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2019, that’s a wrap. Hello 2020.

girl in floral dress holding a glass of wine


That’s a wrap. What a year it has been.

If you were to ask me to choose one word to define the year I’d say “GROWTH”. We grew our family with the birth of Maverick, I grew personally, and I grew as a woman in business with my blog and the start of my Etsy shop.

If you were to ask me 10 years ago where I saw myself, I didn’t necessarily see children in the picture. Now, I can’t imagine my life without them and I feel like I am who I was meant to be (not to sound cliche). This past year, becoming a mom for the second time, I’ve learned to embrace the chaos, the messy and imperfect. A far cry from the punctual, perfectionist I was before. I’ve learned to balance life with two kids, a career, being a wife, sister, friend. At times I feel like I’m being pulled into a million different directions but at the end of the day, my priority is mom and the little people I’ve created.

Nicolle Mallinson Our Tiny Nest family photo

Whenever you face a setback, there comes growth. One of the challenges I experienced this year was being diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy towards the end of my pregnancy. At a time that is supposed to be happy and full of smiles and pictures, I instead wanted to hide.  However, in hindsight, I can now say I grew from it.  I learned to face things head on and talk about it. As a Type 9 (where’s all my enneagram peeps), I hate talking about difficult things. I’d rather bury my head in the sand, ignore it and move on. But this wasn’t something I could just ignore. So I plastered my picture on social media for all to see as a way to get ahead of it. Often in life, we will face little blips in the road. At the time they may seem big or scary, but you will get through them.


girl hiding face bells palsybells palsy

2019 also saw the growth of my business. Back in 2017 when I started blogging, I had no intention of monetizing and having it become a little side hustle. This year brought many opportunities and I am so fortunate and thankful for where it has taken me. Not only is it a side income, but it’s become a place where I can express myself and explore my passions. In September, I launched my Etsy shop with my custom stamped books and farmhouse decor. I’m looking forward to continuing to foster the connections I’ve built and keep creating.

farmhouse stamped books on tray on bed


Going into 2020, my word is FLOURISH. By definition, Flourish means “to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment.”  When I think of the word flourish, I think of a beautiful flower blossoming when given the right soil, enough sunlight and water. I am carrying that concept into the New Year. I have planted all of the seeds, laid out a favorable environment and now this year will blossom in my family, relationships, career and homelife. I’m going to take the time to nurture my body, really spend quality time with those that I love and continue to create a flourishing home and work environment that brings me purpose.


What is your word for 2020?


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    Lindsay Leiviska
    January 1, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Flourish is beautiful!!! Mine is thrive!! Similar mission and goal for the year for us both! Beautiful blog, by the way. Blessings to you!

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    January 4, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Nice post! Happy 2020 🙂

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    January 4, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Yep- as a mama embracing the messy and imperfect is key! Oh, and my 2020 word? Acceptance. 💕

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    January 4, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Hello my sister “Nicole” lol. I love meeting other Nicole’s. It used to get on my nerves how common my name was, cause growing up I always wanted to have some exotic-not-your-everyday name. But, over the years I’ve learned to love that most Nicole’s I’ve met have been incredible women!! I wanted to say congrats on growing your family! I am so very familiar with everything that comes with that- as I’m a mom of 4. And thankfully now I know for certain that # won’t change. hehe. But I wanted to say, that I commend you for finding your balance. I find it beautiful when strong, amazing women share their stories on growth. It takes a lot to be a mom, let alone a mom to multiples. I hope 2020 is a year of prosperity and stability for you & your family!

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    January 4, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Congratulations on your expanding family and all of the wonderful “mess” that comes with it.
    I had never considered having a word to help define this next year. I love the idea, and love your word “Flourish”.

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    January 10, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Love that word. I’m choosing “light” and I set some intentions. Looking forward to seeing how the year shakes out for you!

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