Before she decided to go to college, Nicole’s daily life consisted of working full-time and trying to find her voice as a novelist in Alabama’s largest metropolitan area.
A Delayed Start
When it comes to education, Alabama has a bad reputation. Although I graduated with an advanced diploma and received acceptance letters to several colleges, I didn’t feel prepared to go to college right away. I stayed home for a while and started working towards becoming an independent adult.
My first job after high school was at a neighborhood pharmacy. After a few months on the job, I knew it wasn’t the career for me. I often would pass the time by searching for other careers. A majority of the jobs I wanted required a Bachelor’s degree, so I eventually enrolled into Miles College.
A Blog to Write it Out
After a few years of going to school, working full time, and dealing with a serious relationship, I found myself becoming worn out, stressed, and at times depressed. Because I’m naturally guarded with my feelings, I felt the only way to release my pain was to write. Instead of keeping a private journal, I felt the need to share what I was going through in an impactful way. I started a blog to inspire, uplift, and encourage women like me.
In Alabama and the nation as a whole, there are so many women facing similar situations that I knew my blog could be the voice for us. I began to take myself serious as a writer and began to look ways to build my experience.
More Than Blogging
After starting the blog, I started serving as a reporter for the Milean. Eventually I became the newspaper’s Managing Editor and a blogger for CampusLATELY. With the support of family and friends, I started my first novel, No Room for Trust. Based off the experiences of young women in Birmingham, the novel is an tale that many teens and young adults could relate to. After connecting with a local self-published author, I decided to go the self-publishing route and released my novel stress free at a very low cost. The book has been inspiring other women to not only tell their stories, but to also write them down.
Within this year, not only have I learned a lot about blogging, writing and branding, I’ve met some amazing women who are a part of the Alabama community. Often I hear people say Birmingham is not the right place to be when it comes to being a professional, but I have to disagree. Without Birmingham, I wouldn’t be where I am today as a writer.
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