Rising to the sky

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Thoreau

Quote see in the lobby of the famous Rockefeller Tower before heading up to the “Top of the Rock”.

On top of the famous Rockefeller Tower, Midtown New York City, August 2012.

Friday I opened my email to find the theme of for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth. I stared at that six letter word and instantly thought of nature and of course my children. Both represent growth to me in different ways. Yet, once I dug a little deeper, I realized that there couldn’t be a more opportune time to receive this email than now. What about my growth?

Looking back over the last year and a half of my life, it is hard to believe how far I’ve come in changing my life. My personal growth over the last 18 months has been unexpected, surprising and immense. If you would have asked me back in January 2011 if I’d ever imagine myself standing here on top of the Rockefeller Tower in New York City, attending BlogHer ’12, a blogging conference of over 5,000 bloggers, I would have shock my head in disbelief. Really? 

Or if someone told me that my idealist beliefs of trying to change the world through volunteerism and advocacy would have come to fruition, even in a small way, I would have laughed.  Come on? I would have replied, not believing in myself. How can one person make a difference?

Yet fast forward eighteen months later, and I feel like a new woman. Determined. More confident. And aware. Aware that I can be whoever I want to be. Aware that in life, usually it is only yourself that is holding you back. Aware that we have one life to live, so why not just do it? Follow your dreams and go for it.

Back in January 2011 my life changed. Again. As a stay-at-home mom of two small children who had left my career in Corporate America with no plans of ever going back I realized that yes I could change my life and yes I could make a difference. After a life-changing trip to Nepal I started my blog. I finally had a voice, a voice outside of my life as a mom and wife. A piece of me. 

It was a huge leap of faith. I worried that no one would read my blog and no one would care. I also worried about my privacy. Exposing myself so opening on the Internet to so many strangers. But little did I know how these worries were unfound and how much blogging would change my life and give me a voice that had been silent for so long. How many strangers would become true friends. How many doors would be opened that were once closed. And to realize that nothing would have ever changed if I didn’t step out of my comfort zone and take a chance. It is true, the only one in life that holds you back is yourself. It is all up to you and the sky is the limit. 

Everything is a “bloggable” moment when you are a blogger! Me with a friendly security guard on top of the Rockefeller Tower.

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth. To see more entries, click here

Stay tuned….Although it is going to be a crazy week as I leave again in five days I have had several requests to write about what I learned at the blogging conference I attended, BlogHer ’12. I will try my best to get a post done before I leave Friday! 


  1. Nicole, I am inspired by your journey to find a voice that had been forgotten and to give it a platform to be heard. Your positivity and your ideals give me so much hope. I am a big believer in the ability to change our lives with some courage, a big idea, and a splash of audacity (although it took me a long time to get to the point that I actually believed in it), and you’ve just shown another example that this really can happen. Thank you for writing this so honestly and for taking us along for the ride. Keep doing what you are doing!

  2. Your reflections are spot-on… Keep growing lady! You cracked me up with the comment “everything is a bloggable moment…” I fee the same way and my family finds it amusing when I reach for my camera. Great photo of one my favorite skylines. Glad you enjoyed our city. When do you leave NY? 🙂

    • Thanks so much! Isn’t that photo hysterical! See, I never would have done this before. But my blog has forced me to use that third eye and experience more out of life. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words and support! 🙂

    • Thanks Jo! It will be awhile as I leave for France on Friday and am sicker than a dog, and so are the kids. I’m overwhelmed yet excited. So much I learned and can’t wait to share it with all my friends. 🙂

      • I hope you feel better soon Nicole. France – wow – are you there for long ??? You have to tell me all about their spoons…

      • I will be gone for a little over a week. It is my dad and my annual trip. We normally do it in the fall and last one was in November to china. This one is a bit earlier as we are hiking in the alps and it is a short season. I better get better soon as it won’t be much fun trying to keep up with my 69 year old dad on the trail! I will keep my eyes peeled for spoons! 🙂

    • You’re welcome! I will definitely get around to some great posts on what I learned….a ton. It will take me awhile to go through it all but I’ll be there! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your words of wisdom! I agree. Perhaps it is the one good thing about getting older. You finally begin to figure it all out and what you truly want! 🙂

  3. Anita @ Anita's Feast

    Hi Nicole, I enjoyed meeting you at BlogHer12, and am delighted to see that you made it to the top of the Rock! Thanks too for your helpful suggestions for my blog.This was a great post, and I’ll look forward to more.

    • Hi Anita! So great to meet you too! I am so behind in everything as I’ve been really sick since I’ve been back and the kids are too. They’ve kept me up till 4 am last night! Yikes! I will definitely subscribe to your blog ASAP as I can’t wait to read it! 🙂 I’m sure we’ll be in touch and I appreciate all your helpful comments too! Iv’e got a lot of work to do that’s for sure!

    • Thank you so much! I’m feeling inspired by finally having the courage to use my voice and go for it. Why not? What do I have to loose! Thanks for the encouragement and hope to make it back to the North Shore for some R&R one day!

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  6. lolakojane

    Great post, and I feel the same way about blogging. You learn so much, and yes, find yourself going to unexpected places. You are always inspiring, Nicole.

    • Oh thank you so much Lola! I’m not so sure about that as you should see me when I’m home with the kids and they are fighting like cats and dogs all day long! 🙂 Being a mom is a tough job and I am glad that I have an outlet, a voice, besides my motherly voice with the kids! 🙂 I certainly love your blog too and find it very inspiring as well. So glad I found you!

      • lolakojane

        Thank you too, Nicole. We are human beings, and none of us are perfect, but I think it is what we do MOST of the time and strive for, that counts.

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