happy and I’m constantly looking for ways to expand my knowledge and discover new things.
Writing is my biggest passion in life. I started churning out stories when I was about five years old, and I haven’t stopped since. It’s therapeutic for me (oh hey, self-care) and it’s my outlet for all the ideas that are constantly swimming around in my head. I have some Twilight fanfiction pieces posted (no, I’m not sharing my penname, lol) somewhere on the web. I’m currently working on two original fiction stories that I plan to self-publish in the next two years. I’m also obsessed with reading, so if you ever want to talk books, come find me on social media and we can! I legit read 3-4 books a month, sometimes more if I have the time.
I’m a plus-size lady and I love it. I’ve always been bigger, which meant enduring a lot of teasing and bullying. It came from kids at school, people in the community, strangers, and even members of my own family. I’ve experienced eating disorders, been completely immersed in this nasty thing called diet culture, and tried (without success) many times to shrink myself for all the wrong reasons. It’s taken me years to build confidence, but I have and now, I’m in love with myself and my body. I have fat rolls. I have a big stomach, because that’s where I carry my weight. I have a double chin, saggy skin on my thighs and biceps, and plenty of other imperfections but you know what? I love myself despite these. In fact, I think my imperfections make me love myself even more. I’m grateful for the body I was given and I want to see other plus-size women be able to love themselves too. Empowering other women, especially my fellow plus-size sisters, is important to me and something I strive to do every day.
I live with anxiety and depression. Looking back, I’m pretty sure I’ve suffered from both since I was a teen. I’ve spent lots of time working through things and learning what I need to do to keep myself in a good place. It took a long time and a lot of struggles to get here. Even though our society hs come a long way in this arena, there’s still a ton of negative stigma around mental health, medications, and therapy. You’ll see me addressing this here on the blog, and working to break down misconceptions, stereotypes, and barriers related to mental health. One of my personal missions is to educate people about mental health in hopes of creating more awareness and motivating our society to band together to advocate for more resources and better care for individuals who suffer from mental illness.
Getting healthy, both mentally and physically, is my main focus right now. I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) when I was 19. PCOS is an endocrine disorder, which means my hormones are all out of whack and messed up. It also causes insulin resistance and some other undesirable symptoms. I spent a lot of years unaware of how to treat this but, with lots of research and talking to others who have the disorder, I’ve got a much better grasp on what I need to do. My own health is important to me, and in an effort to promote my health, I live a mostly Paleo life. This lifestyle works best for me and has given me the best results when it comes to getting physically healthy and mentally healthy.
I’m single—and I love it. I don’t have kids (and don’t want any), but I do have a heard of cats that I love more than life itself. (You’ll see pictures of them at some point, trust me.) When I’m not working or busy with one of my many projects, I enjoy trying new restaurants (food is my favorite, lol), going to MN Twins games, walking the lakes in Uptown Minneapolis, catching a movie, or kicking it with my friends. I love to travel (NYC and Nashville are my favorite cities to visit) and I have the most incredible group of friends and family ever. Music is a big deal to me, especially Butch Walker’s music. Tattoos, glitter, and anything unicorn-related make me smile.
You’ll get to know more of me through my posts here and if you follow me on social media. I plan on showing you glimpses of my personal life and talking about things like body positivity, living with mental illness, and overcoming challenges and negative self-talk in order to succeed and see your dreams turn into reality.
I like to think of Minneapolis Girl Writes as a lifestyle blog, with snippets of my personal life woven into it too.
I’m excited to take this journey and to share my own experiences and knowledge with the rest of the world. I have a lot to say and now, after 34 years of preparation, I’m finally ready to speak up and unleash it.
I’d love to get to know more about my visitors too! Tell me about yourself in the comments!
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