Nicola Says is a blog dedicated to the journey of creating a happy, organised and fulfilling home and life.
This blog started as a personal diary after moving into our first family home – documenting moments, talking about parenting milestones and recommending some of our favourite products and brands. Over time it has been on a journey with me through a second pregnancy, career development, moving into freelancing and finding my way as an individual. It became less about me and my children and more about documenting the journey that I’m on towards a more contented life.
These days, Nicola Says is home to content covering parenting and family life, happy homes and simple living, as well as features on running a business and work/life balance. My ambition is to grow it into a destination for other parents looking to embrace simpler family living, organised homes and lives, and enjoying those everyday moments. It’s still my online diary too, so expect to see updates as we transform our house into a home and my journey towards a happy and organised life.
If you’re new here, I’d recommend my recent post on how to declutter your digital life.
My own journey
Growing up I lived a life hidden away and avoiding 99% of situations, thanks to social anxiety. I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, and moved through life with no goals or ambitions that kept changing. The first small changes happened when I started in the world of work and became more confident in my skills and discovering what I enjoyed. Another huge step forward was embracing the confidence that you need as a new mum after the birth of my first child Oscar in 2013 – then again in 2016 after becoming a parent again to Ottilie.
By far the biggest progress I’ve made to date has been the (frustratingly simple) realisation that it’s within my power to make change happen. To change my attitude and approach to situations, to change my appearance and be confident in it, and to change as an individual. I realised that we don’t have to stay the same person we once were. We’re allowed to adapt, to prosper, to find ourselves and to change the world we live in – however small.
This realisation has inspired me to seek out habits and ways of being a better person and parent, starting with making our home somewhere that’s organised and a place to relax and enjoy. I’m also working on my self confidence, achieving my career/business goals and extending my comfort zone. I now run my own marketing and social media consultancy alongside this blog.
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