Coffee Convos: quarantine style

Hi loves!

I hope you’re all keeping well and keeping busy while trapped in quarantine! It’s definitely been a change of pace [for myself included] and it’s honestly been nice to see the world slow down for a few weeks, despite the circumstances.

I thought that this was perfect time for a coffee convo catch-up, so I can fill you guys in on what I’ve been up to during this crazy pandemic, despite the days all seeming to blur into one lately. Cozy on up with a cuppa and settle in for a catch up!

plants everywhere

Since I’ve been off of work due to COVID-19 I’ve invested in so many little plant babies that I think I’m turning into the crazy plant lady.

I used to kill anything that was green either by giving it too much sun, not enough sun, too much water, or [you guessed it] not enough water. You can imagine how happy I am that I’ve had these plants for over 2/3 weeks and they not only are they still alive, they’re thriving.

getting creative

I’ve always had an on-going list of projects to try out but I never had time to get around to starting in on that list, until now.

I’ve managed to create some really cute decor pieces with picture frames that I already had and some cheap acrylic paint from the Dollarstore.

My sewing machine has definitely been getting its use over the past couple weeks! A lot of my friends and family have requested face masks so that they can keep themselves [and others] safe while out in public.

etsy shop update

I’ve been so blessed to have numerous Etsy orders come rolling in the past few weeks, and before quarantine got serious I did my absolute best to get all orders out on time. However, as the days went on Canada Post started limited International Shipping.

So in favour of the recommendations provided by the Government of Canada and the Ontario Provincial Government as well as the Ministry of Health, shipping out Etsy orders at this time is declared as NON-ESSENTIAL. I will still be taking orders and they will be back-logged unfortunately until advised otherwise. 

Folding my box spring in half

Boy do I have a story for you guys.

When we moved into the apartment that we currently live in, the movers could not for the life of them fit our queen sized box spring through the door and down the staircase— there just wasn’t enough clearance. So it sat in our shed for about two months [in its original plastic packaging so it didn’t get damaged] and finally I decided that there had to be a way to get it in and also that I probably wasn’t the first person who has had this issue.

Where do I go when I need some inspiration to figure out a problem that I just can’t solve? YouTube. Because like I said— someone else was bound to have had the same problem and what do you know, I was right! I found a video right away that demo’d cutting and folding the box spring in half so that it was easier to maneuver and it would fit down the staircase.

  1. First I had to take off the back fabric piece that was covering the wood and metal frame
  2. Next I had to make one cut in each of the outer wood frame pieces halfway down the frame [vertically]
  3. Then with the help of my brother, we were able to bend the metal frame until the box spring was in half!

I really wish that I had pictures to share with you guys of this whole ordeal but once I set my mind to accomplish something, I don’t stop for anything. I’m so glad that this method worked, we really missed having the height to our bed— it makes all the difference and you couldn’t ever tell that our box spring was once folded in half.

If you want to see a video of this being done [so you can get a better picture of what I’m talking about] you can always hop over to YouTube and search “how to fold a box spring in half”.

Doula Training Started

EEEEKKKK! If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know by now that my day-time job fuels a passion for maternity care that just keeps growing and with that my education!

The second week of March I officially started my Doula [aka maternal support practitioner] certification and I’m loving every second of it so far! It’s jam packed with knowledge and I am so confident that coming out of this I will know everything there is to know about the birth world.


Alright guys, that’s it for this coffee convo, I hope you got a laugh or two out of this post!

Xx,

Nicole

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Raising the bar in 2020

Alright alright, I know I’m almost an entire month late with this one. But better late then never right?

I’m so excited to share the humongous goals I’ve set for 2020- this is going to be a year full of accomplishments and moving on to bigger and better things.

Be more consistent

When it comes to my blog and specifically social media, the one thing that I lack is consistency. I mentioned this a little bit in my last coffee convo’s post, but I’m reiterating it here in my goals for the year.

When it comes to blogging, IG, Twitter, etc– there are periods of time that I find I’m super active and posting daily (or a couple times a week when it comes to the blog) and then there are periods of time that I completely disappear from the social scene.

My goal for 2020 is to stop disappearing randomly on all of you. I’m going to aim to schedule posts so that I’m posting at least once daily on all the socials, and twice weekly on the blog. Scheduling posts ahead of time will help me keep up with providing content, and it will also help me to create content at times when my creativity is flowing instead of waiting for ideas to come when the day arrives.

Grow my audience

Over the course of 2020 I want to grow my audience and following on the blog and all my other social networks. I love that I have this platform to share all my crazy thoughts, connect with you all, and experience great opportunities! I consider you all close personal friends and I want to continue to inspire you, help you with DIY’s, and always keep you up to date on the latest happenings in my crazy life.

In this coffee convo’s post I talked about monetizing the blog, and when you monetize your blog there are new curve balls that you have to figure out how to navigate. One of the curve balls that I’m currently facing is monetizing the blog through WordPress Ads.

Another goal is to grow my audience over the course of 2020, increase my views and following, and get approved for WordPress Ads. This will be awesome financially, ya girl is still paying off those student loans and saving for a house!

Read more books

Last year I honestly picked up a book once or twice and I sure didn’t come close to completing my 2019 Reading Challenge on GoodReads. This year I want to read more books and it should be easy because I have 4 or 5 new (aka thrifted) books currently sitting in a box that I have yet to read.

My goal for 2020 is to read at least 5 books, follow along my profile on Goodreads and make sure that I’m making progress!

Put more away in savings

Last year was an okay-ish year when it comes to putting money away into my savings account. This year I’m kicking it up a notch and working extra hard to save that down payment money for our house!

Every paycheque that I receive this year, I am automatically putting 20% of it into my savings account. This way I know that I’ll be contributing every two weeks and it will be an amount that I can afford while still being able to pay bills and buy coffee/takeout or whatever else I want/need.

I’ll be sure to update you all throughout the year to let you know how the 20% method is panning out, I have pretty high hopes!

Pay off student loan

For anyone else who went to post secondary and had to get a student loan, you feel my pain. So worth it, but gawd does it ever totally suck. And the interest?!? Don’t even get me started.

I am so hopeful that this will be the year that my student loan will officially be paid off. I have been out of school for two full years now, but just recently my Dad and Step-Mom offered to start contributing to help pay it down faster- they are honestly the best ever and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Grow the Etsy shop

I talked about growing the Etsy shop and what’s to come a little bit in this post, it’s going to be a big year for our little shop with lots of new products!

As you all know we are moving (in less than a week, eeekkk!) and the new place has an awesome shed that we are turning into our little workshop. Bigger decor pieces are coming your way and we are so excited.

Along with bigger decor pieces, I am experimenting with stationary products– I have the honour of doing the stationary for one of my very good friends wedding next year so stay tuned for all the prettiest paper things.

We’re doing decor, we’re doing stationary, we’re sowing lots of things and we’re rolling out knitted + crocheted products! So excited and so busy. Stay tuned.

Complete my Doula training

This March I’m starting my doula training and I can not wait! The course is online, and it is 16-weeks long although I actually have up to two years to complete it. It’s a very interactive course and I’m so excited to meet like minded individuals who are just as passionate about the maternal field as I am.

My goal is to complete the course within the 16 weeks that it’s running and have my first client by the end of 2020! I know that it’s going to be hard work and require a lot of focus but I believe that among all the other things that I have going on I’ll be able to prioritize and get it accomplished.


2020 is going to be a crazy, amazing, chaotic, lovely year full of growth and prosperity– I can’t wait to see what it has in store. What your goals for 2020? Let me know in the comment section below!

As always,

Nicole

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Coffee Convos: hello 2020

Hello loves! ♥︎

I can’t believe that we are officially into 2020, an entirely new decade. I am so excited for the new year and I have so many exciting things to look forward to- a new year full of new things and new ideas coming to life.

This coffee convo is all about whats coming up in this new year, and I am so excited to share all the big news. Come join me, grab a nice hot cuppa and curl up for a catch up!

We’re moving again

Tristan & I are moving into a new place and we couldn’t be more excited! The space we are in now worked for the meantime and it was a great experience for our first time out on our own but our new place is definitely an upgrade.

We are moving this February and are in full on brainstorming mode for how we want the space to look! We’ve been constantly browsing through furniture and decor pieces for weeks now, and even managed to score a few things on sale throughout the holiday season.

Starting my doula training

The countdown to March is on, because that is when my doula (aka maternal support practitioner) training starts!

Ever since deciding what I wanted to do with my life during my last year of high school, working within the maternal world was always my plan and to finally see that coming to fruition in 2020 is absolutely soul-fulfilling.

Jumping into blogging and social media

This year I want to stay consistent when it comes to blogging and keeping up with social media. Over the course of this year I’ve found that there have been times that I’m very active on the blog and socials but then theres times where I completely ghost the internet world.

I want to figure out a proper blogging schedule over here on Nicole’s Niches so you all know when to expect posts and I’ll stop keeping you guessing! I also am making a vow to check in on the socials at least once daily.

new look + New series on the blog

If you haven’t noticed, I have officially dropped the “wordpress” from my URL. We are self hosted baby! Along with purchasing myself a domain, I also refreshed the look of Nicole’s Niches with a brand new theme. If you haven’t had a chance yet be sure to check it out!

With a brand new shiny domain and completely new look- comes new series that will be launching on the blog. I’m sure you all know by now that I’m extremely passionate about Home + Decorating so inspired by that I’m starting a new series on the blog that I’m sure will blossom into many others. Stay tuned for the launch, until then it’s a under wraps.

Podcast possibilities

Podcasts are seriously one of my favourite things to listen to, and I have always been intrigued when it comes to starting my own. I have thought about it a lot, have picked out a name, and even know exactly who I want as a co-host. However getting said person to agree and commit to said podcast is still in progress.

My favourite types of podcast to listen to is two friends (or group of friends) who just bullshit about everything and anything, tell funny stories about their lives, and spill the tea on celeb gossip and that is exactly what I want to do.

I’m hopeful that this dream of mine will come alive in 2020, I’m manifesting it so hard y’all.


Now you’re all caught up! Whats been going on lately with you guys? Let me know in the comment section below 🙂

As always,

Nicole

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