“Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~Mother Teresa~
If there is anyone this quote is describing, it is Nikki. I recall first meeting her as a Shift Supervisor of one of the first Starbucks stores I managed. Her energy and excitement, just over life, were contagious! At the time I wasn’t quite sure if her non-stop energy was from her Venti White Mocha with 10 pumps of Caramel and extra Caramel Drizzle, or if that was just her personality. Now, several years later, a successful business owner, stylist, and soon-to-be parent, her energy is still equally as contagious…sans the Venti White Mocha with an added bag of sugar! 🙂
Nikki’s optimistic outlook has always impressed me. During the time we first met she worked three jobs to put herself through school and to pursue her passion of becoming a Cosmetologist. She picked up every extra shift available and never complained. I know that her life hasn’t always been easy, but she is an amazing example that through dedication, hard work, and optimism, you can accomplish your dreams!
There are always challenges with becoming a new parent. Things never quite go the way you envision them in your mind, and those precious, innocent, little bundles of joy, come with a lot of sleepless nights and plenty of extra anxiety! All that being said, I don’t know if I’ve ever met two people more ready for the beautiful journey of parenthood! Nikki and Justin, you two will make amazing parents! Nikki, I cannot wait to see your energy and optimism reflected in your beautiful daughter! And, Justin, I have only known you a short time but I know your sense of humor is going to keep Nikki going when it’s 2am and no sleep is wearing on her!
Your sweet daughter is so blessed to have the two of you as parents, and I couldn’t be more excited for you!! Enjoy the journey, and the best advice I’ve been given that I can pass along is not to blink, because the days are sometimes long but the months and years go by so, very, fast!!