The adventure I’ve been on these last six months with Marian, Lindsey, Alisha, Renee, Doniree, Molly, and all of you has been indescribably life-changing. I didn’t know I had it in me to write like this, to be so honest and transparent with strangers (a lot of you aren’t really strangers anymore!); I didn’t know I was capable of inspiring other people. I was a girl who felt lost and misunderstood, even to herself.
You, by reading and through your comments, have shown me I’m not alone, crazy, or lame. You have made me buzz with joy, knowing I’ve helped you see your QLC differently and knowing you relate to what I’m going through. Your comments have made me laugh, cheer, think and cry, and your friendship and love has given me the strength to be honest and strive for better.
YOU are Stratejoy.
This community has been an incredibly important part of my life these last six months and, though I’m SO sad to not be writing here anymore, I know I’m not leaving. I can’t wait to see what brilliant wisdom the Season 4 bloggers have to impart, and I’m sure I’ll be continually inspired, by them and by you, for a long time to come.
Since my first post went up in August, I’ve grown from having no idea what I want to having clear vision of my future. I’ve become more confident and balanced, more self-aware and honest, more excited and proactive. I’ve faced my fears, learned to love being single, and proclaimed “Quarterlife Fuck Yeah!!!” It’s been a terrifyingly awesome journey.
Thank you for sticking with me through it all; thank you for helping me grow into the woman I now am.
Because Stratejoy inspired me to make this next step, I have an announcement to make here. Y’all are hearing it first. Today – right this minute – I’m launching my new website, The Grateful Sparrow (if you were following me before, it’s different!) and I want to invite all of you to be a part of it.
I’m committing to talk about joy. Your experience of it, lack of it, the process of finding it, growing with it, keeping aware of it. I want to inspire you to live a life you love and love the life you live, every day. I want it to be your go-to source for a jolt of inspiration and to jump-start your daily gratitude. It’s the anti-kumbayah; your happiness is serious business, and it’s totally within your control.
Molly & I agreed Stratejoy and The Grateful Sparrow are totally BFFs; let’s keep building this community of amazing, inspiring people and keep the love flowing!
CHEERS to everything you’ve taught me and everything we’ve shared, t0 changing the way we look at the QLC, to being fucking amazing strong women, and to who we are and who we’ll become…
All my love,
[Note from the Coach: Nikki- Damn straight! The Grateful Sparrow and Stratejoy are totally BFF’s! I know these last 6 months have been full of twists and turns and challenges and surprises, but through it all- you have remained utterly open and present. To life. To the possibility of joy in the moment. And it’s been a gorgeous, gorgeous thing to witness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing it with us. Your authentic voice and soul sister stories will be missed.
But… As we all know- you’ve got a new “home” from which to keep inspiring us. And a big wide world to explore. And bunches to love to share and receive. From one joy-embracer to another– all my wishes for success in any path you choose to skip down, Nikki. It’s yours for the taking. And yes, we still have an outstanding date to play on lawns, drink wine together, and dissolve into multiple bouts of laughter. Soon, I promise. Nothing but love, Molly]