Welcome to Minneapolis Girl Writes! Thanks for visiting the site.

I’m Nikki. I’m 35 and living in Minneapolis, MN. My career is in social services, where I work in upper management. By night I’m an aspiring author, an avid blogger, and a woman on a mission to inspire others, help people find the strength inside to succeed, and give the world a glimpse of what it’s like in my plus-sized, fun world.

I’m passionate about a number of things. I love helping others and am grateful to have a career where I get to do this every day. I’m passionate about writing, music (Butch Walker will forever be my favorite), reading, traveling, advocating for mental health awareness and treatment, fitness, and empowering others, especially fellow plus-sized women.

I’ve lived with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager, but didn’t receive a formal diagnosis or start treating these conditions until I was in my mid-20s. I’ve engaged in self-harm, dealt with bullying, attempted suicide, relied on substances to alleviate the pain I felt, and had my world drop out from beneath me on a few occasions. In addition, I’ve been a big girl as far back as I can remember. I never spent time thinking about the consequences of my unhealthy lifestyle until they caught up with me and I found myself living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, and Gout. This spawned a desire to change and to share my story with others.

I’m a cat mom who loves her morning coffee and a good audiobook on the drive in to work. I’m agnostic, but accepting of others’ beliefs and willing to engage in respectful discourse surrounding them. I’m an Aquaricorn with a wild imagination and motivation to slay my goals and rule the world at some point. When I fall in love with something or someone, I fall hard and submerge myself fully in it. I love tattoos, glitter, gardening, living a Paleo life, and everything about Minnesota. My friends and family are my life and I wouldn’t change a thing about the path that brought me to where I am in life.

When I started Minneapolis Girl Writes, I wanted it to be a lifestyle blog. After a bit of a hiatus, changes in my health,  and a lot of thinking, I’ve decided to use this platform as a place to catalog my personal journey to a healthier me. What does that mean? The entries are going to be personal and they may deal with subject matter that’s difficult to handle and triggering at times. I’m going to be transparent and authentic, sharing my struggles, successes, and frustrations along the way. You’ll likely find some lifestyle elements sprinkled around as well—travel round ups, recipes, product recommendations and reviews, and more. But, at the end of the day, I’m claiming this space as my little corner of the internet. It won’t always be sunshine and roses, but it will be 100% me and that’s what matters.

Feel free to reach out on social media or drop me a line at minneapolisgirlwrites@gmail.com. I love connecting and hearing others’ stories, and making new friends in this vast online world.


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