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What's this blog series all about? Let me satiate your curiosity :) I decided as part of my book launch campaign to feature 28 holistic souls - 1 every day leading up to my 28th birthday on December 8th, which is also the official launch date.

I couldn't host a blog series without featuring my beautiful mom, Jennifer! As you can see in this photo of us and my two sisters, we're very close. My mom was always my biggest cheerleader growing up and still is. She is my sounding board when I need advice or want to bounce a creative idea off of. 

When she didn't recoil or question my first book's title, I breathed a sigh of relief and figured, if she liked it - others probably would, too! She's been a huge champion in this project and without her, I doubt it would have come together as smoothly and quickly as it has. Mom, I love you to the moon and back. I am grateful for the 27 years we got to spend living in Michigan, together and now long and look forward to visiting California just to get one of your hugs and cuddle up next to you. It's those little things you take for granted when you have them.

I could go on and on about all the incredible gifts and talents my mom possesses, but I'll share just a few. First, she has an incredible gift of making others feel welcome and inviting them in to her life, a skill-set I've tried to emulate. She is SUPER crafty and creative, like build a tree-house crafty, and take an old door, rig your own miter and make a custom king sized bed headboard - ALL BY HERSELF! I am fond of all of our "building memories" growing up. Together, we ran a photography studio and let me tell you, my mom is one BADASS and Brilliant photographer. Take some time to check out her present and past work here


1. Nicole's definition of BADASS and Brilliant encompass: passion and thinking for yourself. First, what is your passion? Second, can you share one example of how your passion has guided you to think for yourself?

1) I would be hard pressed to come up with a single thing that I am passionate about, so rather than be that narrow I would have to say that I am pretty passionate about life. Being in the moment with whomever, for whatever purpose and to enjoy it to the fullest. So whether that was homeschooling my kids and being fully vested in their educations or learning something new, jumping into things with both feet with persistence and determination, that IS my passion. I may not always succeed in accomplishing something perfectly, but I will certainly give it a try. 

2) Think for myself? Hmmm, everyday in raising my girls, but most recently when I decided I wanted to go for my "dream job" with SmugMug. For two years I continued to write in to the HR director and until one day when they finally responded that I would be given an interview. That persistence and determination served me well as I have been working for this world class company now for 3+ years. 

2. Nicole chose to highlight the dwindling honeybee population and its affects on the aspect of global agriculture. No bees, no food. No food, well? You get the picture. What's one holistic cause you would like to bring more awareness to?

There are so many to choose from, but I think I would have to say just the ability to advocate for people that don't know what they don't know. Whether that is for ones children with doctors or schools for allowing you as the parent to have say and options when it comes to your children's health or education. Or maybe it is advocating for ones aging parents as they navigate life choices they have never faced with insurance companies and medical decisions. Learning to be educated on whatever topic or concern you have so that you can ask the right questions and have responses that can aid in moving toward positive resolutions and solutions for those you love or even those who just don't know. 

3. Nicole suggests in order to create success on your terms, one must develop two fundamental skill-sets: inner peace and confidence. What technique or practice do you recommend to develop inner peace? Lastly, what's your definition of confidence? 

1) Inner peace for me is having confidence in my faith. Knowing that the buck doesn't stop with me and that when things seem out of control, which honestly thinking I EVER have control is totally a ruse, gives me peace. My dad has a saying that I love. "Everything is going according to plan and is right on schedule". When you put it into the context of his faith, and mine, knowing that we serve a loving and constant God who IS watching and DOES have a plan, then I can rest. 

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is,
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

2) I used to think of confidence as something tangible, something earned by experience and hard work. Today, I think of confidence as more of an intangible, can't put your finger on, but you know it when you see it kind of thing. 

To me it is a sense of well being that comes from deep inside that kind of goes along with the sense of inner peace. When one is secure in the knowledge of who they are, whose they are and in that, what they are here to do, then confidence is an outpouring of those deep seated knowings. It then extends to who one is and how they approach life, situations and others. When that is totally in sync the confidence is real and not showy, not pushy or rude. It is attractive and draws others into it's wake.

So grateful to feature 28 other BADASS and Brilliant souls!

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Nicole Zaagman

NICOLE ZAAGMAN is the creator of the Discovering Your Brand Story® Program, founder of LUX CHIX™ and host of the LUX CHIX™ Radio Show. Empowering other health conscious WONDER WOMEN to LOVERAGE™ their past experiences to impact present and future SUCCESS, attract IDEAL CLIENTS & follow their DREAMS is what she does best. She is a caring and creative individual at heart. Her experience working as a graphic and digital designer, starting a professional photography studio with her mother and creating her first business at age 22 all culminated together to express her purpose as the Luxury Image Director. With the self discovery she obtained after going through a health crisis in her early twenties, NICOLE now enjoys helping others use their own experiences to cultivate confidence and achieve success. Her mission is for others to value themselves, and realize what they have done really does matter. And furthermore, teach them in order to be successful they must be willing to share their experience with the world. NICOLE and her husband Ken reside in West Michigan with their Maltese dog, Nickel.