Between this blog, a few articles, and my recently paused YouTube
channel, I write and talk about three main themes.
First, is spirituality. I write and talk about my
experiences with spiritual/consciousness awakening and my understanding of
various spiritual topics. My spiritual practices and experiences are an important
part of my life.
Secondly, is personal growth. I used to be a life coach. I
trained with a coaching school and received an education in emotional
intelligence. After my training, I set up my business, my website, and shifted
the focus of my social media. It was a career that I worked hard for, but it
wasn’t meant to be.
Thirdly, I write and talk about my experience with breast
cancer. It’s been almost 12 months since my diagnosis. Some days I think it’s
in the past, but recently I was reminded that it’s still very much part of my present.
It was after my cancer diagnosis that I paused my coaching
practice. My coaching career was so new, I couldn't imagine closing it, but I
did. While healing from surgery and treatment I had to admit to myself that it
was time to close it permanently. I couldn’t share energy that I didn’t have.
Restarting my career has been challenging. My energy was
precious, and I had to spend it wisely. I followed my heart and did what I
loved. I wrote a blog and articles and, for a short while, created videos for
my YouTube channel.
You can still see remnants of my short-lived coaching career
in the way I ‘brand’ my online presence. When I was a coach, it was important
to stand out to have a niche and branding. I selected colors and wrote copy for
my website. The images I used were carefully selected.
I was comfortable in that branded lane. It was an image that
I could fit into. But now, without a business to market, the branding serves
no purpose. Maybe in the past it was cover for an introvert, but it’s no longer
My experiences the past few years have taught me that I no
longer need an image to stand behind. I have things to say. I have experience
and wisdom to share. It’s time to un-brand me.
After 54 years of life, I’m comfortable being me.
I’ve had several careers and breast cancer all within the
past few years. I love to write and will continue to write and, hopefully one
day, make a career of it. But for now, I am not a brand. I am me.
I am Nikki DeForest.
The Sunflower Picture.
This picture is mine from a walk last summer. I use it again to
honor the people of Ukraine. Their strength and spirit are inspiring as they fight a war that they didn’t want.
Sunflowers are symbolic of happiness and optimism. And because of Ukraine, they also symbolize nuclear disarmament.