Nicole Haddenham, née Carlson, is a writer living in Denver, Colo., who spends her 9-5 working in HR technology. Nicole began blogging in 2007 but has been putting words to paper since she was quite young, starting her first writing club — The Petite Poets — in elementary school. Currently, Nicole leads a monthly writing circle called Denver Creates, a community of writers who have been meeting since early 2016.
Beyond her love for writing, Nicole has a pretty intense case of wanderlust and a curiosity for just about everything. She is never without a book and usually has at least a few she’s in various stages of reading. Nicole started her blog, Trajectory of a Life , as a method of sharing her life’s trajectory with friends, family and anyone else interested, as well as to connect with like-minded individuals. The blog features stories of giving back, travel, life experiences and lessons, weekly reflections and more.
Originally from a small town in South Dakota, Nicole has also called home the states of Wyoming, Delaware and now Colorado, where she currently lives with her husband and fur baby, Ellie.
I believe in kindness for self and others. | I believe in do-gooding regularly with no need for recognition. | I believe in pedicures and spa days. | I believe learning new things and taking classes is the path to self. | I believe taking steps outside one’s comfort zone should be done daily. | I believe accessories make an outfit. | I believe music is truly good for the soul. | I believe in solo travel and movies and dinner dates. | I believe in wanderlust. | I believe in making lists and plans and goals. | I believe in taking time to laugh and learn and love. | I believe your life is your message to the world and you should do all you can to make it inspiring. | I believe in leaving a legacy. | I believe being at 36k feet with no access to cellphones is bliss. | I believe in pausing and mindfulness and taking time to just be. | I believe the city is where I belong but there’s something to be said about wide-open spaces. | I believe in friendships and time spent laughing and building relationships. | I believe we are all connected. | I believe a home filled with books is a happy one. | I believe in hard work and integrity. | I believe we are all doing the best we can with what we have. | I believe in mountain air and campfires and stargazing and majestic peaks. | I believe that my feet hitting the pavement and fresh air filling my lungs can change even the worst day. | I believe in lazy weekend mornings of writing and coffee drinking. | I believe in being a little bit overdressed for every occasion. | I believe in spending time with kiddos + seeing life through their eyes. | I believe in recording life through journals and blog posts. | I believe living in the arena and being vulnerable is the only true way to grow as a human being. | I believe in doing what sparks joy. | I believe the only way out is through. | I believe in owning your story. | I believe nothing is wasted. | I believe in holding myself to a standard of grace, not perfection. | I believe in beginning again, and again, and again. ~Nicole Joy, 1/3/2016