now introducing: weekly Perspective Perspoctives!

“So if you like doing something, do it regularly; if you don't like doing something, make a habit of doing something different.” ~ Epictetus

Hello New + Loyal Readers!

Thanks for popping in! Three months have passed since my last blog, but in the mean time I've brought back Perspective Perspoctive and have started posting new videos weekly.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Perspective Perspoctive, it's a video show I've created which is dedicated to looking at the same situation from different perspectives. And the title is my play on "po-tay-to, po-tah-to." There's a Perspoctive to every Perspective out there, and I'm on the hunt to find where the most impactful Perspoctives live.

A lot of my show looks into culturally accepted ways of thinking, speaking, and behaving, and then... turns the beat around, so to speak. I highlight different ways in which certain thoughts, language patterns, and actions are often fueled by disempowering foundations (meaning, they are built around the perpetuation of insecurities or the like).

My intention is to share my discoveries with you, in case my insights open you up to a new way of thinking, talking, and behaving that results in you feeling more closely aligned with your Truth (instead of feeding insecurities). 

So go check out Perspective Perspoctive and subscribe to get updates when I post new videos (which will happen on Mondays)! WOOT!

xo Nic

so what had happened was...

"Oh hey." ~ Nic Strack

It's been nearly 6 months since I've posted here. Hilariously, the content of my last post was about feeling resistance to writing again. I guess we can see how THAT battle went. Har har! But the whole truth is: I've been writing for myself pretty consistently over the past 6 months, and I'm proud of that! And now I'm going to see about writing publicly again. You know, the ol' dip-my-toe-in-the-water dance of visibility.

My writing circle loves and I often discuss the notion of not being "precious" about putting our work out in the world. Like... get over yourself and hit publish already! But in a gentle and loving way. ðŸ˜‚  And that's what I'm doing. Again. And I'm not (overly) getting down on myself for the 6 month gap since my last post. Because that's my life right now. *shrug* Thus I'm rolling with it.

So YAY for me getting back into it and YAY for you reading this!

xo Nic

starting where I am.

"Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That's why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there'd be no Resistance.”
~ Steven Pressfield

I don't remember exactly when I started my first blog – it was at least 6.5 years ago, and maybe longer. In that period of time, I have started and stopped writing more times than I care to count. I've had phases of really consistent writing, phases of erratic writing, and extended periods of silence. Long posts, short posts, heartfelt posts, silly posts, posts with learnings, posts with intended teachings. E & I even had a joint blog when we were living in New Zealand.

And now I'm here. Reviving my blog. Again. And while on one hand I'm feeling enthusiastic about it, on the other, I'm feeling anxious. Nearly every time I re-start posting on my blog, I set rigid expectations about how often I need to post and what's acceptable to share. I also worry about "failing" again, as I have in the past, to keep up with publishing consistently.

It's yet another project I'll abandon – why start? I'll probably just give up on it again like I have in the past. It's not worth it. Nobody even cares about what I'm writing. This time won't be different.

It's incredibly difficult to get anything done when there's a voice in my head telling me all the reasons why I can't/shouldn't be writing. Resistance, as Steven Pressfield calls it, can be a real bitch sometimes (my words, not his). This post is about owning it, and moving forward anyway.

Dear Resistance,

I hear you. Thanks for trying to keep me "safe" from "failure" – I'm getting back in the saddle despite, and will see where I go this time. I'm going to risk "failing" and "looking dumb" to do what comes naturally to me: write. I'm going to write whatever wants to come out of me, and whatever happens after that will happen. And that's that. Ok thanks. Bye.

- Nic

Sometimes I tell myself I "should" be beyond Resistance by now for X, Y, and Z reasons. But the reality is: I'm not. Resistance is here and it's strong right now, particularly as I get back on the creative horse.

So instead of putting on a front, my intention with this latest revamp of the blog is to really bare it all. I'm tired of thinking I need to tie everything up in a pretty bow every time I write... end things on a positive note... teach some kind of "lesson." I'm going to sit my ass down at my desk and I'm going to write. And see what happens. I have no idea where this will take me (or us if you're willing to accompany me), but I'm eager to find out.

xo Nic

 didn't clean to make the picture look better - here's my desk in all of its messy glory

didn't clean to make the picture look better - here's my desk in all of its messy glory

oh hey.

"In all kinds of ways - if we are willing - our children take us into places in our heart we didn't know existed." ~Dr. Shefali Tsabary

SO... we have a seven month old now. Somehow, seven months have passed since she made her debut on All Hallows' Eve. It's been a slow sprint of sorts with time passing in an inexplicable way (I now understand why people say the days go by slowly, but the years fly by). 

It's been quite an experience so far, and I still am in awe of how much she learns, grows, and changes every day. Definitely more than I do (haha!), but I'm doing my best to keep up.

This past month, I've felt more energized (despite getting arguably less sleep?) and motivated to get back into photography and blogging. How long will this energization last for? I don't know. For now, here I am.

And I actually wrote a lot more than I'd realized, both while pregnant and in the past seven months! I'll start posting stuff retroactively at some point. For now, I'm stoked about the progress I've made with the new look & feel of my website, and I'll celebrate that for a bit.

Then create a new instagram to go along with it. Because #ambitious and #hopefullynotbitingoffmorethanIcanchew. We shall see. Anyhoo, thanks for reading if you're reading this. And I'll be in touch. Soon-ish. ;)

xo Nic

PS - In case you're seeing this post without having seen my website's new welcome page...I have hair again.