Why I Got My Nose Pierced

Hiya! Quick note before we get into my new piercing (ha!).

I’m adding a new section to the blog because as much as I hate writing about myself, I have been doing things more intentionally in not just this business, but my life. And to say the two aren’t connected in my case is just plain denial. So I’ll be adding “The Side Hustle Diaries” to the categories. Yay!


Before I get into why I let a man with a (pretty awesome) face tattoo stick a needle through my nose, I should lay out where I am.

I work for a company in a 9-5 kind of schedule. I work as both the marketing and design departments for this company and have been feeling overloaded for a long while now. See I’m doing my job. The company is growing. The demand for what I need to do is growing and instead of the ratio of company growth to how thin my hair gets (stress, the ponytail killer) I started this business that is what you are currently reading this on (probably.)

So I’m working full time, working on this business because I have goals, which you can read about here if you’re so inclined, and in addition to all of that, I have personal relationships, like my husband, my parents, my siblings and my friends. That’s a lot. My husband and I have also recently made a game changing decision that I don’t want to discuss here because we haven’t talked to family yet, but has kind of given us some latitude in our lifestyle.

So this past weekend was Labor Day weekend and we had a lovely three days to spend together. Saturday, we purged. And when I say we purged, I mean we spent like four hours and five garbage bags and a laundry basket we jacked from the cat getting rid of clothing, books, DVDs, some stuff we’ve been carting around for years and other whathaveyou things. We got rid of so much stuff and things that I felt physically lighter after dropping it off at the donation center.

On Sunday, when we actually got into gear, we had this crazy idea. Let’s go get my nose pierced! A six hour adventure, three tattoo parlors, a nose ring, and a new tattoo later, we returned home to get the butt from the Chitoh because we had left him be all day. And even though my nose smarted (I never realized how much I actually touch my nose) it felt amazing.

Why I Got My Nose Pierced

Like I said earlier, I’m making some serious changes in my business and my personal life. In this post, I talked about the funk that ate a year and a half of my life. I feel for the first time in a long time that I am in control of things. I can make decisions and not have to defer to hubs. I can speak my mind because I’m not thinking “What’s the point?” I can function and take control of the parts of my life that have been neglected for way too long.

Once upon a time, I had a lip ring. Oh yes, I was that girl in my early twenties. I had my rebellious streak on display as a hoop around my lower lip. Since taking it out, which I still feel was a good decision, I have missed that little piece of me.

So I got my nose pierced for two different reasons.

  1. I missed having a piercing. I am a firm believer that if you get something on your face pierced, it should look like it belongs there. My lip ring didn’t look like it belonged anymore. But this little stud fits me and I dig it. It’s not to prove how rebellious i am anymore either. It’s about wanting to do something for me. A nose ring seemed like a good, instantaneous place to start.

  2. I’m taking control, but I love me some fast results. Taking control of the rest of my life (eating habits, exercise habits, lifestyle changes, etc.) is a painstaking process because I’m the “I don’t wanna” type. And I can talk myself out of anything. But I want this, so by feeding myself little, fast wins, I know I’ll stick to the more time consuming, slower choices.

Also, I already told my mom. She’s not wild about it, but she hates it less than the lip ring. : )

What This Means For Nicolina McHugh

No, not me, the business. I don’t do third person. It makes me want to wash my hands.

This means that I’m going to be refining. I’m going to be creating. And I’m doing it all with you in mind.

Next week, I’m announcing something pretty damn huge and I’m really excited to see how it goes. Right now, it’s hanging out as the “coming soon” button in the navigation, but I made you something I think you’re going to like quite a lot.

My new nose ring is the symbol of me taking this seriously. Of me committing to this business, to helping people form their businesses, to keep amazing people doing amazing things because I love it and I want to.

If you had asked me July 1st, when I launched the website, if I was taking this seriously as a business, I would have said yes. But really, I’m finding that Labor Day weekend was the first time I really decided this is what I am going to do. This is what I want to do. I’ve actually committed at this point.

Where We Go From Here

From here, I’ll be creating and doing for you, reader, because I know that while right now my email list is kind of bare and my page views may not be in double digits everyday, I know that the people are out there. I know that people who will find what I make useful and use it to their benefit.

I don’t know if anyone will give a damn that I got my nose pierced, but I know that they are out there, the people that I can provide for. And I want to.

So I’m in. I’m in for the long haul and hope you are too.

And I would like to ask, if I may, what your nose ring moment was. Have you hit your nose ring moment? Share with me in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @nicolina.mchugh if you have pictures but no words.


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