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Life and Work with Nicole Anetipa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Anetipa.

Nicole, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I wish I could tell you I had a happy beginning to my story but a huge part of where I am now, is being honest with everything. My journey first started in 2015 when I was 21 years old and diagnosed with endometriosis. My husband and I already had a 1 year old son but being told I might never be able to have another baby was really scary. Endometriosis is a disease that is only recently becoming more talked about and ever since my diagnosis, I’ve been trying to shine a light on it. The disease causes extreme pain and among many things, can lead to infertility. Thankfully, we welcomed another boy into our family a year after my diagnosis.

In 2016, in addition to becoming a mother of 2, I decided to open (what started as) a handmade baby blanket business. My business quickly grew and my creativity continued to blossom. I starting designing my own fabrics, sewing handbags, and I was fortunate enough to meet the most amazing people through my work. My endometriosis flared up mid-2017 and I started falling behind with my work. With the overwhelm of the holiday season, the passion for sewing began to fade as my love for it became a chore. It’s hard having something you loved so much become a struggle to do. I had, and still have, an amazing community of women that help lift me up.

That brings me to the last 6 months of my journey. With the help of some amazing self-help books, my dive into manifesting my dreams, and the realization that I can achieve anything I want – here I am. I reactivated my personal Instagram account (@nicolespeaksup) and went head first into the lifestyle blogger world. I ended up having a miscarriage in May 2018 and was very, very vocal about it. Once I started talking about my real life, I realized just how many women I know experienced the same or similar situations but never had an outlet. Ever since then, I’ve made it a point to continue to better myself and my health, talk about topics people often keep quiet, and I’m just getting started.

I’ve always had a passion for writing and I feel extremely blessed to have this ability to get important messages out there. Even if I’m able to help and relate to just one person, if I’m able to inspire one person to get out of a dark place, if I’m able to make one person smile by what I wrote, I will take that opportunity every day.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Absolutely not! I learned two really valuable lessons while running my handmade business. These lessons are something that all business owners, bloggers, and young women, in general, should use.

1. Always remember that what you put out into the world, comes back to you. When you support other small businesses, send a nice message to your favorite blogger, etc. it will come back to you. There’s a saying by author James Keller that goes, “A candle doesn’t lose its light by lighting another candle.” This is essentially my golden rule and I’ve made it a point in my life, a part of my brand, and literally who I am, to lift other women and entrepreneurs up however I can.

2. Just because they’re your friends, they might not be your biggest supporters. I’m in no way saying my friends haven’t supported me but I’ve also made some of the best friends in my life through customers and complete strangers. If you’re selling something, don’t expect your friends to become customers but treat your customers like friends.

If you’re just starting your journey, stay true to yourself. Build your tribe of supporters and friends and grow. Even if the growth is slow, grow into yourself and love yourself along the way.

Please tell us about Nicole Speaks Up.
As of right now, I’m a blogger. It’s still weird to say because it’s so new that but I guess it’s true! 9-5 I’m a medical biller and I’m currently getting my Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

I’m most known for my honesty and my ability to be completely raw with my emotions. I talk about real issues, real joys, and just real life! That’s definitely what I’m most proud of as well. In this time of social media, we get so caught up in the perfect pictures, the likes, and the followers. While so many small businesses rely on a social media presence to survive, it’s just so important to stay true. I mean have you noticed the crazy perfect fitness models getting in on it? Those side by side pictures with the cellulite or belly flab next to their rock hard abs? Even they are noticing that their followers are more attracted to genuine, relatable people!

I’m still finding my way and learning about myself but taking my followers along on the journey is also helping them come into their own selves.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
I’m pretty sure I had the most supportive parents possible. I’m so lucky that I had parents that attended every sporting event, took me to every school function, and let me explore all kinds of hobbies. The opportunities they gave me allowed me to try a lot of different things and their involvement set the standard for the type of mother I am and want to be.

My mom was an entrepreneur, she still is if you ask me – I don’t think anyone ever stops once you get that kind of mindset. Her drive, hustle, and passions inspired me into the woman I am today. Sure, I could’ve been encouraged to be a doctor or lawyer maybe but my parents encouraged me to be successful. They encouraged me to be successful in whatever I set my mind to.

Also – I was a Girl Scout. Pretty sure anyone who was a Girl Scout is kind of destined for entrepreneurship- it takes hustle! (Or parents who are willing to buy a million boxes of cookies…)

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1 Comment

  1. Lucille Mattos

    August 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Beautiful Nicole so proud of your accomplishments never stop believing in your self. Love and good wishes to you and your family.Aunty Lucille

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