Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself...

Quick announcement here! I’m moving from a blog post every Wednesday to every Wednesday and Friday. Yay!


I’m feeling kind of like I’m not firing on all cylinders here.

I’ve been posting and hanging out here for the last almost two months and haven’t actually taken the time to introduce myself. You could always check out my about page, but the fact is, there is more to me than what fits into an about blurb.

A couple spoilers for you, I’m a HUGE Rolling Stones fan (hence the title of this post) and I want to grow up to be the love child of two British men (yeah… I know.)

I’m going to break this post down like a Wikipedia person page so you can decide if you want to know about me professionally, personally or maybe even both. Maybe it’s what will be listed when I get there. (HA!)

Professional Nicolina

By trade, I’m a graphic designer. I was dabbling in a pirated copy of Photoshop before I knew that graphic design was a job for my online RPG forums. Oh yeah. I did that shit. Harry Potter, baby. My guidance counselor told me that it was a job and I bit.

It has taken years of hard work and six years spent getting a two-year degree to get to where I wanted to be when I graduated. I graduated proudly in 2014 with a degree in visual communications and started the dreaded after school job hunt. I got super, duper effing lucky. I’m not going to lie. I graduated in June and had a full-time job I started in August. Wowza right? I couldn’t have been more grateful and still feel like one lucky bug. [tweet that and name that Disney movie… Go!]

My last two years have been full of terrifying experiences from making $3,000 typos to being asked to market when I had no flipping clue what I was doing. Make you a flyer for your marketing plan? By all means! Develop a marketing plan? Holy moly, no. You got the wrong gal. I drove home crying more that I would like to admit thinking that I was going to get fired the next day for something. I made thousands of dollars in mistakes. First Job Nikki was a hot mess. Until I decided not to be anymore. I started reading. I signed up for free online courses. I started buying marketing books. I honed my craft. I took classes for new techniques. I learned social media. I learned how to plan everything out. I went full blown “let me not get fired” mode. And guess what? I rocked it. I got my shit together. I stopped going home on Fridays thinking that by the next week I would be filing for unemployment.

I gained momentum. I found my voice. And most importantly, I gained confidence.

So even though I said, “By trade, I’m a graphic designer,” I have become so much more. And I realized that while I am fortunate and good at what I’m doing, I have more to offer to people that inspire me simply by being them and doing what they are doing.

This inspiration and the desire to connect with amazing people doing wicked awesome things is what made me decide that I want to work for you. So I hopped on Squarespace, got a nod of approval for the risk I was taking from Hubs and got to work. Every day but Sunday I work. I work approximately ten hours a day (between my 9-5 and roughly six days a week. I work to make content for you. I work to develop packages that will help your business. I work to make products that you are going to find useful. And I mother freaking love it. Working for you makes me happy.

So I’m branching out. I’m side hustling and working hard but I’m really excited to say that I have plans for us (that’s right. You and me.) We are going places, baby.

Personal Nicolina

Everyone lives in their own little world. Mine revolves around a large man and a little cat. Hubs and Chi are the two single most important living creatures in the world to me. My little family is my world.

I’m figuring out for the first time in a very long time, if ever what I really want but the more I work toward this business, the more I find that it fits. It fits like that perfect pair of jeans or like a hug from your favorite person. It feels right. I’m not sure where I’m going next or frankly where I’ll be in a year but I am super excited about finding out. And I’m super excited to figure it out as I go. No blueprint here.

I have some pretty fundamental truths that I live by and believe in. They are pretty insightful into who I am so I’ll just include those here.

  • Solutions to problems
  • Helping where I can, how ever that may be
  • Family is the single most important thing in this world
  • Strong relationships make the world go ‘round
  • We get one shot to live so live how you want
  • There is a place for everyone in this world
  • The universe has a balance that will always be maintained

See? Insightful and succinct. That could have been a whole paragraph.

Earlier, I alluded to wanting to grow up to be the love child of two British men. Well, here’s the big reveal. I want to grow up to be the love child of Keith Richards (amazingly talented, devilishly handsome, whip-smart, and pulling off some pretty killer shit at his age) and Richard Branson (innovative, intelligent, also devilishly handsome, and of course mother effing brilliant.) Two amazing men.

Fact is, I’m a trial by fire kind of gal. This is going to be a process and I’m actually excited to do it.

Ending? Nah.

Let’s finish here.

What all of this means for you is this:

I’m a person. I’m a person with hopes and dreams and ambitions and desires. I have good days and bad days and some days that are stranger than fiction.

And you want to know the best part? That means that we already have something in common. And if we have one more thing in common, you’re going to love what comes next.

I’d love to chat. I want to know about you. By clicking the button below, you’re going to be taken to a form that will link you straight to me.

Who do you want to be when you grow up? What are your hopes? What are you looking to accomplish? Let’s chat.