Nicole – Women’s Expressions 2013 Calendar Model

Nicole is 51 years old and is a lively person who enjoys company. She is very generous and sensitive.  Nicole likes spending time outside where she finds peacefulness and where life seems to be at a standstill. To keep in good shape, she practices the following physical activities: spinning, strength training, yoga, meditation, aerobics, alpine skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing, just to name a few.

For Nicole, the joy of life is preparing a nice meal, setting up the table while listening to music and savouring good wine. For her, it is about creating a cozy atmosphere meant to entertain the people she loves around a good table… I lift my glass to Nicole!

Calendar Month – March 2013
Nicole represents ‘Train of Thoughts’

The following is a citation from Goethe that adheres to Nicole’s philosophy of life: 

Train of Thoughts

Nicole’s Inspirational Story

Time Heals All Wounds

I am the youngest of five children. Life has given me a wonderful life partner, whom I married a long time ago and with whom I have given birth to two beautiful and healthy girls. From my perspective, life is extraordinary. I strongly cherish my family, my friends, and, above all, life itself.

Life has also brought along obstacles that I have managed to overcome.

I recovered from a stillborn delivery and a miscarriage; both events happened two years apart. During my final maternity leave, I replenished my energy by Mother Earth, allowing me to continue with my life. I undertook gardening and have not stopped since. Rain or shine, I would till the earth.

This was my way of releasing, bit by bit, my mental suffering, which I had acknowledged and was now ready to let go. According to a Native woman, this practice is the natural approach to healing wounds caused by our life experiences on Earth. I remember feeling appeased and tireless.

When these two unfortunate events occurred, I needed to be present, physically and mentally, for my beautiful 5-year-old daughter Camille. What grieved me the most was announcing the sad news to my daughter, who was waiting for a younger sibling with open arms. How would I tell her? Fortunately, life always seems to provide us with the necessary resources, which, in our case, was a wonderful pediatrician. She suggested we convey the news to our daughter by showing her a picture of the deceased baby we called Élise. In spite of the stillborn delivery and the miscarriage, I managed to become pregnant for the fourth time in 2002, giving birth to a healthy baby we named Alexanne. She was full of life!

It is true that “time heals all wounds”. I must admit that for some time I felt guilty about my unsuccessful pregnancies, but after discussing with many people, I realized that they were lessons of life. From that moment on, I stopped questioning myself. Admittedly, I often recall these events. However, my angels have given me the courage and strength to overcome them. I can feel their presence and can imagine them sitting on a cloud, side by side, waiting to help and protect us when we need them.

On a more positive note, I have learned to discover my inner self and become the woman that I am today. Being a Libra, I am creative, energetic and very sociable. I seek tranquility and inner peace, and I am very generous. When making decisions, I am somewhat ambivalent, and I am striving to rectify this particular aspect of my personality. I usually evaluate the pros and cons meticulously before deciding. I try to develop harmonious and peaceful relationships with everyone I know. I also procrastinate and, depending on the situation, this can represent a quality or a flaw!

My love for fitness training drives me to the gym six days a week. I do strength training, spinning, and yoga. In the winter, I regularly go downhill skiing and skating. I eventually wish to try snowshoeing, kayaking, and mountain climbing. I try to eat well and keep myself informed about current healthy eating practices. I enjoy having great food and drinks in the presence of people I love.

I still have much to discover. Sewing, drawing, Chinese calligraphy and tea tastings are only a few of the activities I want to explore. I currently harbour many dreams, such as climbing a mountain to surpass myself, working with rescued animals (from the jungle or tropical forest), completing a humanitarian mission (building institutions, helping women and children), and going on a sailboat cruise to feel free like the wind. 

To conclude, here is a simple saying that my friend has shared with me and that has kept me focused on the essential things in life: “Love overcomes everything.”

Story by Nicole

Edited by Zoé G.

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