Category: Be Brave

When people who want to write a book or start a blog come to me for advice, I always tell them the same thing: sit down.

Sit down at your computer or sit down with your favorite notebook, even when you have nothing to say.

Just sit down and wait.

I tell them to give themselves 15 minutes of quiet ... Read More


I’ve been spending lots of time in the corn field lately.

Aberdeen is a unique community in the way town and country sort of blend into one. I live in a mature neighborhood next to a major cross street, yet two blocks away I have my corn field.

Well, it’s not MY cornfield. I’ve just sort of claimed it. It’s been ... Read More


Imagine a woman who runs an Instagram account about adding beauty to our homes.

She posts the most amazing photos of fresh-cut flowers on her counter, positioned just so to create a breezy elegance. The idea is to teach us how to create simple charm in our own kitchens.

She posts lovely Easter portraits of her perfectly coiffed children, not to brag, ... Read More


Today, I’m going to do a very scary thing.

I am going to limit my 9 year old’s time on his electronic devices. Terrifying, right?

There will be step-by-step levels of trauma.

  1. My son will surely begin a debate about how more time playing Fortnite is beneficial for his social skills (because he plays with friends online).
  2. My son will lose that debate ... Read More

We have a big calendar on the wall of our kitchen. On a normal April, it is filled. Every single day has something written on it. Baseball games, track practices, Mom’s speaking events, Dad’s recruiting trips — every day is spoken for.

When school was cancelled in March, my youngest son, Ben, took a marker and crossed everything out and wrote ... Read More


Have you seen the #WeRemember video from @TheSocialCoUK? If you do nothing else today… no shower, no making of the bed, no brushing of the teeth… do this one thing. Watch the video.

#WeRemember

SHARE A BIT OF POSITIVITY TODAY #WeRemember 🌏Amid all of the chaos created by Coronavirus on a global scale, we wanted to create a video of ... Read More


“There is a miracle on the other side of this mountain.”

I was doing a video chat with a friend and her words awoke the hope inside me. She said it’s her daily mantra. It’s the place she parks her brain when her brain wants to idle in the land of what-ifs.

She heard those words from another friend who saw ... Read More


I was talking to my brother last night. He’s a really great guy and I’m not just saying that because we have the same genes. He has this crazy, wildly biting wit, but in the next breath, he’ll be telling me he loves me. He calls and checks in with me way more than I call him. In other words, ... Read More


The coolest thing happened the other day. I got an email.

Now maybe you’re thinking, “Hey Nic, I get emails all the time. It’s really not that cool.”

Well this email was a follow up from the ”In Her Shoes” Dress for Success event I spoke at in Sioux Falls, SD several weeks ago.

Just before I got up to speak, two clients, ... Read More


It’s Monday, but I’m stuck in a time warp because I’m at a basketball tournament in Sioux Falls, SD. Basketball tournaments do that to me. I forget what day it is, what time I’m supposed to go to bed and what I should to eat to stay a human in reasonably good shape.

So it’s Monday and thanks to the diligence ... Read More