I thought it about time I reveal a little more about who I am. It is easy to forget there is a person behind the blog when you read so many, and I thought I would share 11 things about me, you might not know, a bit of an opportunity to get to know Nicole.
- Before joining Adam in our business Fernbrooke Homes, I worked in Pharmacy for 13 years. I was a stay at home Mum to my first daughter, when I had the unlikely luck to land my first job in a small country pharmacy. My first boss was a difficult man to work for, however I will be forever grateful for the strength of his work ethic and what it taught me. He gave me such a great start to my career, beginning as a pharmacy assistant and eventually training my way to become a dispensary assistant. Time passed and my old boss sold up his pharmacy and along came boss number 2, fresh out of uni, and keen to make a difference. What a breath of fresh air he was, also mentored by his Father, who had been in pharmacy all his life, these 2 made a dynamic duo. Through my time with them, they invested heavily in my training, and I went on to manage a pharmacy in my own small town. With the break down of my first marriage, a shift in focus came and my time with boss number 2 ended, I went on to work for a group of pharmacies, where I was responsible for the set up of new stores, buying for the group of 11 shops and even designing and setting up catalogue campaigns. I loved this role, a real challenge. Soon it was time to give up this position in order to work with Adam, and we haven’t looked back since.
- I had my first daughter at 20. It was a long hard road, but I am very, very proud of who it has made me, and who my daughter has grown to become. She is a fine young lady, who is in the process of joining the air force. It’s difficult to imagine my mild mannered, quiet daughter in the armed forces, but I couldn’t be prouder.
- I no longer have a relationship with my Mother. My mother and I had a strained relationship after the breakdown of her marriage to my father. It was always very difficult, and I am afraid that when my own marriage broke down, she wasn’t at all happy with my choices. I grieved over the loss of my mother for many years, until recently when I was reminded of just how troubled she actually is. I am now comfortable with my loss, I’m in a great space, and very happy.
- Step parenting is the most difficult thing I have ever had to do. I thought being a parent was hard, and it is, for me, being a step parent is so much harder. The most simple way I can explain, is that at night, just before you fall asleep, you just inherently know that your children love you, when you’re a step parent, and you’ve had a tough day, in that moment it’s hard to imagine that they might. I would like to point out, that step children also have the same concerns, I am not alone in this. In fact, being a step anything is difficult.
- I have a port wine birth mark on my right leg. It runs from under my foot to mid way up my calf. It was a source of great embarrassment when I was a teenager, but to be honest I now forget it’s there. As an uncomfortable teen, I would tell people it was from a spider bite, now I encourage kids to ask about it, and offer for them to touch it so that they understand that it is quite a normal thing. My Nan used to tell me, it made me special, and when I went to heaven, I would be the first to sit on God’s knee. This gave me so much comfort in my difference.
- For 5 years of my life, I showed and bred Staffordshire Bull Terriers. I had to give it away after having my son, it was just too much work. Contrary to popular belief at the time, I never made a cent from selling my puppies, even though at the time I was paid top dollar for them. I was hugely passionate about reinvesting that money into the breed, and would spend any left over money showing my dogs. An expensive hobby, but I met so many amazingly passionate people.
- I was a very troubled teen. In fact there were times in my teenage years, I was very lucky to survive. I carried a lot of demons with me, and felt misunderstood, until a fortunate break down of a turbulent relationship, and my Father’s unswaying faith in me pulled me through.
- I am on top of an AFL tipping comp for the third time in 5 years. I was brought up a passionate AFL supporter in an equally passionate Rugby League town of Redcliffe. In fact we lived a few doors away from the great Arthur Beetson, and I went to school with Petro Civoniceva, but this did nothing to incite my appreciation for League. It’s only been since my son started playing that I’ve grown to love the sport. AFL was so unpopular when I was a child, most kids at school had no idea what it even was. I recall being really frustrated when the Brisbane Lions started winning people were still oblivious. Things have changed now though, and I am proud to be top of the comp.
- I’ve never won a trophy. Growing up with a brother who excelled at every single sport he tried this was difficult for me. (still is) After my complaining got too much, my parents had me put on a concert at home, I was so excited, I thought I was about to receive a trophy I could call my own. I didn’t sleep the nigh before the concert and was so excited I was trembling all the way through. At the end of the concert for three, my Mum proudly presented me with…………….. and ice-cream shaped bottle of bubble bath. That’s as close as I ever got. It’s still on my to do list, though I have no idea these days how the opportunity will present itself.
- I am passionate about women in the construction industry. I believe we have such a valuable roll to play. I am so pleased to be involved with this industry in a time of such great change. Women are playing the biggest roll in the industry now, much more accepted than before. What a positive change for us all.
- My husband and my Father are my greatest supporters. Every day they both tell me how much they love and support me. My Dad has taken on his step children with so much love in his heart. So much so, he doesn’t talk about his step grandchildren, only his grandkids. That’s what they are, his family, no step needed. My husband is the greatest roll model for our children, he has a heart filled with love that he readily shares, and lives his life with passion and commitment. I am blessed to have them both so involved in my life.
There you have it, 11 things most people would not know about me. Do you have one thing about yourself you’d like to share? Something most people would not know? Was there anything on my list you did know?
This week I am linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.