Welcome to Women AF. A podcast hosted by 3 friends who have bonded over entrepreneurial dreams, potty training gone wrong, and plans to dismantle the patriarchy... oh, and murder podcasts, duh.
We all clicked immediately when we met, like that rare magical thing where you meet a new person and suddenly “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen is playing out of nowhere and you’ve linked arms and are skipping together happily down the road. The three of us are similar in many ways, but we have a lot of very interesting differences, which we’ll explore in some future episodes.
Above all, we’re going to keep it real. We’re not here to talk about how precious each moment with our children is, or how we’re always brave in the face of adversity. We struggle, and we want that fact to be out there, because it’s our reality and we know listeners can relate. We’ll probably swear (and by probably, we mean that we will), we may get graphic, we might get a bit dark at times, but we also never take ourselves too seriously, so no matter the topic, we’re going to have some laughs and hopefully always find a positive takeaway.
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Hi, I’m Nicole. My life motto is "I came, I saw, I made it awkward." You might kindly say, "Oh, Nicole, you’re exaggerating." To that, I will say one word: "Homeschooled". :) The end. I win.
I grew up in a crafty home. If it had something to do with creativity, I probably did it. Stamping cards, scrapbooking, crocheting, painting and even that trend where you make decorative plates by gluing paper to the backs of them? Details were always fuzzy with that one, but if it had something to do with creating something, you betcha I did it. So it’s not a big surprise that I grew up and went into the graphic design/advertising field. However, I didn’t stop there. Even though my full-time job title is Art Director, I still enjoy photography, watercolor, crocheting, and of course, niche IG handles for my plants.
I try to share that creativity with my two kids. In my head, I have this perfect vision of a Saturday with my family, all laughing and making beautiful pieces of art together. Everyone’s doing some different form of art — maybe my youngest is drawing a still life, my husband is building a beautiful kitchen table, and my oldest is knitting a cozy throw blanket or something. In reality, my attempted creative days always end with tears and someone hiding under the table. OK, it’s me. I’m that someone.
But hey … my kids are only 3 years old and almost a year, so I guess I have some time. Fingers crossed.
Who am I? I am a girl who loves my island; I am a girl who loves the sea … oh wait. That’s Moana. In all seriousness, it's tough to summarize who I am because I think of myself as a woman who has lived many lives by this point. It's hard to wrap it all up into one short bio.
One running thread through it all has been a lifelong love of words. As a kid, I usually chose reading in my room rather than playing outside with friends, and I remember getting in trouble in sixth grade for reading The Outsiders underneath my desk during class (it was too good; I couldn’t stop!). And now by trade I’m a proofreader and editor, and I feel really lucky that I’ve been able to turn what I’ve always loved into a steady source of income.
I’m also a mom, to a 9-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, and oh my, what a challenging role it’s been. I don’t think I’ve always done the best job, but at least those 2 motivate me to always try to be better, so I’m grateful to them for that.
Someone recently told me they believe everyone has an alter ego who represents their most badass, confident self (think Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce). Mine is definitely a heavy metal rocker chick who can hold her own in the mosh pit. So while my actual everyday aesthetic is flannel and comfy cardigans, and you’ll hear me talking about totally un-metal topics like breastfeeding and gender roles, feel free to picture me with black lipstick, heavy eyeliner, and leather studded bracelet cuffs, throwing up the horns.
I want to grow up to be a glasses-wearing unicorn who loves reading YA novels and playing co-op board games. I am a self-professed book nerd and unicorn lover (if my previous sentence didn’t clue you in.) When I was a kid I used to get grounded from reading when I got in trouble. As a Mom, I have less time to read, but I try to make up for it by ignoring my kids while I drive and listening to e-books. I love unicorns. Like, I’ve loved them since way before it was cool. (I know that’s true because I’ve always loved unicorns and have never been cool). I love them so much that when my husband moved back to Wisconsin with me and saw the hoard collection of unicorn stuff I had amassed over the years, he seriously questioned the decisions he had made in his life.
Other fun facts: I love researching things. I love writing. I have 2 kids (a 3 year old and a 1 year old). I’m a type 1 diabetic with some other fun health things going on like PCOS and Hashimoto's. I am a Digital Marketing Manager by day and by night I have a bunch of side hustles happening - mainly this podcast, a photography business with my husband, and an exciting super-secret project I’m working on that I will dramatically unveil in the future. I believe in social justice and living with integrity. I try to do the right thing. I try to be a good role model to my kids. But, most importantly, I also believe in having grace with yourself and the people around you.