Writing, authenticity and Practicing Gratitude

I recently wrote  about the importance of writing from a place of authenticity and the role our audience plays in honest writing.

I have always viewed in these small moments as my place. When I sit down to write, I write about where I am in that moment.

For nearly two years now, I have used this space to express my love for my family, write about my past, and dream of the future.

And those of you who come to read my words have a pretty good idea of the types of posts you’ll find here.

One of the editors at SheKnows contacted me a while ago and asked if I would consider joining their team.

She said she wanted to bring on someone who wrote about parenting “from the heart.”

And in that moment, she handed me a tremendous gift…validation.

She validated the writing that I do here. She reads my blog and knew that I was the person she wanted to bring on.

And that wouldn’t have happened if I had wavered in my writing…if I had written to please others or bent to make my blog like some of the amazing blogs I read.

That’s what I want so badly for those of you who blog. I want you to know that all of the work that you’re putting in is worth it. Whatever you write, do it from your heart. Write for you. And I’ll be right there, cheering you on.

So what will I be doing at SheKnows? I’ll be writing a weekly parenting column called Practicing Gratitude and I’ll be contributing some additional parenting pieces each month in addition to my column.

This new journey leaves me giddy. I barely slept last night in anticipation of my column going live this morning.

I am so grateful to SheKnows for bringing me on board. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up and find out it was a dream.

It would mean the world to me if you’d come by. Today, I’m explaining why it is that I’m such a sap. ;)


  1. Cam nothankyouplease.com

    You are one of my favorite, heart felt writers. I know whatever you write is true and who you are. Thank you for giving us such a gift. You will be great at SheKnows! Congratulations and big hugs to you. BTW, love the new header, I'll be coming over for tea soon!

  2. Congratulations! (Did you sleep at all last night?!)

    Looking forward to reading your posts there.

  3. Tiny Blue Lines tinybluelines.com

    So wonderful Congrats!

  4. Nancy

    This is just wonderful. Congrats, Nichole. Well deserved!

  5. alicia projectalicia.com

    So happy for you. You've earned it! Good luck on this new endeavor!

  6. Congrats! That's wonderful news!

  7. TheKirCorner

    it's fantastic news and so well deserved , if anyone writes from her heart it's YOU my friend. xo

  8. Congrats!! That is so Awesome :)

  9. Shell thingsicantsay.com

    Congrats, Nichole! xo

  10. Megan

    That's wonderful! You are inspiring in your writing youll be great!

  11. Sarah Caron sarahcaron.com

    Congratulations and welcome. Your first column was so touching and brought me to your blog to read more … looking forward to following your writing on SK!

  12. Molly adayinmollywood.com

    Congrats on the new gig! I love this post. I think I try to be honest on my blog and show my true colors. That matters more to me than statistics.

    It is my hope that an opportunity like this will someday present itself to me because I write from the heart.

  13. Jen Has A Pen jenhasapen.com

    Such great news, Nichole! Congrats!

  14. That's a fantastic opportunity & news for you! Congrats to someone who does truly write from the heart. :)

  15. Missy | Literal Mom literalmom.com

    Congrats to you! That's so great!

  16. julie gardner juliecgardner.com

    Congratulations on the HOT new haircut!!!!

    Oh wait. And yes.
    On the SheKnows thing, too. ;-)

    This new position is so well deserved, my friend.
    And cheers to you for sharing all the loveliness of this place elsewhere.


  17. Congratulations! Can't wait to start reading you over there as well!

  18. So freakin' proud of you my love. And I could not agree more, write from the heart, write what you know!

  19. Congrats! I love your writing and am so glad that others see it as well!

  20. twertman

    So proud of you and can't wait to read your posts there! All the best, Nichole.

  21. Kimberly mamasmonologues.com

    Congratulations Nichole! I'm so proud of you.

  22. @GalitBreen twitter.com/GalitBreen

    Nicole! I am so, so excited for you! And I absolutely adore your write up for it here – it's a perfect message!

  23. Jessica fourplusanangel.com

    Could not be happier for you. xo

  24. Tim@SogeShirts

    Congratulations Nichole. So happy to hear your fantastic heartfelt writing is being rewarded.

  25. temysmom

    How amazing! Congratulations. It's always a boost to get that validation, but you are a very talented writer and they are lucky to have you.

  26. Congratulations! So wonderful you have another avenue to continue being you and sharing from your perspective.

  27. Jenni Chiu mommynanibooboo.com

    How wonderful.
    You deserve it.

  28. Yay, yay, yay! I'm so happy for you. Excited to head over and check it out!

  29. Sherri

    I am SO very excited for you! Sending a hug and a glass of bubbly! xoxo

  30. Jessica mytimeasmom.com

    So excited for you!

  31. John daddyrunsalot.com

    Congratulations, Nichole – and, I'm so glad to know that your vision here has been validated.

  32. Alison l MWT mamawantsthis.com

    Congratulations Nichole!! You absolutely deserve this wonderful opportunity.

  33. Marian runawaysentence.com

    hey, congratulations! yippee!

  34. That is awesome news. If you put just a tenth of what you put into your posts here they are going to be brilliant. Congratulations and enjoy the adventure. I am so excited to pop over there now.

  35. Congrats girl!! Totally deserved!!

  36. gigi

    So very happy for your continued success…it's a perfect fit for you and your writing. :)

  37. tracy sellabitmum.com

    congrats!!! So happy for you. xoxo

  38. Bod for tea bodfortea.co.uk

    Oh this is wonderful news! Congratulations. Popping over to read your column now!

  39. Laura anuncommonfamily.com

    Well, I'm only a week late to the party! I've always loved your heartfelt writing and in the recent months when I have NO time to read anything, I still stop by here as often as I can. I meant exactly what I said and am so glad you joined us. Thank YOU for adding your words each week. xoxo

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